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Men's Basketball Falls to WIttenberg in Regular Season Finale

Men's Basketball Falls to WIttenberg in Regular Season Finale

The Terrier men's basketball team dropped their final game of the 2018-19 regular season, falling 92-71 to Wittenberg University on Saturday afternoon.

The loss rounds out the Terriers' record at 12-13 overall, and 9-9 in NCAC play, while the Tigers improved to 20-5 (14-4 NCAC), having won nine of their last ten games.

Hiram led briefly in the matchup as a jumper by senior Marcel Rice gave the Terriers a 5-4 edge in the early stages.

The Tigers would surge forward with seven minutes gone in the frame as back-to-back threes by Mitchell Balser gave Wittenberg a 10-point advantage (23-13).

By half's end, the Tigers held a 21-point advantage (53-32) thanks in large part to the effort of Balser who knocked down four threes and finished the half with 16 points. As a team, the Tigers shot 56% from the field through the opening 20 minutes.

In the second half, the two sides traded baskets throughout the 20-minute period with each team putting up 39 points in the frame. Hiram would cut the Tiger lead to 14 points (77-63) with six minutes remaining, but that would be as close as the Terriers would come throughout the remainder of regulation.

McMillion led the Terrier charge on the offensive side of the ball, finishing with a team-high 16 points off the bench. He shot 5-for-7 in the game, knocking down four triples, and finished the night with three assists and a team-high three steals.

Other offensive leaders for the Terriers included 12 from Marcel Rice and 11 by guard Brodgie Gordon. For Rice, his final regular season with the Terriers ends as his best in a Hiram uniform. The lone Terrier senior finished the year averaging a career-best 11.7 points per game, while shooting over 50% from the field.

Finishing at 9-9 in conference play, the Terriers earned the sixth seed in the upcoming North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Hiram will travel to either Wabash or Wittenberg (based on tournament seeding) on Tuesday evening.

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