BEAVER FALLS, PA. — The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Otterbein College, 74-63, tonight (Friday, Nov. 19) in a non-conference game on the first day of the Geneva College Tournament in Beaver Falls, Pa. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 2-0 overall for the season. The Cardinals begin the season with a 0-1 overall record.
Otterbein looked to take control early in the first half leading by as many as nine points, 18-9, at the 13:52 minute mark. Hiram then outscored the Cardinals, 25-8, to lead 34-26 on a layup by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 4:40 left in the period. The Terriers led by as many as nine points on two occassions, including a halftime score of 45-36 thanks to a jumper by Roberts as time expired.
In the second half, Hiram opened the period with a 7-2 scoring run that ended in a pair of free-throws by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) making the score 52-38 at the 16:33 mark. Otterbein answered with a 21-2 run to take the lead and have a 59-54 advantage with 4:40 left to play. The Terriers battled back and evened the score at 61-61 on a three-point play by Roberts with 47 seconds left to go. Neither team scored the game-winning basket in the final seconds keeping the game deadlocked at 61-61 and sending the game into overtime.
Hiram took over the game in the overtime period outscoring Otterbein, 13-2, as the Terriers went to to the 74-63 final.
Otterbein was led in scoring by Chris Davis with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting (66.7 percent) and also grabbed a game-tying high 12 rebounds. Zach Bakenhaster was second with 11 points to go along with 10 boards. Rounding out the high scorers for the Cardinals was C.J. Julian with 10 points.
Hiram was led by Roberts’ 23 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the floor (63.6 percent), including nine-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 15 points. Junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) grabbed a game-tying high 12 rebounds.
Hiram will conclude the two-day tournament tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 20) and will face host school Geneva in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic in Beaver Falls, Pa. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 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.