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Men's Basketball Falls to Wooster in Conference Opener

Men's Basketball Falls to Wooster in Conference Opener

The Terrier men's basketball team opened their North Coast Athletic Conference schedule, taking on #16 The College of Wooster on Saturday afternoon in Price Gymnasium.

The Scots came into the game as one of two NCAC teams ranked in the top-25 and remained undefeated (6-0, 2-0 NCAC) after taking the game 79-55. Hiram meanwhile fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.

The Terriers, who out outscored their last four opponents from beyond the three-point arc, found themselves on the short end against the Scots as Hiram shot just 4-of-26 from distance. Overall, Hiram shot .356 compared to the Scots' .492.

In addition to the field-goal differential, rebounding played a key factor in the game as Wooster controlled the glass, 43-30, and collected 14 offensive rebounds. The rebound advantage led the Scots to a 21-5 differential in second-chance points.

Hiram found themselves knotted with the Scots at 12-12 in the early stages of the first half as Sherman Dean III knocked down one of his two triples on the evening. That would be the lone tie of the game as Wooster broke out on a 27-10 run over the remainder of the half to take a 17-point advantage at the break (39-22).

Offensively, Hiram was led by Jalen Kirksey, who posted a team-high 12 points, including three dunks. He also added three of Hiram's seven steals on the game.

Other offensive leaders included eight for Dean and seven, each, from Marcel Rice and Tyler McMillion, who made his first-career start.

Wooster was led by 20 points from forward Dontae Williams, while Reece Dupler added 14 on the night.

The Terriers will get back to work on Wednesday, December fifth, as they travel to Granville, Ohio to take on Denison University. The game is slated to follow the women's matchup, which begins at six p.m.