GAMBIER, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball efforts to erase a 10-point halftime deficit fell short as the Terriers dropped a 78-69 decision against Kenyon College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Tomsich Arena in Gambier. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 8-9 overall and 2-6 in the NCAC. The Lords improve to 8-9 overall and 4-4 NCAC.
Kenyon jumped out to a 9-6 lead early in the first half, but Hiram answered with a 7-o scoring run that was capped by a jumper by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston), giving the Terriers a 13-9 advantage at the 13:27 mark. The lead didn’t last long as the Lords responded by outscoring Hiram, 14-4, to regain the lead and never trailed in the game again. Hiram stayed within striking distance until late in the period when Kenyon padded its advantage with a mini 6-0 run to end the half and take a 38-28 margin into the locker rooms.
Hiram never allowed the deficit to grow to more than eight points in the opening minutes of the second half and battled its way back to make it a one-point game, 48-47, with 13:05 left to play thanks to a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) that capped a 9-2 run. Kenyon got a little breathing room, increasing its lead to six points in the following minutes, but blew the game open with a 10-0 run later in the period that gave the Lords a 14-point lead, 64-50, with 5:47 left to play. Kenyon went on to record its largets margin of the game of 17 points, 72-55, at the 3:34 mark. Hiram had to play catch-up the remainder of the half and got to within eight points, 75-67, on a layup by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with 32 seconds left. But the earlier Kenyon lead sealed the victory for the Lords en route to the 78-69 final.
Kenyon shot an impressive 52.0 percent (26-of-50) from the field as Hiram shot 38.0 percent (27-of-71).
The Lords were led in scoring by Kodey Haddox with a game-high 19 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent). Brian Lebowitz was second with 14 points, in addition to grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, and Marcus Healey was third at 12 points. Rounding out the high scorers for Kenyon was Uros Vasiljevik with 11 points.
Hiram was led by Muhammad with 18 points on eight-of-15 shooting (53.3 percent). Senior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 10 points. In addition, junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) pulled down a game-high 11 boards.
Hiram will travel to Oberlin for a NCAC game against Oberlin College next Wednesday, Jan. 26. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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