OBERLIN, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with a 77-57 blowout victory against Oberlin College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 26) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Phillips Gymnasium in Oberlin. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the NCAC. The Yeomen fall to 1-18 overall and 0-10 NCAC.
Following a competitive opening minutes of the first half, Hiram took the lead for good at the 13:38 mark on a layup by sophomore guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) as part of a 15-3 scoring run which eventually led to a 10-point Terrier lead, 21-11, with 9:24 left in the period. Oberlin got to within five points, 23-18, with 6:23 remaining, but six unanswered points by Hiram that ended in a layup by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush), extended the lead back to double figures 29-18 at the 3:00 mark. The Terriers went on to lead by as many as 19 points in the half with a halftime score of 40-21.
Hiram continued the impressive play in the second half, not allowing the Yeomen to get any closer than 13 points. The Terriers recorded their largest lead of 20 points for the first time with 4:02 left in the game thanks to a three-pointer by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), one of his four triples on the night, making the score 68-48. Hiram went on win by the same point margin with the final score of 77-57.
Hiram won the shooting battle, connecting on 46.2 percent (24-of-52) of its shots and holding Oberlin to 32.7 percent (18-of-55) shooting overall, including just 11.1 percent (one-of-nine) from three-point range.
Oberlin had two players score in double-figures with Josh Merritt scoring a game-high 21 points on six-of-15 shooting (40.0 percent). Geoff Simpson added 13 points.
Hiram was led by Stefanov’s 20 points, equalling his season high, on five-of-10 shooting (50.0 percent) and four-of-seven (57.1 percent) from behind the arc. Two other Terriers scored in double-digits with senior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) contributing with 13 points and senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) chipping in with 10 points to go along with a game-tying high eight rebounds.
Hiram will host Denison University on Saturday, Jan. 29 in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will tip-off against the Big Red at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 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.