Junior J.J. Woodson (Cleveland/Bedford) scored a game-high 22 points, but the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell at Denison on Wednesday evening by a 72-63 score.
The Terriers see their record drop to 9-7 on the season and 3-6 in the NCAC, while the Big Red improve to 9-7, 3-6.
Woodson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half. He also pulled down three rebounds and had two steals.
Freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake/Brookside) added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He also had seven rebounds.
Denison jumped out to a early 15-10 lead, but Hiram scored the next six points to jump in front 16-15.
The Big Red were able to regain the lead and pushed it to a 28-19 advantage. But the Terriers closed the half on a 7-0 run and trailed 28-26 at intermission.
A 3-pointer from sophomore Jeremiah Thomas (Cleveland/John Hay) followed by a Woodson hoop keyed a 7-0 run and gave the Terriers a 37-34 edge with just over 15 minutes to play.
The Big Red would use a 7-0 run of their own a little later in the half to knot the score at 47-47.
But Denison would slowly pull away and take control of the game, building a 68-56 and never looking back.
The Terriers were 24-of-59 (40.7 percent) from the field, while the Big Red went 26-of-54 (48.1 percent).
Hiram won the rebounding battle 35-33, with a 13-7 edge in offensive rebounds.
Denison held a 45-15 advantage in bench scoring, led by David Meurer’s 21 points.
Hiram will play next on Saturday as it continues its three-game road swing with a contest at Kenyon. The game is the second of a double header with the women’s team and will tip-off at approximately 3 p.m.