Posted: Jan 12, 2019
Jan.12- HIRAM, Ohio- Despite having a second-half surge the Hiram College men's basketball team fell to the Yeomen by a 71-68 score on Saturday afternoon.
Lone senior Marcel Rice started the first Hiram run (5-2) with back-to-back baskets before knocking down a free throw all in the opening minutes.
From there the host and visitors would trade baskets knotting the score at 5-5 and then again at 13-13.
Inside the 12-minute mark, the Yeomen would maintain the scoring momentum, growing their lead to as big as 10 (31-21).
With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, the Terriers then went on a 10-7 run to cut the Oberlin lead back down to single digits (41-34). Sophomore Jalen Kirksey led the scoring with seven points, and freshman Antonio McQueen added three.
Fresh out the break the Yeomen controlled the initial four minutes of the half pushing their lead back to nine (48-39)
After falling behind briefly, the Terriers used an 11-0 swing to capture the lead (50-48). Freshman Brodgie Gordon, freshman Tyler McMillion, and junior Sherman Dean III contributed nine of the 11 points.
The score was tied at 50-50 and again at 56-56. Oberlin would maintain the lead for the rest of the half with the Hiram deficit swelling to seven (70-63) inside the final five minutes.
Despite having attempted to take the lead in the remaining seconds, the Terriers were unsuccessful, and the Yeomen eventually took the three-point victory (71-68).
Three Terriers scored in double digits with Rice finishing with 22 points and eight rebounds. Kirksey tallied 16 points and eight rebounds. In his Price Gymnasium debut, McQueen added 10 points and five rebounds from the reserves.
The Terriers will next host conference foe Kenyon on Wednesday, January 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.