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Hiram Men’s Basketball Drops Conference Opener at No. 21 Wooster

Hiram Men’s Basketball Drops Conference Opener at No. 21 Wooster

WOOSTER, Ohio - November 20, 2019 – Hiram Terriers men's basketball fell to The College of Wooster Fighting Scots, 98-70, on Wednesday in their North Coast Athletic Conference opener at the Al Van Wie/Wooster Rotary Classic at Timken Gymnasium.

Wooster jumped out to an early lead on the Terriers, taking advantage of 14 first-half turnovers to open the game on an 8-0 run and take a 23-7 lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half.

However, the Terriers fought back, closing the gap to just 10, 33-23, with 3:27 to play and finishing the half on a 14-6 run to head into the locker room down by just seven.

Hiram cut the deficit down to six early on in the second half on a Jalen Kirksey three, but were unable to get any closer before the Fighting Scots went on another run.

The Fighting Scots brought their lead back out to double-digits with 12:35 to play on Dontae Williams' and-one, before outscoring the Terriers by 13 over the next 10-minute stretch to pull away and take a 90-65 lead, eventually finishing off the 98-70 victory.

With the loss, Hiram falls to 2-2 (0-1 NCAC) on the season, while Wooster moves to 2-0 (1-0 NCAC) with the win.

Brodgie Gordon led the Terriers with 24 points, tying his career-high, adding a career-high four steals, while Kirksey added 18 points and four rebounds. Antonio McQueen led the Terriers on the glass with 10 rebounds.

The Terriers shot 44.3 percent and 43.5 percent from three, but shot just 11 free throws, compared to 24 for the Fighting Scots.

The Terriers will next travel to Washington, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 23 to take on Washington & Jefferson at the Salvitti Family Gymnasium at 3:00 p.m.