HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team shot just 26.7 percent in the first half and could not erase an 18-point halftime deficit as the Terriers fell to Denison University, 68-46, tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 30) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the NCAC. The Big Red improve to 3-3 overall and 1-0 NCAC.
Denison led right from the opening tip and never looked back as Hiram did not record its first bucket of the game until the 15:48 minute mark on a layup by junior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia). But the Big Red had shooting issues of their own early in the opening period as Denison boasted just a three-point lead, 6-3, following the Wisniewski basket until a 15-3 scoring run by Denison, which included a 5:28 Hiram scoring drought, allowed the Big Red to blow the game open with a score of 21-6 with 9:38 left before halftime. Another scoring run by the Big Red late in the half resulted in Denison’s largest lead of the period of 23 points, 38-15, on way to a 38-20 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, Denison remained in control for the majority of the period. Hiram made one final run with under 10 minutes to play and cut the lead to 10 points, 56-46, on a layup by sophomore guard Louis Fatimus (Poland/Youngstown/Christian) with 6:19 left to play. The Big Red answered with a final 12-2 run to end the game keeping any posibility of a Hiram comeback at bay. Neither team recorded any points in the final minute as Denison went on to claim the 68-46 victory.
Denison shot 45.0 pecent (27-of-60) from the field as Hiram ended up shooting 35.4 percent (17-of-48) overall for the game and just 23.5 percent (four-of-17) from three-point range. The Big Red also out-rebounded Hiram, 43-25.
The Big Red had a balanced scoring attack with only one player scoring in double-figures in Larry Farmer with game-highs of 18 points on eight-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent) and 14 rebounds.
Hiram also had one player in double-digits in sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 15 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent), including four-of-eight (50.0 percent) from behind the arc.
The Terriers will look to rebound from tonight’s loss when they host Case on Saturday, Dec. 3 in a non-conference game at Price Gym. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The Hiram women will face The College of Wooster in its NCAC opener at 1 p.m., followed by the men against the Spartans at 3 p.m.