Senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) scored the game-winning basket on a tip-in off of his own miss as time expired to give the Hiram College men’s basketball team a 70-68 victory against Allegheny (Pa.) College in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Hiram (5-12, 3-7 NCAC) led for almost the entire first half and had a large lead of nine points on two occasions with the last one coming with 3:09 left in the period following a three-pointer by freshman guard Andre Serra (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) to make the score 39-30. Allegheny (3-15, 0-11 NCAC) scored the final three points of the half to cut the Terrier lead to six points, 39-33, at the break.
In the second half, Allegheny made it a one-possession game, 44-42, at the 17:07 minute mark, but five straight points by Hiram that ended in a triple by senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munore Falls) gave the Terriers some breathing room with a seven-point advantage, 49-42, with 16:07 to go. Hiram equaled its largest lead of the game of nine points, 55-46, with 12:53 to go, but Allegheny rallied and pulled to within three points, 56-53, at the 11:01 mark. The Gators later took a one-point lead, 66-65, with 2:08 to go before the Terriers regained control with three unanswered points to give Hiram a 68-66 advantage. Allegheny tied the game at 68-68 with 33 seconds remaining, setting up a final shot attempt for Hiram to win the game. Following a miss on his first attempt, Zurowski got his own rebound, but his second attempt would miss the mark as well. He would get a second follow-up chance and tipped the ball into the basket as time ran out to give the Terriers the 70-68 victory.
Allegheny shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) overall as a team and had two players score in double figures led by Ryan Stanko with a game-high 21 points. Josh Valentic was second with 15 points.
Hiram shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from the field and was led in scoring by Stefanov with 17 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent). Zurowski was second with 11 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the double-double. Rounding out the high scorers was senior forward Justin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg) with 10 points.
Hiram will travel to Delaware for a NCAC game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 1. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.