The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Allegheny (Pa.) College, 84-79, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 23) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 6-10 overall and 3-4 in the NCAC. The Gators fall to 8-8 overall and 3-4 NCAC.
The game remained close throughout the first half with four lead changes and three ties. Allegheny led by as many as five points on several occassions with the last one being, 18-13, at the 11:21 minute mark. Hiram answered with a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer by freshman guard Glenn Campbell (Copley/Buchtel) with 8:40 left to go before halftime, giving the Terriers a 22-18 lead. Hiram increased its lead to as many as six points, 39-33, on a jumper by freshman guard Brice Krajcik (Doylestown/Chippewa) with 1:16 remaining as part of a 7-0 run and maintained a 41-36 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
Allegheny opened the second half with an 8-2 run to claim a 44-43 lead with 16:53 to go in the game. But Hiram would eventually regain the lead again and led by its largest margin of the game of seven points on two occassions with the last one coming at the 10:03 minute mark on a layup by sophomore forward Jason Hebeisen (Strongsville) making the score 61-54. The Terriers looked to be in control, but a 7-0 run by the Gators later in the second half, gave Allegheny a 69-65 advantage with just over five minutes to play. Hiram outscored Allegheny, 19-10, in the final five minutes to regain the lead again and hold on for a 84-79 victory.
For the game, Allegheny shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field while Hiram converted 50.9 percent (29-of-57) of its attempts.
Individually, the Gators had three players score in double figures led by George Raftis with game-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds. Craig Devinney was second with 20 points and Bill Babe added 12 points.
Hiram was led by senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) with 17 points on five-of-14 shooting (35.7 percent). He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) was second with 15 points followed by Campbell with 13 points. Senior forward Chuck Williams (Cortland/Lakeview) rounded out the Terrier double-digit scorers with 11 points.
Hiram willconclude its mini two-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 26 when it hosts Oberlin College at 3 p.m. at Price Gymnasium.