By: Andrew Korba
MEADVILLE, PA. -- Freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake/Brookside) scored a career-high 19 points, but the Hiram College men's basketball team fell at Allegheny (Pa.) 69-59 on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers fall to 9-9 on the season and 3-8 in the NCAC, while the Gators up their record to 9-9, 6-5.
Jones bettered his previous career-best of 14 points set at Geneva (Pa.) on November 25. He finished the game 9-of-12 from the field and also pulled down nine rebounds.
Allegheny opened up an early three-point lead, before Hiram responded with the next eight points to jump in front 13-8.
The Gators would come right back with a 11-0 run of their own to take a 19-13 advantage with 7:27 left in the first half.
A 3-pointer from freshman Sterling Sanders (Shaker/Beachwood) capped an 8-0 run for the Terriers and gave them a 25-23 edge late in the first half.
Hiram took a 30-28 lead into the break.
A layup by Woodson with 10:36 remaining in the game expanded Hiram's lead to 47-41.
But Allegheny would use runs of 10-1 and 9-2 over the final 10 minutes to pull away for the win.
The Terriers finished the game 23-of-56 (41.1 percent) from the field, while the Gators were 28-of-58 (48.3 percent).
Hiram won the rebounding battle 37-36, but was outscored in the paint 42-26.
The Terriers will play again on Saturday, when they welcome Ohio Wesleyan to Price Gym at 1 p.m.