Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored 25 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as the Hiram College men’s basketball team hung on to beat Oberlin College, 73-71, ending a five-game losing streak in a NCAC game in Oberlin.
Hiram (4-11, 2-6 NCAC) led by as many as 11 points in the first half and had a 10-point margin, 25-10, at the 6:30 minute mark, but a scoring drought that lasted 5:51 allowed Oberlin (6-9, 2-6 NCAC) to cut the deficit to five points, 25-20. Hiram ended the drought with a three-point play by senior guardJosh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) with 39 seconds to go in the period to extend the lead to eight points, 28-20. The Yeomen tallied the final points before time expired to make it a 28-22 game at the intermission.
In the second half, Hiram led for the majority of the period and led by eight points, 50-42, with 12:35 to go in the game following a layup by junior Justin Harrington (Canton/GlenOak). Oberlin then went on an 8-0 scoring run to even the game at 50-50 with 9;17 to go. The Terriers never relinquished the lead and later built a seven-point advantage, 70-63, thanks to a three-pointer by Stefanov with just over two minutes remaining. The Yeomen would go on one final run outscoring Hiram, 8-2, to get to within a point, 72-71, with five seconds to go. Edmondson added a free-throw in the final seconds to make the score 73-71 and the Oberlin offense was held scoreless as the Terriers went on to claim the 73-71 victory.
Oberlin shot 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from the field and was led in scoring by Geoff Simpson with 18 points. Randy Ollie was second with 17 points and Emmanuel Lewis added 11 points.
Hiram shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the floor and was led by Stefanov’s 28 points on seven-of-17 shooting (41.2 percent), including a perfect 10-of-10 at the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Riley Moore (Grafton/Midview) rounded out the Terrier high scorers with 14 points. In addition, senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Edmondson and Moore also added seven boards each.
Hiram will host Denison University in a NCAC game on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.