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Men's Basketball Beats Hendrix (Ark.) For Fifth Straight Win

LAS VEGAS, NEV.  --  The Hiram College men's basketball team captured its fifth straight victory with a 62-54 win against non-conference opponent Hendrix (Ark.) College as part of the Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

Both teams struggled in the early minutes of the first half as the first point wasn't scored until the 18:14 minute mark.  Hiram (6-4 overall) held Hendrix (4-7 overall) to just 25.0 percent shooting (nine-of-36) in the first period and had a 14-4 advantage with 13:18 left in the half following a three-pointer by senior guard Tom Herchek (Randolph/Waterloo).  The Warriors then went on a 9-0 scoring run to pull to within a point, 14-13, with 9:57 to go.  The Terriers never surrendered the lead despite Hendrix battling back to tie the game on two occassions, including a 24-24 deadlock just before the end of the half with 1:46 to play.  Hiram regained the lead on its ensuing possession thanks to a jumper by freshman forward Riley Moore (Grafton/Midview).  The Moore basket would be the final points scored by either team the rest of the way as the Terriers took a slim 26-24 margin into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Hendrix battled its way to taking its first lead of the game with 15:15 left to go and a score of 36-34.  The two teams traded leads over the course of the next 3:45, but the Warriors would have a three-point edge, 44-41, at the 11:46 mark.  The Terriers then made their move going on a 13-1 run capped by a jumper by senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) giving Hiram a 54-45 lead.  Hiram never trailed in the game again and led by as many as eight points, including the final score of 62-54.

Hendrix shot 30.8 percent (20-of-66) from the field and was led in scoring by the duo of Jaren Riley and Drew Nikolovski with 15 points each.  Colton Primm rounded out the high scorers with 12 points in addition to grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.

Hiram shot 40.4 percent (21-of-52) overall and was led by junior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with a game-high 19 points on six-of-15 shooting (40.0 percent) to go along with a team-best eight boards.  Sheppard was second with 18 points and junior forward Justin Lonis (Mentor/Perrysburg) added 10 points. 

Hiram will conclude its trek out west with a non-conference matchup against Ramapo (N.J.) College tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 29) in Las Vegas, Nev.  The game is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. eastern standard time.