Hiram College men's basketball junior, Sherman Dean III, lit up the evening, posting a career-high effort as the Terriers charged past DePauw University, 82-64, on Friday.
Dean gave the Tiger defense fits throughout the game, scoring a career-best 32 points, including 18 in the first half. The sharpshooter knocked down six triples throughout the game and finished 6-of-8 from downtown and 12-19 from the field.
Dean's feat marked the first time since Nov. 22, 2016, that a Terrier had erupted for 30 (Kelvin Jones posted 31 in a loss to La Roche on Nov. 22). Additionally, it was the highest point total by a Hiram player since Aaron Stefanov canned 40 against DePauw on January, 5, 2014.
The Terriers trailed just once over the entirety of the game, running out to an 18-6 lead through the first eight minutes of action.
Five different players tallied a bucket in the opening run, which was kicked off by a free throw from Marcel Rice. Jalen Kirksey added a dunk which was followed by a layup from Brodgie Gordon and a jumper from Rice.
Following five-straight points by Antonio McQueen, Dean posted his first bucket of the evening, and then added a layup to push the Hiram advantage to 12.
Over the final 13 minutes of the opening half, Dean put in 18 of Hiram's 27 points, including four three-point baskets. His final dial from long distance came with a defender right in his face as he beat the buzzer to put the Terriers up 41-24 at the break.
Along with Dean, the Hiram defense sizzled in the first half, holding DePauw to just 24 points on 9-of-29 shooting from the field.
In the second half of play, DePauw opened the frame by cutting the Terrier lead to 12. That run was immediately snuffed out as Hiram responded with another basket from McQueen and five more points by Dean, including a two-handed jam.
With the lead once again at 12 (52-40), Dean would once again bring the house down with a one-handed jam that led to a three-point play. He then followed that with a transition three and his personal 6-0 run ballooned the Hiram advantage back to 18 (58-20).
The lead would grow to as many as 24 (77-53) on a layup by Alec Marcinowski with 4:58 remaining in the game.
Dean would break the 30-point plateau in the final minutes, getting a fast-break opportunity off an assist from Gordon. Dean was fouled making the layup and converted the free throw for a career best 32.
The 32-point performance was Dean's 19th double-digit game of his career. A majority of them have come during his junior campaign and he now leads Hiram in scoring at 13.7 points per night.
Along with Dean's career night, McQueen played efficiently, notching another double-double with 12 points and 11 boards off the bench. Christian Crespo also added 12 points and six boards in a reserve role, while Gordon finished with nine, and Rice, seven.
Hiram will next take on Wabash in the second game of their weekend back-to-back at Price Gymnasium. The matchup with the Little Giants is scheduled for 2 p.m.