BEREA, OHIO — A basket by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) off a missed shot with less than a second left in the game gave the Hiram College men’s basketball team a thrilling 74-72 win against non-conference opponent Baldwin-Wallace College tonight (Sunday, Nov. 28) at the Randolph Ursprung Gymansium in Berea. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 3-2 overall and the Yellow Jackets fall to 1-3 overall for the season.
B-W took control early in the first half, leading by as many as 10 points, 14-4, at the 16:01 minute mark. Hiram then rattled off 10 straight points, capped by a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) tying the game at 14-14 with 11:54 left to play in the period. Following a pair of free-throws by the Yellow Jackets, the Terriers then went on another 10-0 run that ended in a dunk by Meyer, giving Hiram its first lead of the game, 24-16, with just under nine minutes left. Hiram never trailed the remainder of the half and had a 38-33 lead at the break.
Hiram led by as many as seven points on two occassions in the second half, including a 48-41 advantage on a layup by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 16:25 left in the game. But B-W would not go away as seven straight Yellow Jacket points evened the score at 48-48 and would eventually take the lead later in the half, including boasting a six-point margin, 65-59, with 8:06 left to play. Hiram battled back as both teams exchanged leads in the final minutes. Meyer gave the Terriers a 72-70 lead with 40 seconds remaining on a successful layup, but the Yellow Jackets connected on a layup of their own on their ensuing possession to knot the game at 72-72. Meyer would again give the Terriers the lead, this time for good, on another layup off of a missed three-point attempt with less than a second remaining. The last second shot by B-W missed its mark as Hiram went on to the 74-72 victory.
Hiram shot an impressive 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field, edging B-W who converted 48.0 percent (24-of-50) of its shot attempts.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Kyle Payne with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting (71.4 percent), including a perfect three-of-three from three-point range. Chris Ameen was the only other B-W player in double figures with 11 points.
Hiram was led by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with a career-high 22 points on eight-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent). Meyer and senior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) both added 16 points. Meyer’s 16 points was also a career-high in addition to grabbing a game-high seven rebounds.
Hiram will travel to Wooster on Wednesday, Dec. 1 for a matchup against No. 6 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster in the NCAC opener. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.