The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell to DePauw (Ind.) University, 65-59, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Greencastle, Ind.
In a repeat of the game against Wabash (Ind.) yesterday, Hiram (7-6 overall, 1-3 NCAC) opened the game with back-to-back layups to take the early lead. DePauw (8-5, 1-3 NCAC) fought its way back and eventually took the lead, 13-12, at the 12:17 mark of the first half. Both teams exchanged leads one more time in the period, but it would be the Tigers who claimed a 28-26 advantage at halftime.
DePauw looked to pull away early in the second half, building a seven-point lead, 35-28, with 17:08 left in the game. The Tigers never trailed in the period, despite the Terriers rallying to within two points on a couple of occasions, including a 39-37 mark following a layup by senior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) with 12:50 to play. DePauw reached a double-digit lead for the first time in the game at the 5:59 mark, 52-42, on its way to leading by as many as 11 points in the final 20 minutes. The lead would be all the Tigers would need as they went to win by the final of 65-59.
DePauw shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) as a team from the field and had three players score in double-figures. Connor Rich led the Tigers with 15 points on six-of-12 shooting (50.0 percent) and Barry Flynn and Tommy Fernitz each scored 14 points.
Hiram shot 45.5 percent (25-of-55) from the floor, but just 23.1 percent (three-of-13) from behind the three-point line. Senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) led the Terriers with a game-high 17 points and shot seven-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field. Senior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) and junior guard Aaron Stefanov(Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) each added 10 points. In addition, Zivoder grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram will host No. 15 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Price Gymnasium. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will also be taking on the Fighting Scots with tip-off slated for 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.