Comeback Bid Falls Short at Wabash

Comeback Bid Falls Short at Wabash

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Despite cutting a 16-point, second-half deficit to just one in the late stages of the second half, the Hiram College men's basketball team dropped a 78-74 decision to Wabash College on Friday evening.

Hiram held their only lead of the night in the first minute, as a three pointer by senior Paul Ortiz gave the Terriers a 3-2 advantage.

Wabash would respond with a quick, 8-0 run, which included a pair of three pointers from freshman Jack Davidson, to push the hosts advantage to 10-3 at the 15:38 mark. Davidson finished the first half with 12 and was one of three Little Giants in double figures in the half.

Hiram spent the remainder of the first half playing catch up, going down by as many as 12 on back-to-back triples by Wabash's Connor Rotterman. The Terriers trimmed the advantage by the halftime break, but still trailed 38-31 after 20 minutes.

Wabash shot .538 in the opening half, while Hiram managed 11-of-36 shooting from the field, but still trailed by just seven at the break.

Terrence Warren led the scoring for the Terriers in the first half, posting eight points, while Ortiz added six on a pair of triples. Seeing his first action in two weeks, Kelvin Jones opened with four points and three rebounds.

Jalen Kirksey tallied the first bucket of the second half, canning a triple to cut the Wabash lead to four (38-34) with 19 minutes to play in regulation.

The swing of the game came with Hiram down just three (43-40) as Wabash put together a 13-0 run over a five-minute span to expand their lead to 56-40 with nine to play.

Still down double digits with 5:03 remaining, the Terriers attempted the comeback. A quick 5-0 run, including three points by Austin Blatt, cut the Wabash lead to six.

After a three pointer by Rotterman, Jones and Brevin Dye tallied back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to five (72-67) with 2:00 to play. The led would shrink to three on a layup by Jones, and, following a defensive stand, Sherman Dean III would get the Terriers back to within one (75-74) with 13 seconds to play.

Trailing by two with one final possession, Hiram attempt at tying the game came up short and ensuing free throws by Davidson put the game on ice, 78-74.

Wabash was led throughout the game by the guards as Rotterman and Davidson combined for 57 of the team's 78 points. Davidson tallied 30, including sinking 13-of-14 at the charity stripe.

Hiram, meanwhile, saw a balanced scoring attack as five players tallied double digits. Dye led the team with 16 off the bench, while Jones finished with 15 points and eight boards. Kirksey and Ortiz added 11, while Warren posted 10.

The Terriers will complete their annual Indiana road trip tomorrow afternoon as they take on DePauw. The matchup with the Tigers is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

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