The Hiram College men’s basketball team lost to No. 17 nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University, 88-61, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware.
Hiram (5-13, 3-8 NCAC) scored the first points of the game, then Ohio Wesleyan (16-3, 10-2 NCAC) went on an ensuing, 24-4, scoring run to take control of the game and never looked back. The Battling Bishops recorded their largest lead of the period of 32 points, 47-15, as part of a 13-0 run late in the half. OWU would take a 49-17 advantage into the locker rooms.
The Terrier offense picked up in the second half, outscoring the Bishops 44-39 in the final 20 minutes as Hiram shot just under 52 percent. But the earlier deficit would be too much to overcome as Hiram would not threaten OWU’s lead and the Bishops cruised to the 88-61 final.
OWU shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) for the game and was led in scoring by Taylor Rieger with a game-high 23 points. Claude Gray was second with 12 points and Matt Jeske added 11 points to round out the high scorers.
Hiram ended up shooting 35.9 percent (23-of-64), but just 11.1 percent (two-of-18) from three-point range. The Terriers were led in scoring by sophomore forward Ray Gaston (Warren/John F. Kennedy) with 13 points on six-of-nine (66.7 percent) shooting. Junior forward Justin Harrington(Canton/GlenOak) was second with 11 points and senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) added 10 points.
Hiram will host Kenyon College in a NCAC game tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 2) at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.