The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Geneva (Pa.) College, 89-81, in a non-conference game and home opener at Price Gymnasium.
Geneva (3-3) scored the first five points of the game, but Hiram (0-3) came right back with a 6-0 scoring run of its own capped by a jumper by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) that gave the Terriers a 6-5 advantage at the 17:05 minute mark of the first half. The two teams then played an up-and-down game with Hiram recording its largest lead of the period of five points, 27-22, with 8:45 left before halftime, on a layup by Stefanov. The Golden Tornadoes answered by outscoring the Terriers, 12-3 to go up by four points, 34-30, at the 6:07 mark. Geneva got some breathing room late in the half, extending its lead to eight points on two occasions en route to leading 44-37 at the break.
In the second half, Geneva led for the majority of the period and reached a double-digit lead for the first time in the game with 16:22 left to play by the score of 54-44. Hiram then went on a 10-2 run that ended in a layup by senior guard Josh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) to make it a one-possession ball game, 56-54, with 14:08 to go. Geneva kept Hiram from taking the lead and gradually began to pull away over the course of the next 5:16 to increase the margin to a game-high 12 points, 74-62, with 8:52 remaining. The Terriers made one final rally late in the game as part of a 12-3 run to get to within three points, 82-79, with just under two minutes on the clock following a layup by Edmondson. But an ensuing 6-0 run by Geneva sealed the game for the Tornadoes who went on to claim the 89-81 victory.
Geneva shot 50.0 percent (30-of-59) for the game, including an impressive 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from three-point range. The Tornadoes were led by Jordan Harbison who scored a game-high 31 points and connected on eight triples. Chaese Vaudrin was second in scoring with 20 points and Jacob Grim rounded out the high scorers with 15 points.
Hiram shot 43.2 percent (32-of-74) from the field and was led in scoring by senior Matt Roman (North Olmsted) who scored a career-high 21 points on eight-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent). Stefanov and Edmondson rounded out the high scorers for the Terriers with 16 points each. Edmondson completed the double-double effort by grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. In addition, senior forward Justin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg) grabbed a game-tying and career-high 11 boards.
Hiram will seek its first win of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 4 when the Terriers travel to Meadville, Pa. for a matchup against Allegheny (Pa.) College in the NCAC opener. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.