Senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) scored a team-high 27 points, but it would not be enough to withstand an impressive shooting performance by Ramapo (N.J.) College as the men’s basketball team fell, 99-87, to the Roadrunners in a non-conference game as part of the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Hiram (6-5 overall) led early with a 6-1 advantage thanks to a pair of three-pointers by junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls). The Ramapo (9-1 overall) offense then ignited and shot an impressive 69.0 percent (20-of-29) overall in the first half. The roadrunners answered the Terrier five-point lead with a 7-0 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 8-6, with 17:54 left in the half. Ramapo then slowly began to pull away and increased its lead to double-digits for the first time at the 10:12 minute mark with a score of 28-18. With under 10 minutes left before halftime, the Roadrunners took control of the game with a 12-2 run to record their largest lead of the period of 19 points, 41-22, with 6:02 to play. Ramapo maintained its sizeable lead the rest of the way and had a 53-36 advantage at the intermission.
Ramapo continued the impressive shooting in the second half, converting 65.2 percent (15-of-23) of its attempts. Despite the hot shooting, Hiram outscored Ramapo, 51-46, in the final 20 minutes, but would only pull to within 10 points on several occassions, including an 97-87 deficit following a triple by senior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) with 26 seconds left. The first half deficit would be too much for Hiram to rally from as Ramapo went on to win by the final of 99-87.
Ramapo ended up shooting 67.3 percent (35-of-52) overall from the field, including 63.6 percent (seven-of-11) from behind the three-point line. The Roadrunners had four players score in double-figures led by Stephon Treadwell with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-16 shooting (81.3 percent), including going a perfect 11-of-11 at the charity stripe. Will Sanborn was second with 19 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds, followed by Anthony LoRusso with 16 points. Rounding out the high scorers for Ramapo was Garret Thiel with 14 points.
Hiram shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the field and 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from three-point range. The Terriers were led by Sheppard’s 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting (50.0 percent), including making five triples. Stefanov was second in scoring with 18 points and shot six-of-seven (85.7 percent) from behind the arc. Sophomore guard Josh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) scored 12 points and freshman guard Cole O’Dell (Vienna/Mathews) tallied 10 points. Wiesniewski finished the game with five points to go along with a game-high eight assists.
Hiram will next travel to Crawfordsville, Ind. for a North Coast Athletic Conference game against Wabash (Ind.) College on Friday, Jan. 4. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.