Senior forward Chuck Williams (Cortland/Lakeview) scored a career-high 23 points as the Hiram College Men’s Basketball team tallied 66 points in the second half alone to defeat non-conference opponent Geneva (Pa.) College in a come-from-behind victory at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 4-8 overall while the Golden Tornadoes are now 7-6 overall for the season.
The game remained close up until the midway point of the first half with Hiram having a slim 21-19 advantage at the 10:51 minute mark. Geneva then outscored the Terriers, 18-6, in the next 4:35 to take a sizeable 37-27 lead with 6:16 remaining in the opening period. The Tornadoes looked to take control of the game leading by as many as14 points on two occassions with the last one being a, 50-36, advantage with 2:32 to go before halftime. Hiram battled back to cut the deficit to single figures just before the end of the half thanks to a three-point play by sophomore forward Jason Hebeisen (Strongsville) making the score 54-47 in favor of Geneva at the break.
The Terriers began the second half with a 5-0 run to get to within a basket, 54-52, with 18:46 remaining in the game. Hiram kept the game within reach and eventually took the lead as part of a 7-0 run that ended with one of seven three-pointers made in the game by Williams making the score, 68-67, with 14:14 to go. Hiram slowly pulled away with a series of small scoring runs and led by as many as 20 points, 113-93, with 27 seconds to go on a pair of free-throws by senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) and cruised to a 113-95 victory.
Hiram shot 51.9 percent (40-of-77) from the floor for the game including 56.8 percent (21-of-37) in the second half. The Terriers held Geneva to 45.9 percent (34-of-74) shooting for the game.
Geneva was led in scoring by Bryan Hill with 17 points. Three other players scored in double figures with Zac Northen tallying 16 points and Mike Ross and Greg McDivitt each adding 12 points.
Hiram had six players score in double figures led by Williams’ 23 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), all from behind the arc. McDevitt was second with 20 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. He also converted an impressive nine-of-10 free-throw attempts (90.0 percent). Hebeisen was third with a season-high 16 points followed by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor LakeCatholic) with 14 points. Freshmen guards Glenn Campbell (Copley/Buchtel) and Sean Kelly (Brunswick)rounded out the Hiram top scorers with 13 points each. Campbell also dished out seven assists. In addition, freshman point guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/Bedford Chanel)recorded a game-high nine assists and freshman forward Hassan Muhammed (Akron/Buchtel) pulled down 11 boards.
Hiram will look to keep its winning ways going when it hosts Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Jan. 12 in a North Coast Athletic Conference game as part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team at Price Gymnasium. The women will host Denison University at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.