The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell short in a hard-fought contest against Adrian (Mich.) College, 64-59, in a non-conference game as part of the “M” Club Classic hosted by the University of Mount Union in Alliance.
Adrian (4-7) made 22 field goals in the game with half of those makes coming from behind the three-point line. The Bulldogs led for almost the entire first half and led by as many as six points, 23-17, at the 6:32 minute mark. Hiram (3-7) would tie the game at 23-23 with an ensuing 6-0 scoring run, but would not take the lead until just before the end of the period following a pair of free-throws by sophomore forward Riley Moore (Grafton/Midview) that gave the Terriers a 30-29 edge at the break.
The score remained close throughout the first 10 minutes of the final period with both teams swapping leads. With the score tied for the seventh time in the game, 45-45, Adrian outscored Hiram, 12-5, to gain control and lead by seven points, 57-50, with 4:48 to play. Hiram pulled to within three points down the stretch, 62-59, but could not net the game-tying field goal, as Adrian sealed the victory with a pair of free-throws in the final seconds and went on to the 64-59 final.
Adrian shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) for the game, including 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from three-point range. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Rickey Jackson with a game-high 24 points. Wesley Reed was the only other player in double figures with 18 points.
Hiram shot 34.0 percent (16-of-47) for the game, but shot 81.5 percent (22-of-27) at the free-throw line. The Terriers were led offensively by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 18 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent). Fellow senior guard Josh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) was second in scoring with nine points which all came from the charity stripe (nine-of-10 overall). In addition, Stefanov and Edmondson both grabbed seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Ray Gaston (Warren/John F. Kennedy) pulled down a game-tying high nine boards.
Hiram will host back-to-back home games next weekend beginning with a NCAC matchup against Wabash (Ind.) College on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The Terriers will then host DePauw (Ind.) University on Sunday (Jan. 5) in another conference matchup which is set to begin at 2 p.m.