Hiram College

After trailing by 15 points at halftime, the Hiram College men’s basketball team rallied to within six points late in the second half, but could not overcome No. 15 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 78-62, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.

Wooster (11-2, 5-0 NCAC) started out hot connecting on its first five shots and added a pair of free-throws to lead, 14-2, early in the first half.  Hiram (7-7, 1-4 NCAC) then outscored the Fighting Scots, 10-4, to pull to within six points, 18-12, following two free-throws by senior forward Steve Zivoder(Garrettsville/Garfield) with 9:50 left in the period.  Wooster managed to increase its lead to double-digits following the Hiram run and recorded its largest margin of the half of 15 points with a halftime score of 42-27.

The Fighting Scots looked to run away with the game early in the second half, leading by as many as 18 points, 57-39, with 12:37 to go.  Back-to-back three-pointers by junior guard Aaron Stefanov(Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and junior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) sparked an ensuing 10-1 scoring run to cut the deficit to single figures, 58-49, at the 11:03 mark.  The Scots quickly increased the lead back to double-figures, but another 7-2 Terrier run would narrow the score to 64-58 with 7:10 left to play.  Following a timeout by Wooster, the Scots then sealed the deal with an 8-0 run of their own to go back up by double-figures with a 14-point margin, 72-58, with 3:31 remaining.  Hiram battled back to within 10 points with just over a minute left, but six straight free-throws down the stretch by Wooster clinched the 78-62 win for the Scots.

Wooster shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field and was led in scoring by Doug Thorpe with a game-tying high 19 points.  Xavier Brown was the only other Scot player in double-digits with 16 points in addition to grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

Hiram shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63) overall from the floor.  The Terriers were led by Stefanov with a game-tying high 19 points on nine-of-18 shooting (50.0 percent).  Senior guard Alan Sheppard(Wadsworth) rounded out the Hiram high scorers with 10 points.

Hiram will host Kenyon College on Saturday, Jan. 12 in a NCAC game at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.