Posted: Feb 03, 2018
Feb.3- GREENCASTLE, Ind.- Despite a second-half spark, the Hiram College men's basketball team fell short against DePauw (79-67), Saturday afternoon.
Three Terriers scored in double-digits against the Tigers.
The Hiram scoring effort was led by sophomore Sherman Dean III with 16 points, just a basket away from a new season-high. Freshman Jalen Kirksey and senior Terrence Warren helped the scoring efforts, recording a combined 24 points.
Kelvin Jones tallied his 11th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Although the game was decided in the late stages of the second half, the first saw plenty of action with DePauw holding a four-point lead at the break.
The Tigers opened the game on a 12-4 run in the first four minutes, but Hiram found their legs, using a 13-4 run to reclaim a one-point lead on a basket by Brevin Dye.
The two sides would continue to trade leads, with Dean helping the Terriers reclaim the advantage by knocking down his third triple of the half to stake Hiram to a 29-28 advantage with 4:57 to play.
DePauw closed the half on a 13-8 run, however, taking a four-point lead into the break.
The second half looked to be a comeback story in the making, with the Terriers falling into sync and holding DePauw to .333 from the field.
Hiram trailed by five coming out of the first half, but with some quick work from Kirksey, Hiram was within one point (43-42) of DePauw, less than two minutes into the second stanza.
The Kirksey play sparked a run, putting the Terriers in the lead for the first time in the half, with Jones and Warren knocking down baskets (47-43) to create their largest lead of the night.
Hiram and DePauw would continue to trade baskets through the middle stages of the second frame, tying the game up four times. Senior Paul Ortiz, Dean, and Jones would work together for one last push to maintain the lead (60-59) with 8:12 to go.
From there, Hiram could not hold on and DePauw pulled away, outscoring the Terriers 17-7 in the remaining minutes, to end the game 79-67.
The Terriers will return home Wednesday, February 7 to take on Ohio Wesleyan. The conference matchup is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.