The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell to No. 22 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University, 86-60, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium on senior day.
Hiram (6-19, 4-14 NCAC) trailed, 11-7, early in the first half before Wittenberg (19-6, 13-5 NCAC) took control of the game with an ensuing 13-0 scoring run to go up by 17 points, 24-7, with 10:57 to go and never looked back. The Tigers continued to pull away as Hiram shot just 25.9 percent (seven-of-27) from the field, including one-of-12 from three-point range. Wittenberg added another substantial run just before the end of the half, this time a 10-0 run to blow the game open en route to leading by 26 points, 43-17, with 1:11 remaining before halftime. The Tigers went to take a confortable 43-19 margin into the locker rooms.
Wittenberg picked up right where they left off to begin the second half and extended their lead to a game-high 31 points in the first four minutes. The Terrier offense improved in the final period and narrowed the gap to 18 points on a couple of occasions with the last one being a 77-59 deficit with 3:33 to play following a jumper by sophomore forward Riley Moore (Grafton/Midview). But the earlier deficit would be too much to overcome as Wittenberg would go on to post the 86-60 victory.
The Tigers ended the game shooting 50.0 percent (25-of-50), including shooting 33 free-throw attempts finishing 29-of-33 overall (87.9 percent). Wittenberg was led in scoring by Scott Masin with a game-high 24 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Zack Leahy was the only other Tiger player in double figures with 14 points.
Hiram shot 32.8 percent (21-of-64) overall for the game and was held to 16.7 percent (four-of-24) from long range. The Terriers were led in scoring by senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov(Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 17 points on five-of-16 shooting (31.3 percent). Senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) rounded out the high scorers with 10 points to go along with a game-high eight points.
The loss to Wittenberg ends Hiram’s 2013-14 season as the Terriers needed a win against the Tigers to advance to the NCAC Tournament.