Dec.15- BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Hiram men's basketball team suffered a 77-71 defeat at the hands of Geneva College on Saturday evening.
The Tornadoes opened the game on a 5-0 run, but the rest of the half was played a little more closely with the Terriers tying the score five times.
Hiram would see their largest lead (21-17) off a three from junior Sherman Dean III. Dean was the man of the half, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the first frame.
Geneva would dominate the rest of the stanza outscoring the Terriers 32-22 to take the 49-43 first-half advantage.
Fresh out the half, the host posted another basket to stretch their lead to 51-43.
The game of runs would continue over the next thirteen minutes, as the Terriers would begin to chip away at the lead. Hiram would use a 23-14 run to once again re-take the advantage at 66-65 with 5:57 to play off a basket from sophomore Christian Crespo. Sophomore Jalen Kirksey would lead the scoring efforts in the run with seven points.
Seconds later, Dean would hit a three taking the last Hiram lead of the night (69-68).
The host would go on one last run, outscoring Hiram 7-2 in the final minutes, securing their 77-71 victory.
For the game, four Terriers finished in double figures, with Dean leading the way with 19 points and two rebounds from the reserves. Sophomore pair Kirksey and Crespo tallied 15 and 14 points, while senior Marcel Rice added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Hiram will head to Greencastle, Indiana on Thursday, December 20 in a 6:00 pm matchup against conference foe DePauw.