HIRAM, Ohio - January 11, 2020 – Hiram Terriers men's basketball fell to the No. 2-ranked Wittenberg University Tigers, 100-82, on Saturday at Price Gymnasium.
Wittenberg opened the game on a 7-0 run, outscoring the Terriers by eight over the first four minutes of the first half to take a 12-4 lead. Hiram closed the gap to six on back-to-back layups by Brodgie Gordon, and kept things close for much of the first half.
Each time the Tigers made a run, Hiram responded with one of their own, until late in the first half. With Wittenberg holding a 10-point, 41-31 lead, the Tigers closed the half on a 10-2 run to take an 18-point lead into the locker room.
Gordon led the Terriers with 10 points at the half, while Tyler McMillion notched a team-high five rebounds.
Hiram and Wittenberg went back-and-forth to begin the second half, before the Tigers took their largest lead of the game, 62-42, with 16:50 to play. The Terriers twice cut the Tigers' lead down to 15, but with just over 12 minutes remaining, Wittenberg once again led by 20, 76-56.
Landon Martin and Austin Blatt traded three-pointers, but the Terriers would get no closer the rest of the way. Wittenberg held Hiram scoreless over the next two minutes to extend their lead back to 15, before Sherman Cox quelled the run with a jumper, making it an 86-71 Tiger lead.
Hiram once again got the deficit down to 14 on Cox's and-one, but Rashaad Ali-Shakir knocked down a triple and hit two free throws to put the game away with just over two minutes remaining.
Gordon and Cox both hit late triples, but the Terriers fell to the No. 2-ranked Wittenberg Tigers, 100-82.
Hiram equaled the Tigers' second-half output of 49 points, and scored the most points the Tigers have allowed all season, but the 18-point first half deficit just proved to be too much to overcome.
The Terriers drop to 4-9 (1-5 NCAC) with the loss, while Wittenberg remaining undefeated, moving to 13-0 (6-0 NCAC) with the victory.
Gordon led the Terriers with 20 points, while Cox notched a career-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds. Clingain and Beans Jr. also recorded career-highs, scoring 14 and 10 points, apiece.
McMillion led the Terriers on the glass with six rebounds, while Clingain and Cox each added five.
The Terriers are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 15 when they host the Allegheny College Gators at 6 p.m. at Price Gymnasium on Faculty Appreciation Night.