By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- Senior J.J. Woodson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Hiram College men's basketball team to a 80-64 victory over Wabash (Ind.) on Sunday afternoon.
The Terriers are now 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in NCAC play, while the Little Giants drop to 6-5, 0-4.
Woodson finished the game 12-of-21 from the field and also grabbed six rebounds. His 29th and 30th point came on a breakaway dunk to put an exclamation point on the win.
Sophomore Paul Ortiz (Canton, Ohio/McKinely Senior) added 15 points and sophomore Trey Sanders (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Beachwood) tied his season-high with 11 points, while dishing out a career-high five assists.
The Terriers found themselves down 20-8 eight minutes into the contest.
But Hiram would counter with the next 12 points, holding Wabash scoreless for nearly six minutes, to tie the game at 20-20.
The Terriers would use a 7-0 run to break a 24-24 tie and build a 31-24 lead with 4:28 left in the first half.
Hiram held a 37-32 lead at the intermission.
The Terriers opened the second half with six straight points to extend their advantage to 11 points at 43-32.
Hiram continued to pull away and a jumper from Sanders ended a quick five point spurt and gave the Terriers a 61-43 edge with just over 11 minutes to play.
A made layup by junior Joe Zoltowski (Erie, Pa./Harbor Creek) gave Hiram its largest lead of the contest t 72-51 with 6:59 remaining.
Wabash would trim the Terrier lead to 72-64, before Hiram answered with six consecutive points to put the game out of reach.
The Little Giants wont the rebounding battle 52-34, but the Terriers forced 20 Wabash turnovers and turned it into 30 points.
Hiram posted another solid shooting effort, going 34-of-70 (48.6 percent) from the field, while the Little Ginats were just 24-of-66 (36.4 percent).
The Terriers will have a quick turnaround and will host DePauw (Ind.) on Monday in a NCAC battle at 2 p.m.