Jan. 25 – WOOSTER, Ohio – The Hiram College men's basketball team dropped a 103-85 decision to The College of Wooster on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers grabbed their first lead of the game early, getting a three-point bucket by Marcel Rice to take a 3-2 lead. From there, however, Wooster would respond with a 13-2 run to push the hosts' lead to 15-5 at the 14:55 mark.
Hiram would respond, using an 11-4 swing to close the gap to three (19-16) with 12:29 to go. Following a three by Jake Williams, Kyle Deckerd would get involved by notching six of the team's next eight points. His last jumper of the run cut the advantage to three and forced a Wooster timeout.
Over the next three minutes, the Scots would use an 11-3 swing, including a trio of threes by Danyon Hempy, to extend the lead back to double digits (30-19) with 9:22 to play. The Terriers would get as close as nine (32-23) with just over eight minutes to play, but Wooster would close on a 26-13 run to push the lead to 22 at the break.
Hiram would outscore Wooster 49-45 in the second half, but would get no closer than 18 points on the final bucket of the game, a three-point basket by Austin Blatt.
The Terrier reserves paced the offensive workload for Hiram, finishing the game with 51 of the team's 85 points. Deckerd led the way for the Terriers, posting a team-high 10 points on the night. Joe Zoltowski provided solid minutes off the bench, adding a season-high nine points. Jeremiah Thomas led the Terrier starters with nine, while shooting 50% from the field (4-of-8).
All 15 Terriers that played found their way onto the scoresheet throughout out the game. Other notable leaders for Hiram included seven each from Paul Ortiz and Terrence Warren; six points from Brevin Dye and Kelvin Jones; and five points were chipped in from Daniel Aultman, Jared Butler and Rice.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, January 28, as they play host to the Gators of Allegheny College. The matchup is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip.