Five different Terriers posted double-digit scoring efforts as the Hiram College men's basketball team grabbed a 77-73 win over Cazenovia College in the consolation game of the BSG Tip-off Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The opening half was played tight throughout as the first 20 minutes of the afternoon saw five ties and six lead changes.
The Wildcats put together the first run of the afternoon, taking a 28-19 advantage with 7:31 remaining in the half.
Hiram would respond in kind, putting together a 13-0 swing to retake the lead. The double-digit swing for Hiram took just three minutes.
Marcel Rice connected on free throws to open the run, which was followed by a three-point play by Oliver Clingain. Reserve guard Michael Hurst then connected on back-to-back triples to push the Terrier advantage to four (32-28).
The Terriers would push their first-half advantage to as many as seven (41-34), before Cazenovia cut the lead to four at the break.
The first ten minutes of the second half put the Terriers behind the eight ball once again, as Hiram managed just eight points in the first part of the frame and found themselves down 11 (58-47).
Hiram once again showed their ability to battle back, outscoring the Wildcats 19-8 over the next five minutes to knot the score at 66-66.
After Christian Creeps cut the lead to single digits, Sherman Dean III got his three-point stroke going once again. He knocked down two of his four second-half triples to shrink the advantage to five.
Following a pair of buckets by Cazenovia, Brodgie Gordon came through with five-straight points to pull the Terriers within four. Jalen Kirksey and Austin Blatt would string together back-to-back buckets to tie the game with 5:27 to play.
The lead would change hands just once more, as Dean canned a clutch triple with 3:29 to play, giving Hiram a 73-71 lead.
Rice collected the final four points for the Terriers on the evening, as Hiram held Cazenovia without a basket from the field over the final three and a half minutes to take the four-point win.
Rice posted his first double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dean collected 15 points off the bench for the second-consecutive game.
Dean was an integral part for the Hiram offense in the second half of the games this weekend, as he totaled 27 of his 30 points in the closing stanzas of the last two games. Tonight, he posted 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Other double-digit scorers for Hiram included 10 each from Kirksey, Creeps and Gordon. The double-digit effort marked the first of Gordon's career.
For the second-straight game, Hiram outdid their opponent beyond the arc. The Terriers knocked down 11 from deep, while Cazenovia was held to 5-of-27 from distance.
Hiram controlled the glass throughout the evening, holding a +13 advantage on the boards and outworking the Wildcats, 18-8 on the offensive glass.
The Terriers will next be in action as they open the season with their third-straight road game on Nov. 21 as they travel to Bluffton. The matchup with the Beavers is scheduled for 7 p.m.