The Hiram College men’s basketball team rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to beat Wittenberg University, 62-57, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Springfield.
Hiram (10-7, 4-4 NCAC) captured its third straight victory with the win. The Terriers led for the majority of the first half, including having an eight-point advantage, 18-10, at the 8:29 minute mark following a jumper by junior guard Matt Roman (North Olmsted). The Wittenberg (12-5, 5-3 NCAC) offense then scored seven unanswered points to make the score 18-17 with 5:34 left in the period. After a jumper by senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) to put Hiram up by three points, 20-17, the Tigers ended the half on an 8-0 scoring run to take their first lead of the game with a halftime score of 25-20.
In the second half, Hiram quickly regained the lead scoring six straight points, all from junior guardAaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) resulting in a 26-25 margin with 17:02 left to play. The score remained close until the 9:52 mark when a three-pointer by Sheppard sparked a 10-0 run giving the Terriers a 45-38 lead with 6:07 to go. Hiram went on to lead by nine points on numerous occasions in the final minutes and the Terriers would convert all six free-throws to end the game clinching a 62-57 victory.
Wittenberg shot 43.5 percent (20-of-46) as a team and had three players score in double-figures. Cam Walton led the way with 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting (77.8 percent), including making four triples. Scott Masin was second with 12 points and Alex Fultz added 11 points.
Hiram ended up shooting 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from the floor, including 50.0 percent (seven-of-14) from behind the three-point line. The Terriers were led by Sheppard with a game-high 20 points on eight-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent). Stefanov was second with 14 points and rounding out the high scorers was senior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 10 points.
Hiram will return home to host Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Price Gymnasium. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Hiram women’s team. The women will also be taking on the Gators beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.