Nov 29, 2017
Nov.29-ALLIANCE, Ohio- Despite outrebounding the Purple Raiders 47-37 and forcing 11 turnovers, the Hiram men's basketball team fell 78-70 to the University of Mount Union Wednesday night.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead with a three from senior Paul Ortiz but were unable to maintain it for the rest of the stanza. The following minutes were filled with back-to-back runs from Hiram and the Purple Raiders.
The University of Mount Union tallied 10 points to extend the lead to 20-12. The Terriers responded with junior Marcel Rice and senior leader Kelvin jones making a basket, as well as a three from senior Terrence Warren and sophomore Brevin Dye, to pass the Purple Raiders, 22-20.
The Terriers went into halftime trailing 42-31. Hiram forced five turnovers in the first half, tying the game two times but never cementing a lead.
Looking to chip away at the 11-point deficit Dye opened up the second half sinking two shots from the free throw line, while Warren made another basket to bring the score to 42-35.
The Terriers dominated at the free throw line in the first 10 minutes of the second half with Kirksey, senior Jake Williams, sophomore Austin Blatt, and Jones all making a visit. Hiram shot 79 percent from the charity stripe.
With only 3:13 remaining and Hiram trailing by 14, Greenwood made his last basket of the night, and Jones posted two more free throws.
Jones came back a minute later to shrink the Mount union lead to 76-66.
In a last-minute effort, Kirksey and senior Anton Gross put four points on the board with a minute left in the half, before falling by an eight-point margin, 78-70.
Jones was a force in the paint helping the Terriers to outscore Mount Union 34-24. Jones had a season-high 23 points and 15 rebounds, marking his second double-double of the season.
Kirksey tallied nine points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Sherman Dean III led the bench with eight points and four rebounds.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, December 2, as they take on Oberlin College. The conference matchup is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.