WITTENBERG 80, HIRAM 79
The Hiram College men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, before putting on a furious rally that came up just short in an 80-79 loss to No.9-ranked Wittenberg University in North Coast Athletic Conference action Saturday in Springfield.
Wittenberg (12-1, 6-0 NCAC) led for the majority of the first half, with the only lead for Hiram (3-10, 1-5 NCAC) coming at the 14:39 mark following 1-of-2 free throws by senior Matt Roman. The Tigers then went on an 8-0 scoring run to regain the lead, 17-10, with 12:16 to go in the half.
Wittenberg led by as many as 13 points and had a 38-27 advantage at the intermission.
Wittenberg led by double-digits for the majority of the second half, including an 18-point margin, 57-39, with 13:01 remaining in the game.
Hiram slowly began to chip away and outscored Wittenberg 11-4 to cut the deficit to 59-50 following a 3-pointer by freshman guard Kyle Deckerd at the 8:54 mark.
But the Tigers answered with five straight points to extend the margin back to double figures, 64-50, with 8:06 to go. Hiram again rallied, this time outscoring the Tigers 20-7 to cut the deficit to 71-70 following a layup by sophomore forward Riley Moore with 2:30 left to play.
Wittenberg added a free throw on its ensuing possession, before the Terriers finally took the lead on a triple by Roman to put Hiram up 73-72 with just under two minutes remaining.
Hiram also led by one point, 75-74, at the 1:04 mark, but Wittenberg answered by outscoring Hiram 6-1 to go up by four points, 80-76, with seven seconds left.
Deckerd connected on a 3 for Hiram with just over a second to go to make it a one-point game again, 80-79. The Terriers fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass, sending the Tigers to the free-throw line with just under a second left.
Wittenberg missed on both attempts, and the final full-court heave by Hiram fell short as the Tigers hung on for the 80-79 victory.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Scott Masin with 18 points.
The Terriers were led by senior All-NCAC guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow) with 18 points, including 11-of-12 at the charity stripe. Deckerd was second with 11 points, and the trio of Roman, Moore and senior forward Chris Zurowski all finished with 10 points.
OBERLIN 60, HIRAM 59
Hiram senior guard Danielle Day recorded her second straight double-double, but the Terriers women’s basketball team fell to Oberlin College 60-59 on a buzzer-beater in a North Coast Athletic Conference game Saturday in Oberlin.
The two teams exchanged leads six times in the first half and were tied five times. Hiram (4-11, 0-6 NCAC) led by as many as five points on several occasions, with the last coming at the 5:12 mark on a jumper by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich.
Oberlin (8-5, 3-1 NCAC) battled back to even the game at 33-33 just before the end of the half, but a 3-pointer by Hiram junior guard Kelsey Koskinen gave the Terriers the lead at the break, 36-33.
Oberlin closed to within a point, 42-41, with 12:55 left in the game, but Hiram responded with a 10-2 run that ended with a layup by Day to extend the margin to 52-43 with 6:51 to go.
Oberlin then made its rally, outscoring the Terriers 11-2 to deadlock the game at 54-54 with just over three minutes remaining. Hiram regained the lead on 1-of-2 free throws by Day to put the Terriers up 59-58 with 19 seconds to go.
Oberlin then held the ball for the final shot, and Malisa Hoak connected on a jumper with less than a second remaining to give Oberlin the 60-59 victory.
Oberlin was led by Christina Marquette with a game-high 25 points. She also had 10 rebounds for the double-double.
The Terriers had three players score in double-digits, led by Day’s 15 points to go with 11 rebounds. Goodrich had14 points, all coming in the first half, while Koskinen scored 11 points.
— R-C staff report