Powell erupts, but Lords fall at Hiram
HIRAM — Junior Carter Powell scored a career-high and game-high 27 points but the Kenyon Lords (1-15, 0-9 NCAC) fell to Hiram College 91-80 Wednesday night.
Hiram showed some serious depth as five different players scored in double figures including a team-high 22 from Jalen Kirksey who also dished out a game-high five assists. As a team, the Terriers were also extremely efficient at the foul line. They made 29 trips to the charity stripe and converted 21 of those, a season-high.
Competition was extremely tight as there were 12 ties and 11 lead changes throughout the contest.
About five minutes into the game, the score was knotted up at 9-9 before the Terriers hit a 12-4 run which was capped off by a Christian Crespo jumper. The Lords followed with a strong stretch to reclaim the lead.
Down 21-13, Kenyon climbed all the way back to take a 26-25 advantage following a layup from Christian Watanabe. The Lords extended that lead to five, 30-25, with 6:24 remaining after Kamal Aubakirov’s bucket.
After Kenyon’s response, Hiram found one of its own. The home squad scored six straight, and eight of the next 10 points, to take a 33-32 lead after Kirksey sank two free throws with 4:34 left. Over the remainder of the first half, the Terriers held that lead and took a 45-39 advantage into the locker room.
The offenses of both teams were very good in the first stanza as the Lords hit 51 percent while the Terriers connected on a 47-percent clip.
In the second half, Hiram’s use of the foul line payed dividends as it hit 13 freebies, 10 more than the Lords.
Nearly seven minutes in, Kenyon had attained four-point leads on three different occasions. Its last came on a Ryan O’Neil jumper which brought the score to 61-57.
The score remained close after that, but Kenyon did have a few more leads. With about eight minutes left, Ugnius Zilinskas drilled a jumper to move the score to 71-69. A little over a minute later, Powell converted a layup to push Kenyon ahead again, 73-71.
After that though, the Terriers closed the game with a 20-7 run. Nine of those points came at the foul line and five more were made shots. For the Lords, they closed the final 6:52 of the game shooting 3-for-11 and hitting 1-of-4 at the foul line.
Kenyon’s next game is Saturday, when the Lords will travel to DePauw University for a 3 p.m. conference tilt.
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Pair of double-doubles boost Ladies
GAMBIER — Kenyon College senior Lane Davis racked up 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists Wednesday night, while junior Paige Matijasich tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds. The dual double-doubles helped steer the Ladies basketball team to a 56-52 victory over a persistent Hiram College Terriers squad.
The win was the third straight for Kenyon (12-5, 6-3 NCAC) while the loss was the fourth in the last five games for Hiram (8-9, 2-6 NCAC).
Davis split up her stats pretty evenly between halves and finished 5-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 at the free throw line. The double-double was her second of the season and the fourth of her career.
Matijasich, on the other hand, scored all ten of her points and grabbed seven of her 11 rebounds in the second half of play. Her double-double was the fourth of the season and sixth of her career.
Those two stat lines were complemented by 14 points and five assists from senior Jessica Gerber, as well as seven points and four rebounds from freshman Grace Connery.
Despite the impressive numbers from that group, Kenyon just couldn’t shake the Terriers, who never trailed by double digits and pulled within two points on three different occasions in the fourth quarter.
The first of those three times the Terriers moved within a bucket, Connery responded with a jumper in the paint to give the Ladies a 44-42 lead. Hiram answered and Matijasich responded next, keeping Kenyon ahead 48-44 with 3:58 left in the game. Then, after some late-game strategizing from both teams, Gerber drained a pair of free throws to seal the victory with five ticks left on the clock.
The Kenyon defense held Hiram to 32.8 percent shooting, but the Terriers were able to hang around thanks in part to Kenyon’s 4-of-22 performance (18.2 percent) from beyond the three-point arc.
Kenyon started out the game with a 14-11 lead after one quarter of play. Hiram went on a 9-0 run in the second quarter to claim a 24-20 edge, but the Ladies closed out the half with a three-pointer from Connery and two points each from Davis, Gerber and Sharon Hull to go into the break with a 29-28 advantage.
Kenyon controlled the third quarter, moving ahead by as many as nine points, while holding Hiram to just four field goals and nine points in the period.
Tashuana Wright carried Hiram for most of the night. She finished with a game-high 24 points. Cici Bright threw in 14 and Erica Johnson racked up a team-high nine rebounds for the Terriers, who were out-rebounded, 47-37, as a team.