WOOSTER, OHIO – Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a team-high 17 points as the Hiram College men's basketball team lost to No. 16 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Wooster.
With the loss, the Terriers are now 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 12-2 overall and 3-2 NCAC.
Hiram led early in the first half, but Wooster would take the lead at the 13:23 minute mark as part of a 6-0 scoring run making the score 15-12. The Scots never trailed again and later blew the game open with an 18-3 run at the midway point of the period to take a commanding 41-22 advantage with 4:35 left in the half. Wooster went on to lead by as many as 23 points on two occassions, including a halftime score of 52-29.
In the second half, Wooster maintained its sizeable lead throughout and posted its largest lead of the game with 40 seconds left of 28 points, 92-64. Neither team scored any points in the final seconds as the Scots cruised to the 28-point victory.
Wooster shot an impressive 56.2 percent (36-of-64) overall, including 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from three-point range. Josh Claytor led the scoring attack with a game-high 18 points on nine-of-10 shooting (90.0 percent). Justin Hallowell was second with 14 points to go along with a game-tying high eight rebounds. Xavier Brown and Matt Fegan both added 11 points, while Ryan Snyder rounded out the Wooster high scorers with 10 points.
Hiram shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60) from the field and 28.6 percent (six-of-21) from behind the arc. Watkins paced the Terriers with his 17 points on seven-of-17 shooting (41.2 percent). He also grabbed a game-tying high eight rebounds. Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 14 points.
Hiram will continue its three-game road trip when it travels to Gambier for a NCAC game against Kenyon College on Saturday, Jan. 14. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.