The Hiram College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to three games with a 93-66 victory against Oberlin College this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 26) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Game Box]
With the victory, the Terriers have already matched their mark of a year ago for wins in a season with seven and are now 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the NCAC. The Yeomen drop to 3-14 overall and 2-6 NCAC.
The game remained close in the first half until the 11:10 minute mark when Hiram went on a 13-2 scoring run spanning 3:42 that ended with a pair of free-throws by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) with 7:28 left in the opening stanza giving the Terriers a 32-21 lead. The Yeomen answered with an 11-4 run of their own to get within four points, 36-32, with 3:13 to play before the intermission. The Terriers tallied the final seven points of the half to regain a double-digit lead and take a 43-32 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Hiram took control of the game with a series of small scoring runs and led by as many as 30 points, 84-54, thanks to one of two free-throws by freshman forwardBabajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) with 4:47 to go. The Terriers went on to win by the final score of 93-66.
For the game, Hiram shot 52.2 percent (36-of-69) from the floor and held Oberlin to 44.1 percent (26-of-59) shooting.
Oberlin was led by Mike Loll with 15 points. Ryan Magiera scored 11 points and grabbed a game-tying high seven rebounds. Rounding out the Yeomen double-figure scorers was Jordan Beard with 10 points.
Hiram was led by Staley with 20 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent) and was a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line. Three other Terriers players scored in double digits including freshman forward Hassan Muhammed (Akron/Buchtel) with 17 points shooting a perfect eight-of-eight from the field. Senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) was third in scoring with 14 points and junior forward Ian Pfouts (Green) tallied 10 points.
Hiram will go for a possible fourth straight victory on Wednesday, Jan. 30 when it travels to Gambier for a NCAC-matchup against Kenyon College at 7:30 p.m.