The Hiram College men’s basketball team led by 10 points at the half, but could not hold on to beat Oberlin College as the Terriers dropped a 91-79 decision to the Yeomen in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
The Hiram (5-18, 3-13 NCAC) offense came out firing on all cylinders to begin the game and quickly built a 23-9 advantage following three-pointer by sophomore forward Riley Moore(Grafton/Midview) at the 13:30 minute mark. The Terriers went on to lead by as many as 15 points, 28-13, thanks to another triple by Moore with 12:13 left in the half. Oberlin (7-16, 4-12 NCAC) then began its rally outscoring Hiram, 18-4, over the next 5:48 to make it a one-point ball game, 32-31, at the 6:25 mark. Hiram got some breathing room with a late 8-0 scoring run to extend the margin back to double figures and led 49-39 at the intermission.
The second half featured three lead changes and four ties as Oberlin again chipped away at the Hiram lead and quickly erased the 10-point deficit only to move ahead on the scoreboard at the 14:28 mark with the score 56-55. Hiram later regained the lead with 10:46 remaining on a layup by freshman guard Andre Serra (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch), but Oberlin came right back to take over the lead for good. The Yeomen blew the game open with a 14-0 run to go up by 16 points, 88-72, with 1:14 to play. The run sealed the victory for Oberlin as the Yeomen went on to claim the 91-79 victory.
Oberlin shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) overall from the floor, including 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the second half and was 16-of-19 (84.2 percent) at the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes. The Yeomen were led in scoring by Geoff Simpson with a game-high 33 points. Jack Poyle, Emmanuel Lewis and Randy Ollie were all tied for second with 12 points each. Rounding out the high scorers was Miles Gueno with 10 points.
Hiram shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68) for the game and was led in scoring by the duo of Moore and senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 20 points each. Moore’s 20 points were a career high as he shot eight-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the field. Stefanov finished the game shooting seven-of-15 (46.7 percent) and had a game-high five assists. Senior forward Justin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg) led the team in rebounding with eight boards in addition to scoring eight points.
The Terriers will travel to Granville for a NCAC game against Denison University on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.