The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Denison University, 78-55, today (Saturday, Jan. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Granville. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers are now 5-10 overall and 2-4 in the NCAC. The Big Red fall to 0-15 overall and 0-6 NCAC.
Hiram trailed only once in the game which occurred early in the first half, 4-2, at the 17:19 minute mark. Both teams would be tied, 10-10, with 10:38 remaining before halftime, when freshman guard Glenn Campbell (Copley) connected on a jumper that sparked a 9-0 scoring run giving the Terriers a 19-10 advantage with 9:19 remaining in the period. The Hiram lead reached double figures for the first time in the game on a three-point play by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) at the 4:27 minute mark making the score 35-25. Hiram led by its largest margin of the half of 11 points with a halftime score, 41-30.
Hiram kept its offensive attack going in the second half building to its largest lead of the game, 69-44, on a three-pointer by senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) with 6:01 remaining in the contest. Denison responded with a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 17 points, 71-54, with just under two-and-a-half minutes to go, but Hiram already had the game well in hand as the Terriers went on to the 78-55 final.
Hiram shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the floor for the game and held Denison to 42.6 percent (23-of-54) shooting.
Denison had one player score in double figures in Larry Farmer who tallied 14 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Hiram had three players score in double digits led by Staley’s 18 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent). McDevitt was second finishing the game with 16 points to go along with six boards. Rounding out the top scorers for the Terriers was sophomore forward Jason Hebeisen (Strongsville) with 11 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Hiram returns to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 23 when it hosts Allegheny (Pa.) College in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.