The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell in a tough contest to No. 6 Ohio Wesleyan by a 92-84 score on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers fall to 6-2 on the season and 1-2 in NCAC play, while the Battling Bishops improve to 8-1 overall and remain perfect in conference play at 4-0.
Junior J.J. Woodson (Cleveland/Bedford) paced the Terriers with a team-high 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake/Brookside) recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Nick Felhaber led four Ohio Wesleyan players in double-figure scoring with a game-high 23 points.
A layup from senior Justin Harrington (Canton/GlenOak) allowed Hiram to open a early 12-8 lead.
OWU countered by scoring the next nine points to take a 17-12 lead. But the Terriers stormed right back with six consecutive points, capped off by a three from Deckerd, to retake the lead at 18-17.
A 9-2 run later in the first half by the Terriers allowed them to open up a 35-29 lead.
Hiram would take a 41-39 advantage into the half.
A layup by Woodson, with just over 15 minutes to play, put Hiram up 52-46.
Ohio Wesleyan responded with a 7-0 run to take the lead back, 53-52, with 13:33 remaining.
The Battling Bishops used a 8-2 to break open a 68-68 tie and take a 76-70 lead with just over five minutes left in the game.
Ohio Wesleyan would push the lead up to as large as 10 points down the stretch and went 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the last two minutes to ice the game.
The Terriers finished the game 31-of-65 (47.7 percent) from the field and 11-of-25 (44.0 percent) from beyond the arc. Ohio Wesleyan was 32-of-60 (53.3 percent) in shooting and 13-of-29 (44.8 percent) in 3-pointers.
Hiram won the rebounding battle 41-29 and also held an 19-4 edge in second chance points.
Hiram will take some time off and return to action on December 29, when it takes part in the Bluffton Tournament. The Terriers will take on Grove City (Pa.) in their first game at 3 p.m.