DELAWARE, OHIO — The fifth-seeded Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by fourth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University, 100-85, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 22) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Branch Rickey Arena in Delaware. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers had a four-game winning streak snapped and will end the season with a 14-12 overall record. The Battling Bishops improve to xx-xx overall and will advance to the semifinal round later this week.
OWU recorded a huge first half scoring 53 points and shot 72.4 percent (21-of-29) from the floor. Despite the hot shooting by the Bishops, the game remained close until nearing the midway point of the first half when OWU gained some breathing room with an 8-0 scoring run that put the Battling Bishops up by seven points, 19-12, with 13:41 left in the period. The Bishops later recorded their first double-digit lead of 10 points, 29-19, at the 10:38 mark, but Hiram rallied with a 6-1 run that ended in a layup by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) that cut the lead to five points, 30-25, with 9:05 left before the intermission. OWU responded with nine straight points of its own to regain a double-figure advantage, 39-25, and went to lead by as many as 19 points on several occassions, including a halftime score of 53-34.
In the second half, the Bishops picked up where they left off as OWU opened the period with a 7-2 run to post its largest lead of the game of 24 points, 60-36, with 18:26 left to play. The Hiram scoring picked up in the second half, but the Terriers could not overcome the earlier deficit as the Bishops’ impressive shooting continued and OWU maintained their large lead the rest of the way en route to the 100-85 victory.
OWU ended up shooting 67.2 percent (39-of-58) from the floor, including nine-of-12 (75.0 percent) from three-point range. Hiram shot 46.4 percent (32-of-69) from the field, but only 28.6 percent (four-of-14) from behind the arc.
The Bishops were led by Tim Brady with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent) and four-of-six from three-point range (66.7 percent). Andy Winters was second with 21 points, followed by Marshall Morris with 18 points to go along with a game-tying high seven rebounds. Dre White rounded out the high scorers with 13 points in addition to seven boards.
Hiram was led by two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 21 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent), including nine-of-12 (75.0 percent) from the free-throw line. Junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) was second with 16 points and Muhammad was third at 13 points.
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