DELAWARE, OHIO – The Hiram College men's basketball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan, 75-62, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 18) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware.
Following the loss, the Terriers are now 10-6 overall and 3-4 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops improve to 13-3 overall and 5-2 NCAC.
OWU led for the majority of the early minutes of the first half, leading by as many as six points on two occassions, including a 13-7 advantage with 15:22 left in the period. Near the midway point of the half, Hiram took the lead with a pair of three-pointers by sophomore guard Matt Roman (North Olmsted) making the score 22-19 at the 10:14 mark. The Terriers went to lead by as many as four points, but a OWU 10-0 scoring run gave control back to Bishops, 34-28, with 6:01 left before the intermission. OWU never trailed in the half again and would lead by eight points, 42-34, at halftime.
In the second half, the Bishop lead reached the double-figure mark for the first time with 15:20 left to go by a score of 50-38. Hiram would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) at the 13:18 mark as the Bishops began to pull away. OWU recorded its largest lead of the game of 17 points, 67-50, with 4:35 remaining en route to the 75-62 final.
OWU shot 50.0 percent (31-of-62) from the floor and was led by Tim Brady with a game-high 21 points on eight-of-14 shooting (57.1 percent). Greg White was the only other Bishop player in double-figures with 10 points.
Hiram shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) for the game and had three players score in double-digits. Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) led the way with 18 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent). He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) was second in scoring with 14 points and junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) added 10 points.
Hiram will return home to host No. 21 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University in a NCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.