SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team suffered its third straight loss with a 68-59 defeat against Wittenberg University today (Saturday, Jan. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. [Game Stats]
Following today’s game, the Terriers drop to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC. The Tigers improve to 9-4 overall and 5-0 NCAC.
The game remained close throughout the majority of the first half, but Wittenberg looked to pull away late in the period with a 9-0 scoring run that gave the Tigers a 35-25 advantage with 2:35 left before halftime. Hiram then tallied five straight points that ended in a three-point play by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) to pull to within five points, 35-30, with just over a minute to go. The Tigers scored the final points of the period to extend the margin to 37-30 at the break.
Wittenberg quickly built its lead back to double-figures, scoring the first four points of the period to lead 41-30 at the 18:21 mark. Hiram then outscored the Tigers, 16-7, to make it a one possession game with the score of 48-46 thanks to a layup by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) with 10:22 left to play. Hiram stayed within striking distance until Wittenberg took control with a 9-0 run to regain a double-digit lead, 62-51, with 2:36 to go. The Terriers got to within seven points, 66-59, on a three-pointer by senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 29 seconds left. But that would be as close as Hiram would get as Wittenberg sealed the game with a pair of free-throws to end the scoring and preserve a 68-59 victory.
Wittenberg was led in scoring by Clayton Black with a game-high 19 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent), including nine-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the free-throw line. Chris Sullivan and Michael Cooper rounded out the Tiger high scorers with 11 points each.
Hiram was led by Roberts and Watkins with 14 points each. Watkins’ 14 points was a career-high. Meyer finished the game with 11 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram will look to end its current losing skid when it hosts Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Jan. 12 in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will tip-off against the Gators at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.