HIRAM, OHIO — Senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) scored a game-tying high 19 points to go along with a game and season-best 11 rebounds as the Hiram College men’s basketball team snapped a three-game winless streak with a 93-68 rout of Allegheny (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the NCAC. The Gators fall to 5-10 overall and 2-5 NCAC.
Hiram looked to make a statement early in the first half taking the lead for good at the 15:49 mark on a three-pointer by senior two-time All-NCAC gaurd Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) making the score 9-8. The Terriers quickly built their lead with a series of three-pointers and recorded their first double-figure margin, 22-12, thanks to one-of-two free-throws by Muhammad with 11:20 left in the half. Hiram later blew the game open with a 13-0 scoring run that ended in in a triple by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) giving the Terriers a commanding 21-point edge, 45-24, at the 3:27 mark. The Terriers went on to lead 50-31 at the half.
In the second half, Hiram continued its impressive play never allowing Allegheny to get to within 16 points. Hiram posted its largest lead of the game of 30 points, 93-63, with 1:46 left on a tre by sophomore guard Tom Herchek (Randolph/Waterloo) en route to the 93-68 final.
Both teams shot well from the floor with Hiram shooting an impressive 57.6 percent (38-of-66), including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from behind the arc. Allegheny finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (29-of-58), but shot 33.3 percent (six-of-18) from three-point range.
The Gators were led in scoring by Seth Eisner with a game-tying high 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting (70.0 percent), including five-of-seven (71.4 percent) from behind the three-point arc. Devone McLeod was second with 14 points and James Ness added 12 points. In addition, McLeod tallied a game-high seven assists and Donte Briscoe grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram was led by Muhammad’s 19 points on nine-of-12 shooting (75.0 percent) and 11 boards. He was one of five Terriers in double-figures as Roberts was second in points with 16 and junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) was third at 14 points while shooting four-of-eight from three-point range (50.0 percent). Stefanov’s 12 points all came from behind the arc connecting on four-of-five attempts (80.0 percent). Rounding out the high scorers was junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) with 10 points.
Hiram will host Ohio Wesleyan University in a NCAC contest at Price Gym on Saturday, Jan. 15. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will tip-off against the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
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