BEAVER FALLS, PA. — Junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a game-high 27 points, including connecting on five three-pointers, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell, 90-74, against Geneva College today (Saturday, Nov. 20) in the championship game of the Geveva College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament in Beaver Falls, Pa. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 2-1 overall, while the Golden Tornadoes improve to 2-0 overall for the season.
Hiram led for a good portion of the first half and recorded its largest lead of the game of nine points, 26-17, at the 9:29 minute mark on a layup by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) that ended a 10-0 scoring run. Geneva answered with a 10-0 run of its own to regain the lead, 27-26, with 6:01 left to play in the period and would take a 41-35 edge into halftime.
Geneva looked to pull away early in the second half, beginning the period with a 10-4 run to extend its lead to double-figures for the first time in the game, 51-39, at the 17:17 mark. Hiram battled back, slowly narrowing the gap and eventually pulled to within three points, 60-57, thanks to a layup by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 13:03 left to play. Geneva never relinquished the lead and were up by 10 points, 72-62 with 8:49 to go. The Terriers again got to within three points, 75-72, on a triple by Stefanov at the 5:12 mark. But Hiram would get no closer as the Terrier shooting went cold in the finall minutes allowing Geneva to build its lead to double figures again and cruise to a 90-74 final.
Both teams shot well from the floor with the Tornadoes shooting an impressive 51.8 percent (29-of-56) to Hiram’s 40.6 percent (26-of-64) shooting.
Geneva had four players in double-digits led by Richard Colick with 26 points on eight-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent), including nine-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line. Bryan Hill and Lambros Svingos were tied for second with 19 points each. Svingos also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Rounding out the high scorers was Jon Drayer with 10 points.
Hiram was led by Wiegand’s 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting (50.0 percent) and five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent) from behind the arc. Watkins was second with 11 points to go along with a team-high nine boards, and Stefanov rounded out the leading scorers for the Terriers with 10 points. Senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) dished out a team-high six assists.
Following the tournament, Roberts and Wiegand were both named to the All-Tournament Team for their individual efforts.
Hiram will host Bluffton University on Wednesday, Nov. 24 in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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