The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell to DePauw (Ind.) University, 84-71, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Greencastle, Ind.
DePauw (15-6, 10-4 NCAC) outscored Hiram (5-16, 3-11 NCAC), 12-5, in the first 4:20 and later went on a 13-0 scoring run to take command and had a 28-11 margin at the 9:59 minute mark. The Terriers would cut the deficit to 12 points on two occasions with the last one coming just before the end of the half with the score 41-29 following one-of-two free-throws by senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls). But DePauw would take a 44-31 advantage into the locker rooms.
Hiram pulled to within nine points several times in the early part of the second half, including a 48-39 score thanks to a three-pointer by freshman guard Kyle Deckerd (Louisville/Canton South) with 15:55 left to play. But DePauw extended its lead back to double figures and looked to put the game away with a series of small scoring runs. The Terriers rallied and narrowed the gap to single figures late in the game and only trailed by seven points, 78-71, after a layup by senior guard Josh Edmondson(Euclid/Twinsburg) with 1:12 left to play. The Hiram offense was then held scoreless in the final minute as DePauw added six free-throws to seal the victory and go on to win by the final of 84-71.
The Tigers went on to shoot 50.0 percent (28-of-56) for the game and were led in scoring by Pat Haggin with 17 points. Tommy Fernitz was second at 16 points and Adam Botts added 14 points. Rounding out the high scorers for DePauw was Luke Lattner with 13 points.
Hiram shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) and was led by Stefanov with a game-high 27 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent). Edmondson was second with 11 points and senior forward Chris Zurowski(Medina) had 10 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will host No. 11 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.