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Hiram Men’s Basketball Falls to Adrian in Back-and-Forth, High-Scoring Affair

Hiram Men’s Basketball Falls to Adrian in Back-and-Forth, High-Scoring Affair

ANGOLA, Ind. - December 15, 2019 – Tyler McMillion notched his second double-double of the year, but the Hiram Terriers men's basketball team fell to the Adrian College Bulldogs, 94-87 on Sunday at the MTI Center in their second game of the St. Andrews Products Classic.

Hiram got off to a hot start in the first half, scoring the first six points on back-to-back threes from Sherman Dean III and Tyler McMillion and opening a 12-4 lead three minutes into the first half.

The Terriers led by as many as nine in the first half before the Bulldogs closed the gap over the next 10 minutes, taking a 32-30 lead on Jordan Harris' three-pointer with 6:32 remaining in the first half.

Adrian built a four-point lead of their own, but the Terriers kept things close, and tied the score at 37-37 just a few minutes later on Austin Blatt's three-pointer.

Back-to-back threes from Jalen Kirksey and Harris again knotted the score at 40, before the Terriers closed the half on a 5-2 run to take a 45-42 lead into the halftime break.

Kirksey led the Terriers with 13 at the half, while both teams shot above 45 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs tied the score at 45 just seconds into the second half on Harris' and-one, and a dunk Antonio McQueen just a minute later again tied the score, this time at 47. The game featured nine ties and nine lead changes, seven of which came in the second half.

The two sides stood tied at 49 following Gordon's layup just 30 seconds later, and again at 54-all with 15:09 to play. Neither team was able to build much of a second-half lead, till Harris knocked down another three, putting Adrian up six, 77-71, with 6:04 to play.

But the Terriers had an answer. Following a 30-second timeout, McMillion converted an and-one opportunity to cut the deficit to three, before Gordon's layup with 4:30 to play made it a one-point game.

A pair of Bulldog free throws brought Adrian's lead back out to three, but Gordon and Kirksey knocked down back-to-back threes to give Hiram a three-point lead of their own.

However, five-straight points from Harris, who finished with a game-high 40, gave the Bulldogs a lead they'd never relinquish.

Gordon knocked down another three to pull within one with 1:16 left, but a layup, tip-in and two made free throws finished it off for the Bulldogs, as Adrian picked up the 94-87 victory.

With the loss, the Terriers fall to 4-6, while the Bulldogs move 5-5 with the win.

Gordon led the Terriers with 21 points, while Kirksey, McMillion and Dean III joined the sophomore scoring in double-figures with 19, 15 and 15 points apiece.

McMillion also recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 rebounds, while McQueen fell three points shy of his second-straight double-double with seven points and 13 boards.

Hiram shot 44.1 percent from the floor and 39.4 percent from three, converting 13 triples, but the Bulldogs tallied eight more points at the charity stripe, shooting 22-for-28.

The Terriers will be back in action when the calendar flips to 2020 when they host DePauw University on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at Price Gymnasium.