The Hiram College men’s basketball team lost to Wabash College, 80-60, today (Saturday, Jan. 5) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Chadwick Court in Crawfordsville, Ind. [Box Score]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC while the Little Giants improve to 8-4 overall and 2-1 NCAC.
Hiram led by five points, 9-4, in the opening minutes of the first half thanks to a jumper by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) at the 16:37 minute mark. Wabash answered by going on a 16-0 run to take the lead, 20-9, with 12:43 remaining in the opening half. The Little Giants led by as many as 16 points in the first stanza, 29-13, with 10:36 to go before the intermission. Hiram cut the deficit to single digits and got to within seven points, 36-29, with a pair of free-throws by Staley at the 2:44 minute mark. Wabash then went on a small 6-1 run to end the half and take a 42-30 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Wabash took control of the game including going on an 8-0 run to start the final period and increased its lead to 20 points, 50-30, with 14:55 to play in the game. The Giantsled by asmany as 26 points on several occasions with the last one being an 80-54 advantage with 1:08 remaining en route to the 80-60 victory.
For the game, Wabash shot 41.7 percent (30-of-72) from the field as Hiram struggled from the floor shooting just 29.5 percent (18-of-61).
Individually, the Giants were led in scoring by Andrew Zimmer with a game-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Wesley Smith was the only other Wabash player in double figures with 12 points. Aaron Brock grabbed a game-high 14 boards to go along with five points.
Staley was the only Hiram player to score in double digits finishing the game with 20 points on six-of-12 shooting (50.0 percent) and made seven-of-nine free-throw attempts (77.8 percent). Staley scored 20 points for the fifth time this season and has scored 20 or more points in two of his last three games.
Hiram returns to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when it hosts Geneva (Pa.) College in a non-conference matchup at Price Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.