The Hiram College men's basketball team captured their second victory of the season, upending Washington & Jefferson College, 81-77, on Saturday afternoon at Price Gymnasium.
Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season, the Terriers once again outscored their opponent from beyond the three-point arc, shooting 45% from distance on the day.
Terrier junior Sherman Dean III had a career day to lead the way for Hiram, scoring a personal-best 24 points in 29 minutes of game action. The game marked the second-consecutive outing in which Dean has posted a career high, after posting 18 against Bluffton on Wednesday.
Dean has now scored at least 15 points in each of the first four games and leads the team with 18 points per night in a reserve role. He has been lighting up opposing defenses, shooting .552 from beyond the three-point arc, knocking down an average of four per game.
Joining Dean in a career performance was freshman Tyler McMillion. The first-year post player notched his first double-double of the season, collecting 16 points and adding 12 rebounds. Combined with Dean, the duo helped the Hiram bench post a season-best 52 points, outscoring the Presidents' reserves by 16 points.
Other key reserve players for the Terriers on the afternoon included Brodgie Gordon and Texan Moulton. Gordon played 30 minutes off the bench, totaling seven points and a team-high five assists. Moulton, meanwhile, added five points and finished second on the team with seven rebounds.
Hiram took their first lead of the game on a basket by McMillion (12-11) at the 14:08 mark of the first half. The Terrier bench gave the home team the spark early, as McMillion and Dean tallied 10 of the team's first 17 points.
Finding themselves trailing 30-29 in the late stages of the half, Hiram used a 9-2 run to end the first stanza. Dean knocked down a triple to help Hiram retake the lead, before Gordon added a layup. Christian Crespo and Dean then knocked down four free throws and Hiram led by six at the break (38-32).
Hiram stayed with the advantage for the entirety of the second half, despite Washington & Jefferson repeatedly cutting into the lead.
With 17:23 to play, the Terriers took their largest advantage of the game (43-34) on a three-point bucket by Dean.
Four times during the half, the Presidents would cut the Hiram lead to just one basket, but the Terriers found their response each time. The hosts shot .455 in the second half (15-33), and knocked down nine of their 13 free throws to help ice the win.
Overall, the Terriers shot .453 from the field throughout the afternoon, knocking down 45% of their three-point attempts.
Hiram shared the ball well in the game, totaling 17 assists on 29 made field goals. Meanwhile, the Terriers made the Presidents work for each basket, allowing just eight assists while forcing 17 turnovers.
The Terriers will open North Coast Athletic Conference action on Saturday, December 1, as they take on the College of Wooster in Price Gymnasium. The matchup is part of doubleheader action with the women's team, which begins at 1 p.m.