The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Kenyon College, 73-66, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier.
Hiram (1-4, 1-1 NCAC) began the game with five unanswered points that included a three-point play by senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) to give the Terriers the early lead. But the lead didn’t last long as Kenyon (3-4, 2-1 NCAC) quickly came back with six straight points of its own to take the lead, 6-5. The two teams exchanged leads one more time before the Lords took control and the lead for good with an 11-2 scoring run making the score 17-9 with 11:29 to go in the first half. Kenyon went on to lead by as many as 10 points on two occasions, but Hiram would trim the deficit to 34-30 at the intermission.
The Terriers opened the scoring in the second half with a jumper by senior forward Justin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg) to make it a one-possession ball game, 34-32. Shortly after, Hiram evened the score at 35-35 following a three-pointer by senior guard Josh Edmondson(Euclid/Twinsburg) at the 17:25 minute mark, but the Terriers would not take the lead. Kenyon never trailed in the period and regained some breathing room thanks to a 9-0 run nearing the midway point of the half to go up by 10 points, 49-39, with 13:01 to go. Hiram battled back to within three points, 52-49, thanks to a triple by Zurowski, but that was as close as the Terriers would get as Kenyon extended its lead and went on to post the 73-66 victory.
Kenyon shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the floor and had four players score in double figures led by Brian Lebowitz with 18 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Ikenna Nwadibia was second in scoring with 13 points and John Bray added 12 points. Jonathan Amador rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.
Hiram shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the field and was led by Edmondson who finished with a game-high 22 points on four-of-nine shooting (44.4 percent) and a perfect 12-of-12 effort at the free-throw line. Senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the only other player in double digits with 13 points.
Hiram will host Ohio Weselyan University in a NCAC matchup on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.