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Thomas, Caspio post career days in Men's Basketball 123-95 loss to No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan

Thomas, Caspio post career days in Men's Basketball 123-95 loss to No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan

By: Andrew Korba

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Junior Jeremiah Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio/John Hay) and junior Joe Caspio (Willowick, Ohio/Eastlake North) each recorded new career-highs in scoring, but the Hiram College men's basketball team fell to No. 7-ranked Ohio Wesleyan 123-95 on Saturday.

The Terriers fall to 13-6 on the season and 7-5 in NCAC play, while the Battling Bishops improve to 17-2, 10-2.

Thomas finished with a team-high 19 points, bettering his career-high of 16 set last weekend against Kenyon. He also had seven rebounds.

Caspio scored 16 points, topping his career-best of 11, set against Allegheny (Pa.) earlier this week.

Senior J.J. Woodson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) and sophomore Isaiah Matthews (Orlando, Fla./Eastridge) each added 10 points for Hiram.

Ohio Wesleyan took control of the game right out of the gate, scoring the first 11 points to jump out to an early lead.

The Terriers would counter with the next seven points, to trim the deficit to 11-7. 

But OWU would counter with a 17-2 run to build a 28-9 lead with 12:29 left in the first half.

Hiram would pull to within 14 points, 34-20, on two Woodson free throws with 9:55 left in the opening half.

But the Battling Bishops would blow the game open with an 11-1 run to take a 45-21 advantage. OWU took a 61-39 edge into the break.

Ohio Wesleyan would stay in control in the second half, not letting Hiram within 20 points for the remainder of the game.

The Terriers shot 34-of-79 (43.0 percent) from the field and 6-of-31 (19.4 percent) in 3-pointers. The Battling Bishops were 42-of-78 (53.8 percent) in shooting and 19-of-40 (47.5 percent) from beyond the arc.

Hiram held a 48-45 edge in rebounding.

Ben Simpson and Seth Clark each had 18 points for OWU.

The Terriers will continue their three-game road trip on Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Wabash (Ind.).