HIRAM, OHIO — Senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) and junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) each scored 15 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past No. 17 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University, 87-65, today (Saturday, Feb. 19) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Price Gymnasium on senior day. [Game Stats]
The Terriers recorded their fourth straight win, including a second victory against a nationally-ranked opponent in the period of a week, and end the regular season with a 14-11 overall record and 8-8 in the NCAC. The Tigers end their regular season 17-7 overall and 13-3 NCAC.
Hiram looked to make a statement early scoring the first nine points of the game to grab the early lead. Wittenberg later rallied and pulled to within a point, 15-14, at the 10:41 mark. But Hiram answered with a run of its own, outscoring the Tigers, 14-4, and took an 11-point advantage on a layup by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with 6:54 left in the half. Wittenberg narrowed the gap to six points later in the period, but Hiram extended its lead again to end the half and re-captured an 11-point edge at the break with a score of 41-30.
Hiram put the game away in the second half with an 18-4 scoring run to begin the period and take a 25-point lead on a jumper by senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) at the 13:19 mark. The Tigers wouldn’t get any closer than 17 points the rest of the way as the Terriers recorded their largest lead of the game of 32 points, 76-44, with one-of-two free-throws by Wiegand with 6:53 left to play. Hiram would go to win by the final of 87-65.
Hiram shot 45.2 percent (33-of-73) and out-rebounded Wittenberg, 51-39. The Tigers shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) frm the floor for the game.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Clayton Black with 16 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent). Josh McKee was the only other Wittenberg player in double-figures with 12 points.
Hiram was led by Eniola’s and Wiegand’s 15 points. Wiegand tallied 12 of his 15 points from three-point range. Two other Terrier players score in double-figures with Muhammad scoring 12 points in addition to grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, and junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) added 10 points.
Hiram will advance to the NCAC Tournament which is set to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The Terriers will be the fifth seed and will travel to Delaware to take on No. 4 seed Ohio Wesleyan University. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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