Five players score in double figures as the Hiram College men’s basketball team posted its largest margin of victory for the season in a 101-65 win against Westminster (Pa.) College in non-conference action in New Wilmington, Pa.
Despite a slow start offensively by both teams to begin the first half with the first points scored not coming until the 17:40 mark, Hiram (2-5) then went on a 20-4 scoring run capped by a three-pointer by sophomore forward Riley Moore (Grafton/Midview) to give the Terriers a 20-8 lead with 12:29 to go in the period. Westminster (0-8) would get to with 10 points, 23-13, before the Terriers answered with another scoring run, this time an 11-0 run, to take command of the game with a score of 34-13 following a pair of free-throws by senior forwardJustin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg). The half ended on back-to-back triples for Hiram from senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Moore en route to the Terriers posting their largest lead of the half with the halftime score of 52-26.
Hiram continued to pull away in the second half, adding to its 52 first-half point total with a 49-point second period. The Terriers reached the 30-point lead plateau for the first time in the game with 15:48 left to go in the game following a three-pointer by Stefanov to make the score 63-33. Hiram went on to post its largest lead of the game of 36 points with the final score of 101-65.
Westminster shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the floor and three players score in double figures. Anthony Thomas led the way with 15 points and was followed by the duo of Charlie Wallander and Paul Carswell with 11 points each.
Hiram shot 44.3 percent (35-of-79) overall and 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from behind the arc. The Terriers were led in scoring by Stefanov with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-16 shooting (56.3 percent), including four-of-eight (50.0 percent) from three-point range. Moore was second with 18 points, with 12 of those points coming from long range, to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds to complete the double-double. Freshman guard Joe Zoltowski (Erie, Pa./Harbor Creek) scored 11 points and rounding out the high scorers were Lonis and sophomore forward Ray Gaston (Warren/John F. Kennedy) with 10 points each.
Hiram will travel to Waynesburg, Pa. for a non-conference game against Waynesburg (Pa.) University on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.