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HOT SHOOTING TERRIERS TOO MUCH FOR SPARTAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM



By Nick Minerd


CLEVELAND, OH – The Hiram College men’s basketball team connected on 13 three-pointers and forced 21 turnovers in a 103-69 victory versus Case Western Reserve University today, December 18 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.


Hiram improved to 7-4, while the Spartans dropped to 2-6. The Terriers had three players in double-figures, including freshman guard Aaron Stefanov who scored all 20 of his points in the first half on 6-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The Spartans had four players in double-figures with junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) totaling a team-high 16 points.


In the first half, Case trailed by three before sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) converted a three-point play to tie the score at 12 at the 13:19 mark. Hiram answered with five straight en route to a 20-9 run and led 31-20 when Nick Russo nailed a three-pointer with 9:11 left in the half.

The Spartans briefly cut the deficit to nine, at 31-22, when sophomore guard Robert Scott (Paoli, PA/Conestoga) hit two free throws at 8:57, but the Terriers once again answered with a 9-0 run ending in back-to-back three-pointers by Stefanov and Andrew Weigand that made the score 43-25 with 5:44 left before half.  

Case battled back with an 8-0 run and trailed 43-33 when Summers canned a jumper at 3:29, but the Terriers were able to re-build their advantage to 19, at 56-37, thanks to a 13-4 run ending with another Stefanov triple with eight seconds remaining in the period.

At the break, the Terriers were shooting 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field, including 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from three-point range. The Spartans also committed 11 turnovers to only four for Hiram.

The Terriers didn’t let up in the second half, opening on an 8-0 run culminating in a fast-break layup by Babajide Eniola that made the score 64-37 at 15:41. The Spartans were unable to get their deficit below 22 the rest of the way, falling 103-69.

For the game, Hiram attempted 31 more shots than the Spartans (68-37) and held a 33-21 rebounding advantage. The Terriers shot 58.8 percent from the field (40-of-68), including 56.5 percent from three-point range (13-of-23).

Olmsted Falls alumnus Dave Pellerite scores season-best 22 points in Mount's OAC win over Wilmington 

December 18, 2010
 

WILMINGTON, Ohio -- Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) hit a three-pointer with two seconds to play to send Mount Union to a 75-73 Ohio Athletic Conference victory today at Wilmington.

Pellerite


Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had a season-best 22 points, Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) had 11 points to lead the Purple Raiders, who evened their OAC record at 2-2 (3-6 overall).


The back and forth game featured 15 lead changes and 11 ties.

Tyler White, the OAC's leading scorer, had a game-high 23 points to lead three players in double figures for Wilmington (3-5, 0-4 OAC).


Mount Union opens the home portion of the 2010-11 schedule Monday at 7 pm against LaRoche (Pa.) College at The MAAC.

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