NEW WILMINGTON, PA. — Senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) scored a career-high 24 points as the Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Westminster College, 99-81, tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 8) in a non-conference game at Buzz Ridle Gymnasium in New Wilmington, Pa. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s outcome, the Terriers improve to 4-4 overall and the Titans drop to 1-6 overall for the season.
Despite giving up the game’s opening basketball to Westminster, Hiram quickly took the lead and never trailed the rest of the game. The Terriers took control of the first half with a 13-5 scoring run giving Hiram a double-digit lead of 12 points, 29-17, at the 9:51 mark on a layup by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter). The Titans cut the deficit to single figures, 35-27, with 5:52 left to play in the half, but Hiram outscored Westminster, 16-10, the rest of the way to lead 51-37 at the break.
Hiram maintained its large margin throughout the second half and recorded its largest lead of the game of 22 points on several occassions with the last one coming at the 4:45 mark on a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell, making the score 89-67. The Terriers would go on to win by the final of 99-81.
Both teams shot well from the floor for the game with the edge going in favor of Hiram at 47.3 percent (35-of-74). Westminster finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field.
The Titans had three players score in double-figures, led by Rob Briggs with 16 points on six-of-12 shooting (50.0 percent). He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Anthony Thomas was second with 12 points and Andy Timko added 10 points.
Hiram was paced by Muhammad’s 24 points on eight-of-11 shooting (72.7 percent), including eight-of-10 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line. He fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards. Campbell and senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) were second in scoring with 14 points each. Rounding out the high scorers was Eniola with 11 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior gaurd Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) tallied a game-tying high five assists.
Hiram will travel to Granville for a NCAC matchup against Denison University on Saturday, Dec. 11. The game will part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will tip-off against the Big Red at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
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