Hot Start Sends Hiram to Win at DePauw

Hot Start Sends Hiram to Win at DePauw

Greencastle, Ind. - Visiting Hiram opened the game by making six of its first seven shots - all 3-pointers - on the way to an 81-66 North Coast Athletic Conference win at DePauw. The host Tigers dropped to 6-3 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC, while the Terriers improved to 5-5 overall and 3-1 in conference action.

Four different Terriers knocked in early 3-pointers as Hiram got out to a 19-8 lead in the opening four minutes. The Tigers closed to within seven at 28-21 before Hiram responded with a 14-3 run to take its largest lead of the half at 42-24.

Ken Decker nailed a three before Cole Jenkins hit a jumper and Josh Hall knocked in a trey to cut the deficit to 42-32. Hiram pushed the margin to 13, but an Andrew Kus free throw and Decker's four-point play made it 45-37 at the break.

The Tigers were within nine at 54-45 after Hall hit a pair of free throws with 14:11 left, but Hiram put together an 11-2 stretch to push the lead back to 18. Hiram's lead stayed in double digits the rest of the contest.

Hall paced DePauw with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Jenkins added 11 and a team-high four assists. Decker finished with 10 points.

Jalen Kirksey led Hiram with 23 points and five steals with Austin Blatt chipping in 17 and Sherman Dean III 14. Marcel Rice added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

DePauw shot 40 percent for the game to Hiram's 45.8 percent and the Terriers held a 34-30 edge on the boards.

The Tigers host Allegheny in an NCAC matchup tomorrow at 2 p.m.