WASHINGTON, PA. – Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a game and career-high 29 points as the Hiram College men's basketball team came away with an 85-66 win against Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College today (Sunday, Dec. 18) in a non-conference game in Washington, Pa.
With today's outcome, the Terriers improve to 5-3 overall and the Presidents fall to 4-6 overall for the season.
The game remained close between the two teams for the majority of the first half. But a late 7-0 scoring run by Hiram gave the Terriers a 10-point edge, 33-23, at the 5:38 minute mark that ended with a jumper by Wiegand. The lead didn't last long was Washington & Jefferson responded with an ensuing 7-0 run of its own to erase the deficit and pull to within three points, 33-30, with 3:58 left in the period. Hiram later increased its lead to a more comfortable seven points with just under two minutes to go before haltime and would take a five-point spread into the half with a score of 42-37.
Following a three-pointer by Washington & Jefferson to begin the second half, Hiram rattled off 10 straight points, including a layup by junior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) that gave the Terriers a 52-40 lead with 16:23 left in the game. A series of scoring runs allowed Hiram to pull away and would eventually lead by as many as 24 points, 81-57, thanks to a layup by junior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) at the 4:10 mark. The Terriers stayed in control the remainder of the period and cruised to the 85-66 victory.
Both teams shot well from the field in the game, but it would be the second half that proved to be the difference maker as Hiram shot 50.0 percent (17-of-34) from the floor to Washington & Jefferson's 35.5 percent (11-of-31) shooting. Overall, the Terriers shot 47.8 percent (32-of-67) from the field, including an impressive 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free-throw line. The Presidents converted 43.4 percent (23-of-53) of their attempts for the game.
Individually, Washington & Jefferson was led by Zach Bellhy with 27 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent). R.J. Pilato was the only other player in double figures with 17 points.
Hiram had three players in double digits led by Wiegand's 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting (73.3 percent). Junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) was second with 17 points and senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) added 12 points to go along with eight rebounds. In addition, Wisniewski tallied a game-high nine rebounds.
The Terriers will go for their fourth-straight victory when they host Westminster (Pa.) College on Thursday, Dec. 22 in a non-conference matchup at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.