Posted: Jan 05, 2019
Jan.5- SPRINGFIELD, OH – Despite a strong first-half the Hiram College men's basketball team was outlasted by Wittenberg University in overtime, 84-75, on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers came into the game 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference and ranked #11 in the Nation by D3hoops.com.
The Terriers took an early 2-0 lead off a layup from freshman Tyler McMillion.
The early stages of the first half were played closely.
Inside the last five minutes of the first, the Terriers grabbed their largest lead, of the opening half, stretching their advantage to seven points at 4:15 (30-23), and at 2:55 (32-25).
With 1:27 remaining in the frame the host cut Hiram's lead tying the game (32-32).
From there the Terriers used a 5-1 swing inside the remaining minutes to reclaim the first half lead (37-33). McMillion contributed both baskets to the swing, leading Hiram's first-half scoring with 11 points.
Fresh out the break, freshman Brodgie Gordon knocked down a three, sparking a 10-8 run to help Hiram tally their largest lead of the game (50-41). Senior Marcel Rice and junior Sherman Dean III also added baskets to the run, which pushed Hiram to a nine-point advantage with 16:12 remaining in the half.
The second frame was also played close, mirroring the first with both sides trading the lead three times and tying the score four times.
Inside the final minute of the second half, the Tiger's James Johnson made a three and knot the game at 68-68 to push the game into overtime.
For the first time this season the Terriers went into an extra frame where Rice knotted the score from the free throw line at 70-70 before the Wittenberg went on a 14-5 run to secure the victory (84-75).
Rice led the Hiram group in scoring with 23 points and five rebounds. The lone senior finished 8-of-11 from the field while also grabbing five rebounds.
McMillion secured his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore Jalen Kirksey added 10 points and four assists.
Defensively, Hiram forced 25 turnovers. The Terriers held a 25-15 advantage in turnovers, while also totaling 10 steals and six blocked shots.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, January 9, as they travel to Allegheny (Pa.). The matchup is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip.