HIRAM, Ohio - November 27, 2019 – Hiram Terriers men's basketball fell to the Bluffton University Beavers, 76-61, in their home opener at Price Gymnasium on Wednesday.
After a back-and-forth start to the first half, Bluffton built an early lead. Following a jumper from Brodgie Gordon, the Beavers went on a 13-0 run to take a 24-12 lead on Jerred Kinnaird's layup with 8:47 to play in the first half.
However, the Terriers held Bluffton scoreless over the next two minutes to cut the lead down to six before using an 8-3 run to pull within one with just over three minutes left in the half.
The Beavers brought their lead back out to three with a little over a minute to play, but Gordon knocked down a triple to send Hiram and Bluffton into the half, tied at 33.
Jalen Kirksey led the Terriers at the half with 10 points, while Gordon tallied eight first-half points. The first half featured five ties and seven lead changes as the Terriers and Beavers went back-and-forth.
Bluffton opened the second half on another run, taking a six-point, 47-41 lead with 15:13 to play. The Terriers, though, responded with a run of their own, holding the Beavers to just one point over the next two minutes to take a 48-47 lead.
The Beavers quickly retook the lead on Aaron Rich's layup, and stretched it all the way out to a game-high 14 with a 16-2 run over the next 10 minutes as the Terriers went cold from the field, shooting just 29.6 percent in the second half.
Hiram cut Bluffton's lead down to 11 with 4:08 to play on Gordon's jumper, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome and the Beavers pulled out a 76-61 victory.
Hiram falls to 2-4 with the loss, while the Beavers move to 3-2 with the win.
Gordon and Kirksey each led the Terriers with 16 points, while Tyler McMillion notched his first double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards.
The Terriers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 when they host the Denison University Big Red on Silent Night at 8 p.m. at Price Gymnasium.