HIRAM, OHIO — Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds to help lead the Hiram College men's basketball team past Notre Dame College, 84-73, today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in the home opener at Price Gymnasium.
Following today's game, the Terriers improve to 2-0 overall and the Falcons fall to 1-2 overall for the season.
Hiram jumped out early beginning the game with a 9-2 scoring run that ended in a dunk by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 15:45 minute mark. Notre Dame came back to even the score at 19-19 and then outscored Hiram, 11-6, to record its largest lead of the period of five points, 30-25, with 6:50 left before halftime. The Terriers stayed within striking distance of the lead and recorded the final five points of the half on a successful bucket by freshman guard Branden Means (Canton) and a three-pointer by Means with two seconds left to give Hiram a 38-37 edge at the break.
The Falcons regained the lead early in the second half, but Hiram again rallied and slowly looked to pull away building its lead to nine points, 55-46, with 13:22 left to go on a basket by Wiegand. But Notre Dame would not go away and rallied to get to within four points on several occassions, including a 69-64 margin with 5:36 to go. Another jumper by Wiegand on the ensuing Hiram possession sparked an 11-4 scoring run that gave the Terriers their first double-digit lead of the game, 80-69, with 1:46 remaining. The Falcons got to within seven points, 80-73, with just over a minute left, but Hiram scored the final four points of the game on free-throws and equaled its largest lead of the game with the final of 84-73.
Notre Dame shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66) from the field and was led by the duo of Marcquice Taylor and Phil Biggs with 15 points each. Troy Baugh was second with 13 points, to go along with eight rebounds, and Brennan Osborn rounded out the Falcon double-figure scorers with 11 points and a team-high 10 boards.
Hiram shot 49.3 percent (33-of-67) for the game and was led by Watkins with a game-high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting (76.9 percent) in addition to pulling down nine boards. Four other Terriers scored in double-figures including sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) who was second with 16 points. Wiegand was third on the team in scoring with his 13 points and game-high 16 rebounds, followed by Means with 12 points. Rounding out the high scorers was junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) with 11 points.
Hiram will go for its third win of the season when the Terriers travel to Bluffton for a non-conference matchup against Bluffton University on Saturday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.