The No. 17 Wittenberg Tigers used a 22-0 run in the first half to set the tone in an 81-61 victory against Hiram on Saturday at Pam Evans Smith Arena.
The Tigers trailed 8-5 three minutes into the game. Hiram didn’t score in the next seven minutes. Chad Roy began the Wittenberg run with a layup. James Johnson ended it with a layup. The Tigers led 53-29 at halftime.
The victory keeps Wittenberg (13-0, 6-0) undefeated with 12 regular-season games remaining, and the Tigers now sit alone in first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Wooster (10-3, 4-2) handed No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan (10-3, 5-1) its first NCAC loss Saturday, 73-70 at Ohio Wesleyan.
The Tigers go on the road for their next two games: at Wabash (6-6, 2-3) on Wednesday and at Wooster on Saturday.
Roy led the Tigers with 16 points. Jacob Bertemes, Connor Seipel and Johnson each scored 12. Jordan Pumroy scored eight, and Mitchell Balser had seven.
Wittenberg made 10 of 22 3-pointers, while Hiram (8-5, 4-2) made 4 of 21.
Women’s basketball: The Tigers (7-9, 2-5) lost 60-48 at home to Oberlin. It’s their third straight defeat. Delaney Williams led Wittenberg with nine points.