HIRAM, OHIO – Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a team-high 29 points to lead the Hiram College men's basketball team past Oberlin College, 77-66, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 15) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game and regular-season home finale at Price Gymnasium on senior night.
With the win, the Terriers improve to 14-10 overall and 7-8 in the NCAC. The Yeomen fall to 7-17 overall and 2-13 NCAC.
Hiram trailed early, 3-2, before going on a 7-0 scoring run that was capped by a jumper by Watkins to give the Terriers a 9-3 edge at the 16:00 mark. Hiram never ended up trailing again despite only leading by a point on several occassions, including a 19-18 margin with 5:38 left before halftime. Leading by two points, junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) connected on a three-pointer that sparked an 11-0 Hiram scoring run to end the period and gave the Terriers some breathing room with a 37-24 advantage at halftime.
Hiram led by double-figures for the majority of the second half. Oberlin pulled to within eight points, 57-49, just before the midway point of the period, but the Terriers responded with an ensuing 9-0 run to go up by a more comfortable 18 points, 67-49, on a three-point play by junior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 8:06 to go. The Yeomen wouldn't threaten the rest of the way as Hiram led by as many as 22 points on two occassions, including a score of 76-54 at the 4:44 mark. The Terriers would go on to win by the final score of 77-66.
Oberlin shot 50.0 percent (23-of-46) overall and had one player score in double-digits in Andrew Fox with a game-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting (61.1 percent). He also grabbed a game-tying high seven points.
Hiram was led by Watkins' 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting (75.0 percent). Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) was second with 14 points to go along with a game-tying high seven boards. Sheppard rounded out the high scorers with 12 poitns.
Hiram will conclude the 2011-12 regular season when it travels to Springfield for a NCAC game against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.