The Hiram College men’s basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 90-73 loss against Kenyon College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 30) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier. [Box Score]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 7-11 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC. The Lords improve to 8-10 overall and 6-3 NCAC.
Hiram led by as many as four points, 12-8, in the first half on a jumper by sophomore forward Jason Hebeisen (Strongsville) at the 13:57 minute mark. Both teams would be knotted at 19-19 when Kenyon went on a 8-1 scoring run to capture a 27-20 advantage with 6:24 remaining before the break. The Lords led by as many as nine points on two occassions in the opening stanza with the last one coming at the 3:12 minute mark with a layup by Korey Haddox making the score 36-27. The Terriers battled back with a 7-0 run that included a basket by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) with three seconds left narrowing the gap to 36-34 at halftime.
In the second half, Hiram tied the game at 36-36 on a layup by freshman guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/Bedford Chanel) following a missed basket on Kenyon’s opening possession. But the Lords answered with an 11-2 run to regain a nine point advantage, 47-38, with 15:08 remaining in the game. Kenyon extended its lead to double figures for the first time in the game at the 11:06 minute mark with the score of 56-46 and reached its largest margin of the game of 20 points, 84-64, with 2:15 to go. Hiram got to within 15 points, 88-73, thanks to a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard Brice Krajcik (Doylestown/Chippewa) with eight seconds to play. But the Lords tallied the final bucket of the game and went on to the 90-73 final.
For the game, Kenyon shot an impressive 60.0 percent (35-of-58) from the floor as Hiram shot 44.6 percent (29-of-65).
Kenyon had four players score in double figures led by Kodey Haddox with a game-high 21 points. Korey Haddox was second with 14 points followed by Bryan Yelvington with 13 points. Rounding out the top scorers for the Lords was J.T. Knight with 12 points. In addition, Dave Knapke grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Hiram was led by freshman forward Hassan Muhammed (Akron/Buchtel) with 14 points on seven-of-nine shooting (77.8 percent). He also grabbed a team-tying high eight boards. Joining Muhammed in double figures was junior forward Ian Pfouts (Green) with 12 points and Staley finished the game with 11 points.
Hiram will host Wittenberg University on Saturday, Feb. 2 in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.