CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND. — Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) connected on six three-pointers en route to scoring 20 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team in a 70-58 upset of No. 13 nationally-ranked Wabash College today (Saturday, Feb. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Chadwick Court in Crawfordsville, Ind. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 12-11 overall and 6-8 in the NCAC. The Little Giants are now 17-5 overall and 9-5 NCAC.
Hiram grabbed the lead early and an 11-2 scoring run by the Terriers that ended in a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) gave Hiram a 17-7 edge with 11:45 left in the first half. Hiram led by as many as 12 points in the period, 24-12, on a pair of free-throws by sophomore forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 7:15 remaining when Wabash went on a 17-5 run to end the half and took a 31-29 lead into halftime.
Hiram took over the lead again in the early minutes of the second half, but the Little Giants rallied and evened the score at 38-38 with 17:13 left in the game. Stefanov then sparked a 22-6 run with one of his six triples which led to a commanding 60-44 advantage with 7:25 left to play. Wabash would not go quietly as the Little Giants answered the run with an 11-0 run of their own to get to within five points, 60-55, at the 3:30 mark. Following a successful free-throw by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) that gave Hiram a six-point advantage, Stefanov connected on a crucial three-point shot on the Terrier’s next possession extending the lead to nine points, 64-55, with 1:39 to go and forcing Wabash to foul the rest of the way. Hiram put the game away at the charity stripe in the final minutes as the Terriers went on to the 70-58 final.
Wabash had two players score in double-digits with Wes Smith scoring a game-high 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting (55.0 percent). Derek Bailey was the other Little Giant in double-figures with 10 points.
Hiram was led by Stefanov’s 20 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent), with all six buckets coming from behind the arc (six-of-11 overall). Junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) was second with 12 points and senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) added 11 points.
Hiram will conclude the regular-season with its final two games at home beginning with a NCAC matchup against Oberlin College on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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