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Men's Basketball drops road NCAC contest to Oberlin

Men's Basketball drops road NCAC contest to Oberlin

By: Andrew Korba

OBERLIN, Ohio -- Four players scored in double figures, but the Hiram College men's basketball team fell at Oberlin 75-67 on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers are now 11-4 on the season and 5-3 in NCAC play, while the Yeomen improve to 8-6, 4-4.

Senior J.J. Woodson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) and sophomore Paul Ortiz (Canton, Ohio/McKinley Senior) each had 14 points to lead Hiram. Woodson also added five steals, tying his career-high.

Off the bench, senior Ray Gaston (Warren, Ohio/John F. Kennedy) had 12 points and sophomore Trey Sanders (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Beachwood) chipped in with 10 points.

Oberlin grabbed control from the opening top, scoring the first seven points of the game and building a 7-0 lead just two and a half minutes into play.

Hiram would answer with an 8-1 run to pull within one point at 9-8.

The Terriers would jump in front 15-14 on a jumper from junior Joe Caspio (Willowick, Ohio/Eastlake North).

But the Yeomen countered with 13 consecutive points to open up a 27-15 lead. Oberlin held the lead for the remainder of the first half and took a 42-28 edge into the intermission.

In the second half, Oberlin continued to expand its lead and scored five of the first seven points to open up their largest lead of the game at 48-30 with 18:24 remaining.

Hiram would chip away at the deficit and pulled to within single digits, 53-45, on an old-fashion 3-point play from senior Austen Rekolt (Salem, Ohio/West Branch) with 12:42 to go.

After a Terrier stop, freshman Ryan Greenwood (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Fairport Harding) would convert a layup and bring the Terriers to within six points.

Oberlin would slowly expand its lead back to double digits and built a 68-56 lead with 4:18 remaining.

Hiram would have another answer and a layup by sophomore Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake, Ohio/Brookside) with 2:30 to play capped a 6-0 Terrier run and trimmed the deficit to 68-62.

But the Terriers would be unable to get any closer and the Yeomen went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes to hold on for the win.

Hiram finished the game 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) from the field and converted just 7-of-29 (24.1 percent) 3-point attempts. Oberlin went 25-of-52 (48.1 percent) in shooting and 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Yeomen held a slim 34-33 rebounding edge. The Terriers saw their bench outscore Oberlin's by a 30-7 margin.

Hiram will return home on Wednesday and begin a three game homestand against Denison at 8 p.m.