By: Abbey Lipcsik
GRANVILLE, Ohio – Despite another double-double performance by Kelvin Jones, the Hiram College men's basketball team fell short against the Denison Big Red by a final score of 80-66 on Wednesday night.
Jones finished the game tying Jeremiah Thomas for the team-high in points (14) in addition to recording 12 rebounds. The game marked the thirteenth time this season that the junior notched a double-double.
Denison's Andrew Castagnetti led the way for the Big Red. The forward tallied 23 points over the course of the game, with 17 of them coming in the first half. He also shot 6-8 from beyond the arc.
Hiram held the momentum in the start of the first half, taking their largest lead of the game (8) at the 13:01 mark (17-9). Thomas fueled the drive with seven points, while Terrence Warren followed with five.
The Big Red came back to eventually take a 24-22 lead with 7:48 remaining in the half. Denison would then own the floor, thanks to Castagnetti. He scored 12 of Denison's final 20 points of the half, with all of them resulting from three-point shots.
Although Hiram continued to put in a consistent effort on offense, Denison held a 10-point lead going into halftime (44-34).
Denison continued their strong offensive play in the second half, notching their largest lead (19) at the 6:29 mark (69-50). Thomas, Dye, Jones, Joe Zoltowski and Ryan Greenwood made shots to chip away at the Big Red lead, but Hiram fell short and Denison secured the victory.
Since being used in the starting lineup back in January, Thomas has been a key offensive threat for the Terriers. The senior has averaged 13 points per game and finished with double-digit scoring performances in six of the last seven matchups. He also tacked on at least one three pointer in six of the past seven games.
The Terriers will return home for their final game of the regular season on Saturday, February 18 when they face Kenyon on senior day. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.