HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Kenyon College, 89-74, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 5) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Lords improve to 6-7 overall and 2-2 NCAC.
Kenyon led for the majority of the first half and a late 14-2 scoring run by the Lords resulted in a commanding 35-22 advantage with 3:43 left to play in the period. Kenyon later matched its largest lead of the half of 13 points at the 2:03 mark with the score of 37-24. But Hiram connected on back-t0-back three-pointers by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to end the scoring in the half and cut the deficit to 37-30 at the break.
The Lords opened the second half with a 10-4 run to push the lead back to 13 points, 47-34, with 16:31 left to go. The Terriers responded with a 10-2 run of their own that ended in a pair of free-throws by senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) to narrow the gap to single figures, 49-44, with 14:18 on the clock. But Kenyon regained control and increased its lead back to double-digits for good at the 12:11 mark and never looked back going on to lead by as many as 18 points on two occassions with the last one being a 68-50 edge with 9:24 to go. The Lords went on to win by the final score of 89-74.
Kenyon shot an impressive 56.1 percent from the field (32-of-57) for the game, including 86.4 percent (19-of-22) from the free-throw line. Hiram finished the game shooting 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the floor.
The Lords had five players score in double-figures led by Kodey Haddox with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent). Urso Vasiljevik was second with 14 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds. Anthony Chun scored 13 points, while Marcus Healey and Evan McCulley rounded out the high scorers with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Hiram was led in scoring by Roberts with 22 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent), including a perfect three-of-three from three-point range and seven-of-nine (84.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Stefanov was second in scoring with 18 points and shot four-of-nine (44.4 percent) from behind the arc. Senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) was the other double-digit scorer for the Terriers with 10 points in addition to grabbing a team-best six boards. In addition, senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) tallied a game-high eight assists.
Hiram will travel to Springfield for a NCAC game against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Jan. 8. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will take on the Tigers at 3 p.m., followed by the men at 5 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.