Nov 21, 2018
Nov.21- BLUFFTON, Ohio- Despite an early first-half advantage the Hiram College men's basketball team fell 76-62 against Bluffton, Wednesday night.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead with a three from sophomore Jalen Kirksey.
From there the following minutes were filled with back-to-back runs from Hiram and the Beavers.
The Terriers took control inside the eight-minute mark, taking a 12-3 scoring advantage off back-to-back threes from Sherman Dean III, and a five-point performance from Kirksey.
Hiram maintained their advantage heading into halftime with an eight-point lead (41-33).
Fresh out of the half the Terriers watched their edge fade as the host cut their lead from 10 down to one with 14:42 remaining in the game (46-45).
The tides kept turning as the Beavers held the early second-half momentum off a 10-2 run to stretch their lead to double-digits (56-48).
Hiram and Bluffton would continue to trade baskets through the middle stages of the second frame.
The Terriers could not hold on and the Beavers pulled away, outscoring the Terriers 43-21 in the final half, to end the game 76-62.
Offensively, sophomore Christian Crespo paced the Hiram group with 21 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Dean led the reserves with 18 of the 22 points off the bench adding three rebounds.
Kirksey posted 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Terriers will return home Saturday, November 24 when they host Washington and Jefferson in a nonconference matchup. Tipoff is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.