Posted: Nov 21, 2017
Nov.21- LA ROCHE, Pa.- The Hiram College men's basketball team fizzled in the race to cut an early double-digit deficit, ultimately dropping a 101-83 decision to La Roche College, Tuesday night.
The Terriers lone lead in the first half came on the game-opening layup from sophomore Brevin Dye, which put the Terriers ahead 2-0. After La Roche rattled off an 8-2 run, freshman Jalen Kirksey picked up his first points of the night with a layup to cut the score to 8-4.
With just 10 minutes left in the opening stanza, senior Isaiah Matthews started chiseling at a 19 point deficit, knocking down a three to bring the score to 27-11.
In the last eight minutes of the half, Sherman Dean III made a three-point shot and then returned seconds later with a layup. The back-to-back points, plus Dean's contribution at the free throw line, helped make him the leading scorer off the bench with nine points and a steal.
The senior duo of Kelvin Jones and Paul Ortiz made sure to sink the important shots at the charity stripe, closing out the half 4-4 from the free throw line. The seniors also helped the rest of the half to chip away at the Redhawks' double-digit advantage. Jones finished the first with four points, four rebounds, and six assists, while Ortiz finished the with four points and two rebounds.
Going into the second half the Terriers trailed 48-36. Hiram opened up the second with a shift in scoring momentum with Jones tallying another point from the free throw line, and Kirksey with a layup closing the gap to single digits (48-39). The Redhawks responded with a 14 point run, that was stopped by a layup from Jones with 15:00 to play (62-41).
The Terriers' defense started to find their groove in the last half, holding La Roche to 67 points for five minutes of game time, while the offense found their rhythm scoring 10 points to chip the lead down to 13 (67-54).
Inside of the last five-minute game, the Terriers were still fighting to erase the deficit with a dunk from Kirskey with 3:59 on the clock. The freshman finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and a steal. Time ran out on the Terrier comeback, however, and Hiram fell 101-83.
The two-point run from Jones put him in second on the roster in scoring with 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and a block. The last push from Ortiz with 2:04 left registered a pair of buckets, to finish out the last five of his nine points and end the scoring for Hiram at 101-83.
Sophmore Brevin Dye led the Terriers with 15 points, a steal, and an assist. Dye not only led the team in points but reached a career-high in scoring. Kelvin Jones tallied his first double-double of the season, notching 14 points and 10 boards. Senior Paul Ortiz also added nine to the cause.
The Terriers will take on Geneva on Saturday, November 25, in their first home game of the season. The matchup at Price Gymnasium is scheduled for a 7 pm start.