HIRAM, OHIO -- The Hiram College men's basketball trailed by as many as seven points in the first half and came back to defeat Westminster (Pa.) College, 81-62, in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Westminster (3-5 overall) outscored Hiram (4-4 overall), 12-5, in the first 4:03 of the first half, but the Terriers rallied their way back to tie the game at 19-19 at the 10:25 minute mark following a three-pointer by senior guard Tom Herchek (Randolph/Waterloo). Hiram eventually took the lead for the first time in the game with 6:37 left in the half on a jumper by junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls). The Terriers then outscored the Titans, 20-8, to end the period and built their lead to a commanding 14 points with a halftime score of 45-31.
Westminster mounted a rally of its own in the second half, beginning the final 20 minutes with a 12-2 scoring run to get to within four points, 47-43, with 13:55 remaining in the game. The Titans later took over the lead at the 9:51 mark on a layup making the score 55-54. Hiram answered with an ensuing 16-3 run that ended in another bucket by Stefanov to give control back to the Terriers with equaling their largest lead of 14 points, 71-57, with 3:14 to go. The Titans never threatened the remainder of the game as Hiram went on to post its largest margin of the game of 19 points with the final score of 81-62.
Westminster shot 33.3 percent (19-of-57) from the field and just 13.3 percent (two-of-15) from three-point range. The Titans were led in scoring by Anthony Thomas with 16 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent). Doug Smith was second in scoring with 13 points, followed by Mark Hockenberry with 11 points. Rounding out the high scorers for Westminster was Ron Martino with 10 points.
Hiram shot 50.0 percent (30-of-60) overall from the field and was led by by senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) who scored a game and career-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting (58.8 percent). Stefanov and junior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) were the other two Terriers in double-figures with 10 points each. Stefanov also added a game-high six assists while Zurowski and senior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) each recorded a game-high six rebounds.
Hiram will travel to University Circle on Friday, Dec. 21 for a non-conference game against Case. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.