Senior guard Josh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) scored a career-high 35 points, including connecting on seven three-pointers, but the Hiram College men’s basketball team lost to Kenyon College, 84-75, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Hiram (5-14, 3-9 NCAC) jumped out to an early 12-2 lead and posted its largest lead of the first half of 11 points shortly after with a 15-4 margin following a bucket by senior forwardJustin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg) at the 13:53 minute mark. Kenyon (10-9, 7-5 NCAC) rallied and cut the deficit to two points, 21-19, with 7:20 to go in the period, but an 8-2 Hiram scoring run that ended in a triple by Edmondson, extended the margin to nine points, 34-25, with 2:58 left. The Terriers maintained their lead the rest of the half and took a 39-34 advantage into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Kenyon quickly narrowed the gap to a point, 42-41, and later took the lead as part of a 6-0 run to make the score 49-48 with 12:29 left in the game. The two teams then went back-and-forth on the scoreboard until the 5:55 mark when Kenyon outscored Hiram, 12-3, over the course of the next 4:49 to take a nine-point edge, 75-66, with just over a minute remaining. The Terriers were forced to foul Kenyon in the final minute and solid free-throw shooting by the Lords extended the deficit to as many as 11 points en route to the 84-75 final.
Kenyon shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field and was led in scoring by Ikenna Nwadibia with 21 points. Three other Lord players scored in double figures with Brien Comey scoring 19 points, followed by Tim Connolly with 13 points and Julian Pavlin added 12 points. Comey also grabbed a gaem-high 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Hiram shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field and was led by Edmondson’s game-high 35 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent), including going seven-of-11 (63.6 percent) from behind the arc. Senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the only ohter Terrier in double figures with 14 points.
Hiram will play its next two games on the road beginning with a NCAC matchup against Wabash (Ind.) College on Friday, Feb. 7 in Crawfordsville, Ind. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.