Hiram College

The Hiram College men’s basketball team dropped a tough contest to NCAC leading Ohio Wesleyan by a 70-64 score on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers fall to 9-10 on the season and 3-9 in the NCAC, while the Battling Bishops improve to 15-4, 10-2.

Junior J.J. Woodson paced Hiram with a team-high 18 points and four assists.

Freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake/Brookside) had 12 points and nine rebounds, while juniorAusten Rekolt (Salem/West Branch) chipped in with eight.

Ben Simpson led a balanced OWU attack with a game-high 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The Battling Bishops opened up a early 12-7 advantage, before the Terriers responded with a 10-2 run, to take a 17-14 lead with 11:25 left in the first half.

The teams would continue to trade the lead throughout the first half and Ohio Wesleyan used a late 12-5 spurt to take a 37-31 lead into the break.

In the second half, Hiram would tie the score at 42-42, on a jumper from Jones.

The Terriers would then take a 49-46 lead a few minutes later on a 3-pointer by junior Ray Gaston (Warren/John F. Kennedy).

But the Battling Bishops came right back and scored the next 10 points to open up a 56-49 edge with 6:57 left in the game.

Woodson brought Hiram to within three points, 59-56, on a four-point play with 4:47 remaining.

The Terriers could get no closer though and OWU sunk four consecutive free throws in the final 30 second to secure the win.

Hiram finished the game 23-of-56 (41.1 percent) in shooting and 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) in 3-pointers, while Ohio Wesleyan was 25-of-54 (46.3 percent) from the field and 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) from beyong the arc.

The Terriers won the rebounding battle 35-30, but were outscored 21-8 in points off of turnovers.

Hiram will return to action on Friday, when it hosts Wabash (Ind.) in a NCAC contest at 8 p.m.