Junior J.J. Woodson (Cleveland/Bedford) scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team to a 88-71 win over Westminster (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers are now a perfect 3-0 on the season, while the Titans drop to 2-2.
Woodson finished the game going 7-of-12 from the field. He also pulled down a career best seven rebounds.
Sophomore Kyle Deckerd (Louisville/Canton South) had 11 points while sophomore Jeremiah Thomas (Cleveland/John Hay), freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake/Brookside) and freshmanJantsen Locke (Minerva) all finished with eight.
Hiram came out fo the gate strong and a layup by Woodson gave the Terriers an early 9-2 advantage.
A 3-pointer from Deckerd with 12:13 left in the first half capped off a 10-0 Hiram run and expanded their lead to 21-7.
The Terriers would continue to hold the lead and took a 49-36 lead into the half.
Two free throws by senior Josh Edmondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) with 12:01 left gave Hiram a 68-50 lead. The Titans would not get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
“I thought we came out and played with great energy,” said head coach Chris Kibler. “We are playing really hard and together. We still have some issues with some things, but we are coming to play every night.”
The Terriers shot the ball well, going 30-of-54 (55.6 percent) from the field, while Westminster was 25-of-61 (41.0 percent).
Hiram held a slim 39-38 edge in rebounds.
The Terriers will be in action again on Tuesday, when they play their first road contest of the season at Geneva (Pa.) at 5:30 p.m.