HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell short of a possible upset of No. 1 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 70-64, tonight (Thursday, Feb. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s outcome, the Terriers are now 10-10 overall and 4-7 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots remain unbeaten this season and improve to 20-0 overall and 11-0 NCAC.
Wooster led by as many as nine points, 20-11, at the 9:49 mark of the first half, but Hiram battled back to tie the game and eventually take the lead, 30-28, with 2:40 left in the period on a jumper by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel). Hiram went on to lead by as many as three points, 32-29, at the 2:13 mark thanks to a bucket by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter). The Scots ended the period with a mini 5-1 run to regain the lead that included a halftime score of 34-33.
The momentum looked to swing in favor of Wooster in the second half as the Scots posted their largest margin of 11 points, 59-48, with 6:25 left to play. But the Terriers rallied again and slowly began to narrow the gap and got to within three points on two occassions, including a 67-64 deficit thanks to a three-point play by Eniola with 14 seconds left to play. Wooster connected on three-of-four free-throws in the final seconds as each Hiram shot missed its mark allowing the Scots to hang on for a 70-64 victory.
Wooster shot 48.8 percent (21-of-43) from the floor and Hiram shot 36.2 percent (25-of-69) for the game. The difference would come at the free-throw line as the Scots went 23-of-33 at the charity stripe (69.7 percent) to Hiram’s seven-of-17 shooting (41.2 percent).
The Scots were led in scoring by Nathan Balch with a game-high 20 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent), including shooting seven-of-eight (87.5 percent) at the free-throw line. Ian Franks was second with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds, followed by Bryan Wickliffe with 11 points. Rounding out the high scorers was Josh Claytor with 10 points.
Hiram was paced by Eniola with 16 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent) to go along with a team-tying high seven boards. Senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 11 points.
Hiram will travel to Delaware for a NCAC game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 5. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will tip-off against the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.