Feb. 21 – SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Hiram College men's basketball team suffered a 90-44 defeat at the hands of Wittenberg University in the opening round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Tuesday evening.
Hiram entered the game as the fifth overall seed in the tournament, while the Tigers earned hosting rights as the fourth-seeded team.
Wittenberg led throughout the entirety of the matchup, running out to an early eight-point lead (18-10) through the first nine minutes of action.
The Terriers would respond over the next two minutes, putting together a 9-3 run to cut the Tiger advantage to 21-19. Junior Kelvin Jones led the run, tallying six of the nine points in the swing.
The Tigers closed the first half by holding the Terriers to just two points over the final nine minutes to push ahead 39-21 at the break. They would then outscore Hiram 51-23 in the second half to round out the scoring.
Jones led the Terrier offense in the loss, posting ten points while adding seven rebounds. Jones shot 5-of-7 from the field, giving him a shooting percentage of .691 on the season.
Not only does his field-goal percentage for the year remain the top mark in all of Division III, but it also breaks the Hiram single-season record for and individual's field-goal percentage. Jones finished the year 154-233, breaking John Lampe's 1991-92 record by 70 points (.621).
Wittenberg was paced by 15 points from Cody Phillippi, while Chad Roy (12) and Jaelin Williams (11) each finished in double figures.
The Terriers finished the 2016-17 campaign with a record of 11-15, including an 8-10 mark in conference play.