The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 2 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 94-71, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Wooster.
Cold shooting by Hiram (3-10, 1-5 NCAC) in the opening 9:05 of the first half created a sizeable deficit for the Terriers as Wooster (12-1, 6-0 NCAC) led, 21-7, at the 10:55 minute mark. The Fighting Scots continued to pull away and recorded their first 20-point margin at with 7:38 to go in the period en route to having a 50-23 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, Wooster continued its dominating play and posted its largest lead of 32 points on multiple occasions, including a 66-34 lead with 14:28 remaining in the game. Hiram would go on an ensuing 16-4 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by freshman guard Kyle Deckerd(Louisville/Canton South) to get to within 20 points, 70-50, at the 9:46 mark. But that was as close as the Terriers would get the rest of the way as the Scots cruised to the 94-71 win.
Wooster shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field and had five players score in double figures. Doug Thorpe and Scott Purcell led the way with game-highs of 18 points each. Xavier Brown and Kenny DeBoer both added 17 points and Evan Pannell rounded out the high scorers for the Scots with 10 points.
Hiram shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) and was led by senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) with 12 points on five-of-six shooting (83.3 percent). Senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 11 points.
The Terriers will conclude their three-game road trip when they travel to Oberlin for a conference matchup against Oberlin College on Saturday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.