Large Second Half Propels Men's Basketball Past Waynesburg (Pa.)

Junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored a game-high 20 points, including shooting 12-of-13 at the free-throw line, in win against Waynesburg (Pa.).
Junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored a game-high 20 points, including shooting 12-of-13 at the free-throw line, in win against Waynesburg (Pa.).

HIRAM, OHIO -- The Hiram College men's basketball team outscored Waynesburg (Pa.) University, 41-21, in the second half on its way to a 74-62 overall victory against the Yellow Jackets in a non-conference matchup at Price Gymnasium.

Waynesburg (2-7 overall) jumped out to an early 8-4 lead when Hiram (2-4 overall) went on a 5-0 scoring run of its own to take its first lead of the game, 9-8, at the 15:31 minute mark of the first half. The two teams then went back-and-fourth until late in the half as the lead would change a total of 10 times in the period. The Yellow Jackets looked to pull away late outscoring Hiram, 15-6, in the final 6:44 resulting in a 41-33 advantage at the break.

The second half would be a different story for Hiram as the Terriers shot 50.0 percent from the field (11-of-22), and would convert 18-of-20 free-throw attempts (90.0 percent), while holding Waynesburg to just 20.0 percent (six-of-30) shooting. Waynesburg led for almost the entire first ten minutes of the second period, including boasting a seven-point margin, 52-45, with 11:50 to go in the game. The Terriers then began to make their run going on an 11-0 scoring run that ended in a jumper by junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to give Hiram a 56-52 lead at the 8:46 mark. Hiram never trailed in the ball game again and began to pull away leading by eight points, 66-58, with 3:10 left to play following another jumper by Stefanov. The Yellow Jackets would pull to within six points, but would not get any closer as the Terriers went on to record their largest lead of the game with the final score of 74-62.

Waynesburg shot 36.1 percent (22-of-61) from the field for the game and had four players score in double-figures. Jason Propst led the team with 18 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent) to go along with seven rebounds. Casey Hope was second in scoring with 12 points and Jacob Fleegle and Thomas Ellis each added 11 points. Hope also grabbed a team-high eight boards.

Hiram shot 48.0 percent (24-of-50) overall from the field and 88.0 percent (22-of-25) at the charity stripe. The Terriers were led by Stefanov with a game-high 20 points on four-of-14 shooting (28.6 percent) and an impressive 12-of-13 at the free-throw line (92.3 percent). Senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) was second on the team in scoring with 19 points, followed by senior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. Rounding out the scoring was junior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) with 10 points in addition to grabbing a game and career-high 13 boards.

Hiram will be back in action on Monday, Dec. 17 when it hosts Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College in a non-conference game at Price Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.