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Men's Basketball battles Division I opponent Akron to open 2015-16 season

Men's Basketball battles Division I opponent Akron to open 2015-16 season

By: Andrew Korba

AKRON, Ohio -- The Hiram College men's basketball team opened the 2015-16 season by dropping a 100-30 contest to Division I foe Akron on Monday evening.

The Terriers are now 0-1 on the season, while the Zips remain perfect at 2-0.

Junior Kyle Deckerd (Canton, Ohio/Louisville) paced the Terriers with a team-high 11 points, knocking down three 3-pointers in the process. He also added three rebounds and an assist.

Junior Jeremiah Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio/John Hay) added five points and four rebounds and sophomore Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake, Ohio/Brookside) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Aaron Jackson led five Zips in double figure scoring with a game-high 16 points, on 6-of-7 shooting.

"At the end of the day, we just didn't shoot the ball well," said head coach Chris Kibler. "Akron is a tremendous team with size and strength across the board. They had a lot to do with our struggles shooting tonight."

Akron scored the first five points of the game, before a layup by senior J.J. Woodson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) got Hiram on the board at the 16:42 mark of the first half.

The Zips would respond with a 3-pointer, but Thomas converted a layup to pull the Terriers to within 8-4 with 15:47 left in the first half.

From there, Akron reeled off 20 consecutive points to take control of the game.

"Our goal was to go in and get 90 possessions," added Kibler. "We were able to achieve that and dictate the pace of play against a good team. We can build off of this game as we head deeper into our season."

Both team commited 16 turnovers in the contest.

Akron held a slim 17-13 edge in offensive rebounds, but Hiram held a 9-8 advantage edge in steals.

Hiram will return to action on Friday as they take on Thiel (Pa.) at the Westminster (Pa.) Classic at 6 p.m.