Hiram, Ohio – A 14-point, second-half, swing proved the difference on Wednesday evening as the Hiram men's basketball team fell to Denison University 78-60 at Price Gymnasium.
The loss for the Terriers marked just their second at home this season, while the Big Red claimed the season series, earning both games over Hiram.
The first half got off to a slow start for both sides, with Denison holding a 12-11 advantage through the first 10 minutes of action.
Hiram grabbed the one-point lead on a three by Isaiah Matthews (17-16) at the 7:44 mark of the half, before a fast-break bucket by Austin Blatt staked the Terriers to their biggest lead of the game (19-16), while forcing a Denison timeout.
With two minutes remaining in the first half, Jack Coulter would give Denison back the lead with a three-point basket (29-26) and the Big Red would never relinquish the advantage.
The second half lead grew to 10 out of the break, as Denison opened the stanza on an 11-4 run. Hiram would respond in the middle stage of the half, getting points from four-different players, including a three-point play by Paul Ortiz to trim the lead to two with 10:10 to play.
The swing of the game came at the 10 minute mark of the second half. Responding to the Terrier run, the visitors clamped down, outscoring Hiram 22-8 over the next six minutes to gain a stranglehold on the lead.
The Big Red connected on four three-point shots in the run, while also connecting on six free throws to make up 18 of their 22 points. The lead would grow to 18 before the end of the game, before settling on the 78-60 final.
The Denison defense flustered the Terriers throughout the evening, forcing 19 Hiram turnovers. Offensively, The Big Red's Garrett Coiller led the way with a game-high 24 points.
Hiram will look to finish the 2017-18 regular season on a high note as the Terriers travel to Kenyon College to take on the Lords. The matchup is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.