Junior guard Matt Roman (North Olmsted) scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell to Notre Dame College, 109-72, in a non-conference game in South Euclid.
Notre Dame (2-3 overall) began the game with an 8-2 scoring run, but Hiram (1-2 overall) came back with an 8-4 run of its own that ended in a three-pointer by junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to get the Terriers to within a basket, 12-10, at the 16:27 minute mark. The Falcons never ended up trailing in the half and a 10-2 run near the midway point of the period gave Notre Dame a more comfortable 31-22 advantage en route to leading 55-44 at the break.
The hot shooting by Notre Dame continued in the second half as the Falcons began play with a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 21 points, 67-46, with 17:20 left to play. Notre Dame held its commanding lead the remainder of the game and posted its largest lead of 39 points just before the end of the half as the Falcons went on to record a 109-72 win.
Notre Dame shot an impressive 54.9 percent (39-of-71) from the field, including 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from three-point range. The Falcons were led in scoring by Tyree Gaiter with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting (58.8 percent). Three other players scored in double-figures with Raphi Tekie scoring 18 points, Lawrence DeArmond had 17 points and Eric Dummermuth added 16 points.
Hiram shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the floor and was led by Roman with 15 points while shooting five-of-six (83.3) overall for the game. Stefanov and senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) rounded out the high scorers with 13 points each. In addition, Sheppard recorded a game-tying high seven assists.
Hiram will host Oberlin College in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.