HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team outscored Denison University, 46-28, in the second half as the Terriers defeated the Big Red, 78-60, this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 29) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers move above the .500 mark with a 10-9 overall record and 4-6 in the NCAC. The Big Red fall to 6-14 overall and 3-8 NCAC.
The first half looked to be all Denison as the Big Red relinquished its lead for only a brief moment early, but led for the remainder of the half, including its largest margin of eight points on multiple occassions with the last one being an 18-10 score with 10:07 left before the break. Hiram then began to chip away at the Denison lead and outscored the Big Red, 22-14, in the final 10:07 that included a three-pointer by senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) with 37 seconds left that tied the game at 32-32 heading into the locker rooms.
The second half would be the complete opposite of the first as Hiram shot 58.8 percent from the floor to Denison’s 36.0 percent. Despite trading leads in the opening 2:40 of the period, the Terriers regained the lead for good on a jumper by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) that sparked a 27-2 scoring run that also included a stretch of 23 unanswered points, resulting in a commanding 24-point advantage with 8:10 left to play. Hiram never looked back as the Terriers cruised to the 78-60 final.
Denison was led in scoring by Dimonde Hale with 13 points on five-of-15 shooting (33.3 percent). Mike Garabedian was the only other Big Red player in double-figures with 11 points. In addition, Alex Longi grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram was led by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with a game-high 14 points on five-of-six shooting (83.3 percent), including a perfect four-of-four from three-point range. Eniola was second with 12 points to go along with a team-high seven boards. Rounding out the high scorers was junior gaurd Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) with 10 points. In addition, senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) dished out a game-high six assists.
Hiram will face No. 1 nationally-ranked and undefeated The College of Wooster on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Price Gym. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will tip-off against the Fighting Scots at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.