Nov. 25 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College men's basketball team put together their most complete performance of the season, dismantling Geneva College, 78-55, on Saturday evening.
The telling stat of the night was the Terrier's ability to share the basketball, and do so efficiently. Hiram posted a season-high 24 assists, while committing just 10 turnovers (2.4 ratio). The starting lineup worked well together, collecting 18 of the team's 24 helpers.
The unselfish basketball helped Hiram connect on a season-best 11 three-point buckets, while shooting .456 from the field.
Each player in the starting lineup contributed heavily to the cause, led by a solid night from sophomore Brevin Dye. Playing just 20 minutes, Dye totaled 17 points while adding a team-best eight rebounds. The sophomore forward connected on six shots, including shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Senior Terrence Warren and freshman Jalen Kirksey helped the flow of the offense, combining for 12 assists on the night. Kirksey tallied a career-high seven, while Warren posted five, to go along with five points.
Hiram trailed just once in the game as a three-pointer from Jimmy Leichliter gave the Golden Tornadoes a 7-4 lead in the opening three minutes.
Hiram responded by canning three-straight triples, including a pair from Dye and one from Ortiz to turn a three-point deficit into a six-point advantage (13-7).
Geneva would trim the lead back to one (13-12) with 13:30 to play, before a quick, 6-0, run pushed the Hiram advantage back to seven. Senior Ryan Greenwood posted a pair of buckets in the run, while Sam Hitchcock added the first of his eight points on the night.
It was in the final 8:01 of the first half, however, that the Terriers made their largest push of the night. Once again leading by just a point (19-18), Hiram would go on a 16-4 run to end the half with a 13-point lead. The advantage marked their first lead after 20 minutes this season.
Ortiz started off the run with a fast-break dunk off an outlet pass from Jones. Jones then tallied two points off an assist from Dye before the sophomore buried a triple from the top of the key to push the advantage to eight (26-18).
Following a Geneva timeout, the Golden Tornadoes trimmed the lead to six, before a 7-0 run ended the half. Warren tallied all five of his points in a row before Marcel Rice rounded out the first-half scoring, 35-22.
The Terriers would maintain the advantage through the majority of the second half as they still found themselves leading by 13 (65-52) with 4:17 remaining.
Sherman Dean III removed put the nail in the coffin with back-to-back triples to push the lead to 18 with 2:41 to play, and the Terriers would cruise to the 23-point win.
The hosts held the advantage in all of the hustle categories, including points-off-turnovers (21-7), second-chance points (15-5) and fast-break points (6-2).
Additionally, the Terrier bench outscored Geneva's 28-12, led by eight points from Hitchcock. Greenwood added seven on the night, while Dean finished with six.
Defensively, Hiram held Geneva to just 28% shooting from beyond the three-point line, holding a 33-12 advantage in points from behind the arc. The defensive effort also produced 11 steals, forcing 18 Geneva turnovers.
Hiram will be back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as they travel to Alliance, Ohio to take on the Purple Raiders of The University of Mount Union. The matchup is scheduled for 7:00 PM.