HIRAM, Ohio - January 4, 2020 – Though they outscored the Tigers, 37-35, in the second half, Hiram men's basketball fell to the DePauw University Tigers, 75-69 on Saturday at Price Gymnasium.
With six lead changes in the first half, the Terriers and Tigers went traded buckets following Josh Hall's three-pointer to open the scoring with 19:02 to play. Antonio McQueen's layup with 18:32 to play in the first half got the Terriers on the board, and Sherman Dean III's three just 22 seconds later gave Hiram their first lead.
Neither team was able to build much of a lead until the Tigers went on a run near the end of the first half. With the score tied at 21, DePauw scored five-straight to take a 26-21 lead and used a 11-2 run over a little more than four minutes to take a 32-23 lead with 3:01 left in the half.
DePauw took their first double-digit lead on Nick Felke's free throw with 2:36 remaining in the half, but the Terriers cut the deficit down to eight on Jalen Kirksey's jumpshot before heading into the half down 40-32.
Kirksey led the Terriers with 11 first-half points, while Hiram shot 50 percent from the floor.
Hiram slowly closed the gap in the second half, cutting DePauw's lead to six on Brodgie Gordon's triple just over three minutes into the half.
The Tigers then extended their lead back to seven before a 7-0 run knotted the game at 49. Four points from Tyler McMillion keyed the Terriers' run, as the sophomore led Hiram with eight second-half points.
From there, the game featured five second-half ties. Hiram built a five-point lead, their largest of the game with 13:18 to play on Dean III's and-one, but after a long scoreless stretch, DePauw knotted things up once again and 59-59 with 6:30 remaining.
Neither team would score for almost four minutes, until back-to-back three-pointers and back-to-back jumpers from Felke and Austin Blatt again tied things up at 64.
Caymn Lutz and McQueen then traded buckets, tying the score at 66 with 1:21 to play, but a costly foul and technical gave the Tigers four free throws, and a 70-66 lead.
Down the stretch, the Terriers couldn't convert, offensively, and DePauw made their free throws to pull out a 75-69 win, as Nassiem Salem hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 4-7 (1-3 NCAC) on the year, while the Tigers move to 5-6 (2-2 NCAC).
Kirksey led the Terriers with 13 points, while McMillion and McQueen each added 12. Dean III also reached double-figures with 10, while McQueen led the Terriers with seven rebounds.
Hiram shot 50 percent from the field, but just 30 percent from three and 55.6 percent from three. The game featured six ties and eight lead changes.
The Terriers will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 5 when they host Wabash College at 2:00 p.m. at Price Gymnasium.