Posted: Feb 09, 2019
Feb.9-OBERLIN, Ohio- The Hiram College men's basketball team struggled in the second half, falling to Oberlin College, 90-61, on Saturday evening.
The loss drops the Terriers to 11-12 (8-8 NCAC), while the Yeomen of Oberlin improve to 13-10 (9-7 NCAC) on the season.
A Jalen Kirksey basket would mark the first Hiram lead of the game (2-1) with 19:46 remaining in the first.
The Terriers made Oberlin work for every basket in the first ten minutes keeping the game close.
Hiram and the Yeomen would trade leads 10 times tying the game three, before Oberlin took the lead 21-18 with 9:54 in the first half.
The Terriers would respond by cutting the advantage to one (25-24) before Oberlin made their biggest push of the half. Over the next five minutes, the hosts outscored Hiram 21-4 to balloon the advantage to 18 (46-28).
In the opening half, Hiram shot 41%, outrebounding the Yeomen 16-12. The Terriers scoring were led by eight points from senior Marcel Rice. Antonio McQueen added six in the frame, while Jalen Kirksey also finished the first 20 minutes with five points.
In the second half, Hiram could not hold on and Oberlin pulled away, outscoring the Terriers 44-33 in the remaining 20 minutes, to end the game 90-61.
Rice led the Hiram offense, totaling 17 points and six rebounds. McQueen finished his 27 minutes of work with 14 points and seven rebounds. While Brodgie Gordon added seven points.
Hiram will continue NCAC action on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they play host to Allegheny. The matchup is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. tip.