Sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) equaled a career-high 27 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 19 nationally-ranked College of Wooster, 117-87, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 16) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Box Score]
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 4-10 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC while the Fighting Scots improve to 12-2 overall and 4-0 NCAC.
Hiram kept the game close in the early minutes of the first half and led by as many as three points on several occassions with the last one coming at the 14:45 minute mark on a jumper by freshman guard Glenn Campbell (Copley/Buchtel) to give the Terriers a 15-12 lead. Wooster answered with a 19-2 scoring run to take a 31-17 advantage with 11:14 to play before halftime. The Scots extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the half including a 62-45 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, Wooster took control of the game and led by as many as 31 points on numerous occassions with the last one being a 117-86 advantage with 1:19 to go en route to a 117-87 victory.
Both teams shot well from the floor with Wooster shooting an impressive 56.6 percent (43-of-76), including 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from three-point range. Hiram shot 47.8 percent (32-of-67) overall from the field.
Wooster had six players score in double figures led by James Cooper with 22 points. Bryan Wickliffe was second with 17 points followed by Marty Bidwell and Evan Will with 15 points each. Robert Melick tallied 13 points and Devin Fulk added 10 points.
Hiram was led by Staley’s 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent), including four-of-six (66.7 percent) from behind the arc. Senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 24 points.
The Terriers will look to get back on track this Saturday, Jan. 19 when they travel to Granville for a NCAC contest against Denison University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.