The Hiram College men's basketball team saw five score in double figures as the Terriers ran out to a big lead and held on, earning their fourth conference win of the season, 84-76, at Allegheny on Wednesday.
The Terriers led by as many as 23 in the second half before a late game push by the Gators cut into the Hiram advantage. Making his Hiram debut, Antonio McQueen led the way, scoring 20 points and adding seven boards on 8-of-11 shooting. Four other players finished in double figures, including Brodgie Gordon (14), Christian Crespo (14), Marcel Rice (12) and Sherman Dean III (11).
Hiram scorched the net from long distance in the opening half, hitting nine triples in the frame and outscoring the Gators by 18 from beyond the arc.
Rice opened the game's scoring with the first three of the contest. After an Allegheny basket, Gordon knocked down his first three of the frame. Making his first start of the season, Gordon canned 4-of-6 from deep in the game's first 20 minutes.
Leading 6-5, the Terriers put together a 6-0 run, getting four points from McQueen. Allegheny would then make a small run of their own. Trailing 15-8, the Gators forced Hiram's first timeout of the half with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 15-15 with just over 10 minutes to play.
Out of the timeout, junior Sherman Dean III knocked down back-to-back triples against Allegheny's 2-3 zone, giving the Terriers a six-point cushion (21-15). The visitors would respond, however, with another 7-0 run, taking their first lead of the game, 22-21.
Hiram re-captured the lead on a layup by Sherman Cox and proceeded to outscore Allegheny 23-10 over the remaining minutes of the half to take a 12-point advantage into the break. The Terriers knocked down four more triples in the run, including on from Christian Crespo and three more by Gordon. Crespo then capped off the half, getting fouled on a three-point attempt with three seconds left on the clock. He knocked down all three attempts and Hiram led 44-32 at the break.
The Gators knocked down the first shot of the second stanza, cutting the Terrier lead to nine (44-35). From there, however, Hiram put together another run. The Terriers strung together a 14-3 swing, which was capped by a two-handed jam from McQueen before a transition, three-point bucket by Crespo. Hiram's 11th three of the game gave the Terriers a 20-point advantage (58-38), forcing a Gator timeout with 15:49 to play.
Hiram would push its lead to as many as 23 with 13:31 remaining in regulation and would coast to their fourth NCAC win of the year. The victory not only put the Terriers over .500 in conference play, but pushed their overall record back to 7-7 on the season.
Hiram helped control the game by cleaning the glass throughout the contest. The Terriers held a 54-48 advantage on the boards, totaling 15 offensive rebounds. Tyler McMillion paced the effort with 10 boards.
Along with the five in double figures, Jalen Kirksey added seven points to go along with a team-best six assists.
Hiram will get back to work on Saturday, January 12, as they place host to Oberlin College. The matchup with the Yeomen is scheduled to follow the women's game which tips at 1 p.m.