HIRAM, OHIO — Senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) became the 22nd player in Hiram College men’s basketball history to score 1,000 points despite a 59-56 loss against No. 13 nationally-ranked Wabash (Ind.) College today (Saturday, Dec. 4) at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
Following today’s game, the Terriers drop to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC. The Little Giants improve to 8-0 overall and 1-0 NCAC.
The first half featured a see-saw battle with eight lead changes and five ties. Wabash led by as many as six points nearing the midway point of the period with a 11-5 advantage at the 13:41 minute mark. A jumper by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) on the ensuing Hiram possession sparked an 8-0 scoring run that gave the Terriers a 13-11 lead with 10:13 left in the half. The teams would exchange leads four more times in the final 10 minutes, but it was Hiram who would take a slim 27-26 margin into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Hiram looked like it could pull away thanks to a 12-3 run that began at the 13:42 mark and ended in a tip-in by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) to give the Terriers a 46-37 lead with 9:30 to go. But Wabash answered with a 17-3 run of its own to go up by five points, 54-49, with 2:59 left to play. The Little Giants led by six points, 57-51, with under a minute remaining, but Hiram would make one final run narrowing the lead to a point, 57-56, on a jumper by junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) and three free-throws by Roberts with nine seconds left. Wabash connected on a pair of free-throws in the final seconds and Hiram’s final attempt to tie the game fell short as the Little Giants hung on for a 59-56 win.
Wabash shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the floor and held Hiram to 31.7 percent (20-of-63) shooting.
Individually, the Little Giants were led by Wes Smith with a game-high 21 points on seven-of-17 shooting (41.2 percent). He was also one of four Wabash players to grab a team-tying high seven rebounds. Ben Burkett was the only other Wabash player in double-figures with 14 points.
Hiram was led by Roberts’ 13 points on three-of-seven shooting (42.9 percent). Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) rounded out the high scorers with 11 points. Senior forward Babjide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will play its next four games on the road beginning with a trip to New Wilmington, Pa. for a non-conference game against Westminster College on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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