The Hiram College men’s basketball team could not hold on to an eight-point halftime lead as Wabash (Ind.) College outscored the Terriers, 46-32, in the second half to pull off a 70-68 come-from-behind victory in North Coast Athletic Conference action in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Hiram (5-15, 3-10 NCAC) began the game with an 11-2 scoring run and led by as many as 18 points, 28-10, with 5:31 to go in the first half following a layup by senior guard Josh Edmondson(Euclid/Twinsburg) that ended an 8-0 run. The Terriers maintained their double-digit lead, but Wabash (6-13, 5-8 NCAC) would narrow the gap to 12 points, 36-24, at the half.
In the second half, the Wabash offense caught fire as the Little Giants shot 59.4 percent from the field. Wabash began the period with five straight points and trailed by just six points, 37-31, at the 17:36 mark. A mini 6-0 run by Hiram extended its lead back to double figures, 43-31, with just over 17 minutes to go. The Little Giants then outscored Hiram, 18-6, to draw even, 49-49 with 11:37 to play. Wabash then posted its first lead of the game with nine-and-a-half minutes to go and found itself up by eight points, 64-56, with 4:09 left. Hiram mounted a rally of its own and got to within a point, 66-65, with 52 seconds thanks to another layup by Edmondson. But the Terriers would not regain the lead as a tip-in basket and a free-throw by Wabash in the final seconds sealed the 70-68 Little Giant victory.
Wabash finished the game shooting 45.2 percent (28-of-62) and was led in scoring by Kasey Oetting with 17 points. Daniel Purvlicis was second with 14 points and Kyle Aiton added 11 points.
Hiram shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) and was led by the duo of Edmondson and senior All-NCAC guardAaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 17 points each. Senior forward Chris Zurowskirounded out the high scorers with 11 points.
The Terriers will be back in action tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 8) when they travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a NCAC matchup against DePauw (Ind.) University. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.