The Terrier men's basketball team controlled the final 10 minutes of action on Wednesday evening, pulling away from Kenyon College, 91-80, to wrap up the first half of their NCAC season in Price Gymnasium.
Trailing by two (73-71) with 6:52 to play in regulation, the Terriers closed the game on a 20-7 run, holding the Lords to just three made field goals for the remainder of the game.
Hiram took the lead back for good on a three-point play by freshman Tyler McMillion. The layup and ensuing free throw pushed the Terriers ahead 74-73, marking the 11th, and final, lead change of the night.
Following McMillion's basket, five different players scored in a 12-3 run. Sherman Dean III tallied five points in the run, hitting a pair of free throws to kick things off and knocked down a triple to give Hiram a 10-point advantage (86-76). Brodgie Gordon, Jalen Kirksey, Marcel Rice and Antonio McQueen all added to the run which gave the Terriers control.
The balanced scoring that the Terriers have put together throughout the season once again came into play as all five starters registered double figures. Kirksey led the way with 22, while Gordon finished with 15, Rice and Dean each added 13 and McMillion finished with 10.
The game opened with Hiram taking control early. McMillion posted seven of his 10 points in the first seven minutes of action, while also pulling down eight rebounds. Three free throws by the freshman, followed by buckets from McQueen and Christian Crespo, gave the Terriers a 21-13 advantage with 11:46 remaining.
The Lords would fight back in the half, using a 17-4 run of their own to take a five-point lead (30-25), their largest of the game.
A fast-break dunk by Kirksey would give the Terriers back a six-point lead with 1:47 to play in the opening half and the hosts would lead by the same margin at the break (45-39). The lead would continue to change hands in the second half until Hiram was able to pull away late.
Both sides shot efficiently throughout the contest as Hiram dominated the paint (56-30) while the Lords held the advantage from beyond the arc (24-6). The Terriers handled the glass, however, outworking Kenyon 44-32, including 14 offensive boards which led to 15 second-chance points. McMillion spearheaded the charge on the glass, finishing with a double-double.
Hiram, who now sits at 5-4 in conference play, will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Wooster. The matchup is slated for a 1 p.m. start.