The Hiram College men’s basketball team scored the final five points of the game to defeat Earlham College, 79-75, tonight (Friday, Jan. 4) in a North Coast Athletic Conference matchup in Richmond, Ind. [Game Box]
The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Terriers who improved to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC. The Quakers fall to to 2-9 overall and 0-2 NCAC with the loss.
Earlham jumped out to an early eight-point lead, 12-4, at the 16:16 minute mark when Hiram responded with a 24-4 scoring run that ended with a three-pointer by sophomore guardBrice Krajcik (Doylestown/Chippewa) giving the Terriers a 28-16 lead with 8:45 remaining in the half. The Quakers managed to pull to within three points later in the period, but the Terriers maintained a 42-35 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Hiram led for the majority of the period, but the Quakers regained the lead as part of a 9-0 run creating a 67-63 deficit for Hiram with 5:42 to play. Hiram battled back to tie the game and eventually took a slim 73-72 advantage thanks to a layup by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) at the 2:05 minute mark. The Terriers found themselves down, 75-74, with just over a minute remaining when sophomore forward Jason Hebeisen (Strongsville) scored a layup giving Hiram the lead for good as solid free-throw shooting in the final seconds secured the 79-75 victory.
Both teams shot well from the floor with the edge going in favor of Hiram who shot an impressive 48.3 percent (28-of-58) to Earlham’s 45.6 percent (31-of-68) shooting.
Earlham had three players score in double figures led by Tristian Gregory with a game-high 22 points. Tarrell Berry was second with 15 points and Justin Carter rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points. Berry also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
Hiram had two players score in double figures led by senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) with 15 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent).Staley was second with 13 points.
Hiram returns to action tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 5) when it travels to Crawfordsville, Ind. for a NCAC contest against Wabash College. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.