Hiram College

HIRAM, OHIO  —  The Hiram College men’s basketball team started the 2010-11 season in winning fashion with a 71-53 victory against non-conference opponent the University of Mount Union tonight (Monday, Nov. 15) in the season and home opener at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers open the season with a 1-0 overall record, while the Purple Raiders fall to 0-1 overall.

Hiram jumped out early, scoring the first eight points of the game, which was capped by a three-pointer by junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) to give the Terriers an 8-0 lead at the 18:20 minute mark.  Hiram led by as many as 10 points in the half, 15-5, on one-of-two free-throws by sophomore forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 12:50 left to play in the period.  But Mount Union hung around and chipped away at the Hiram lead narrowing the gap to a single point on two occassions, including a 19-18 edge on a layup by Dave Pellerite at the 6:46 mark.  The Purple Raiders later evened the score at 26-26 with 4:11 to go, but Hiram regained the lead and maintained a slim 34-31 advantage at the intermission.

In the second half, Hiram increased its lead with a series of small scoring runs early in the period and slowly extended its lead to eight points, 47-39, on a jumper by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 14:07 mark.  Following an ensuing Purple Raider basket by Matt Kiger, the Terriers then took control of the game with a 12-0 scoring run that ended in a jumper by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) giving Hiram an 18-point margin, 59-41, with 9:23 to go.  Mount Union never closed the gap to less than double figures the rest of the game and Hiram led by as many as 19 points en route to the 71-53 victory.

Mount Union shot 32.6 percent (15-of-46) from the floor and was led by Matt Kiger with 10 points on two-of-four shooting (50.0 percent) and a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line.  Matt Wier led the team in rebounding with a game-tying high nine boards.

Hiram shot 40.6 percent from the field (28-of-69) and was led by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) and junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) with 15 points each.  Eniola finished the game with 14 points to go along with a game-tying high nine rebounds.

Hiram will travel to Beaver Falls, Pa. for the Geneva College Tournament this Friday-Saturday, Nov. 19-20.  The Terriers will play their first game of the two-day event on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.