Senior guard Josh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Denison University, 68-53, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Granville keeping a possible berth to the NCAC postseason alive.
Hiram (6-18, 4-13 NCAC) never trailed in the first half and gradually built a sizeable lead with a series of scoring runs, including a 9-2 scoring run that ended in a three-point play by senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) to give the Terriers a 23-14 lead at the 5:35 mark. Hiram would go into the locker rooms with a 25-18 advantage.
In the second half, Denison (12-12, 8-9 NCAC) began the period with an 11-3 run to take a one-point lead, 29-28, with 16:07 left to go in the game. The Big Red went on to lead by as many as six points on a couple of occasions with the last one being a 42-36 score with 10:36 to go. But Hiram made a rally of its own as a layup by senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov(Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) sparked a 9-2 run to give the Terriers the lead back at 45-44. The two teams exchanged leads on its ensuing possessions, but Hiram took the lead for good with a 6-0 run that included four points from Zurowski, making the score 51-46. Hiram then pulled away with a series of scoring runs and would go on to record its largest lead of the game with the final score of 68-53.
Denison shot 37.8 percent (17-of-45) from the floor and was led in scoring by Alex Longi with 13 points. David Meurer and Darius White rounded out the high scorers with 10 points each.
Hiram shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54) overall for the game, including 81.8 percent (18-of-22) at the free-throw line. The Terriers were led by Edmondson’s 21 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent) to go along with his 12 rebounds for a double-double. Zurowski finished the game with 18 points and freshman guard Kyle Deckerd (Louisville/Canton South) added 10 points.
Hiram will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 22 when it hosts Wittenberg University in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium. It will also be senior day with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.