HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 63-55 loss against Muskingum University tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 29) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers are now 7-5 overall and the Fighting Muskies improve to 5-6 overall for the season.
The first half featured two ties and 10 lead changes in the early minutes of the period, but a late 8-0 scoring run by Muskingum gave the Muskies their first double-figure lead of 10 points, 30-20, at the 4:26 minute mark. Muskingum went on to lead by as many as 11 points, 33-22, with 2:38 left to play before halftime, but an 8-2 run by Hiram to end the half pulled the Terriers to within five points, 35-30, on a three-pointer by senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) with 1:01 left. Neither team recorded any points in the final minute as Muskingum maintained a 35-30 edge at the intermission.
Muskingum looked to pull away outscoring Hiram 12-4 to begin the second half and recorded its largest lead of 13 points, 47-34, with 14:22 left to play. The Terriers battled back with an ensuing 8-0 run sparked by a jumper by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) that got Hiram back to within five points, 47-42, at the 11:26 mark. Hiram managed to cut the deficit to a point, 51-50, with 7:29 left, but the Terriers could not take that lead as the Muskies scored two unanswered baskets to extend the lead back to five points, 55-50, with 6:10 to go. Muskingum later went up by nine points, 61-52, at the 3:18 mark as the Hiram shooting went cold in the final minutes allowing the Muskies to hang for the 63-55 win.
Muskingum shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field and held Hiram to just 34.3 percent (24-of-70) from the field.
The Muskies were led by Josh Brindley who scored 19 points on five-of-10 shooting (50.0 percent), including nine-of-12 (75.0 percent) from the free-throw line, and grabbed nine rebounds. J.J. Armstrong was second with 16 points and Kyle Clinedinst rounded out the high scorers with 10 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Hiram had one player in double-digits in senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) with 10 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent). He also grabbed a team-high nine boards.
Hiram will host Kenyon College on Wednesday, Jan. 5 in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.