Hanover College’s men’s basketball team remained unbeaten with a 61-57 victory against Centre College (Ky.) in the 20th-annual Collier Classic. The event was held Sunday, Nov. 25, in Collier Arena.
Nine different players scratched the scoring column for Hanover, which notched its 11th win in the program’s last 13 games against Centre.
Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) and senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) netted 10 points apiece, while sophomore forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) matched his career-high with eight points to lead the Panthers, now 3-0 this season.
Sophomore forward Josh Karsner posted 15 points and junior guard Donovan Whiteside added 10 to pace Centre (2-2).
Hanover built double-digit leads by the midpoint of the first and second halves, but each time, the Colonels whittled the margin to just one possession.
In the second period, Nowicki scored eight consecutive points during an 81-second span and freshman swingman Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) added a three-pointer to help the Panthers construct a 54-39 lead with 8:39 left in the game.
Centre, however, rallied with a 14-2 run through a six-minute stretch to pull within a bucket in the final three minutes.
Karsner hit two from long range, the Colonels hit 6-of-6 free throws and freshman center Blake Scinta scored from inside to trim the cushion to 56-53 with 2:41 on the clock.
Gunter and Whiteside traded short-range jumpers to keep the margin at three points with two minutes to play.
Nowicki, who scored all 10 of his points in the second half, nudged the margin to 61-55 with a decisive three-pointer with 1:28 to go.
Scinta followed with a basket in the paint to pull Centre within 61-57 with 1:11 still on the clock.
The teams exchanged turnovers on the next two possessions to maintain the four-point spread.
Hanover, with fouls to give and a pressuring defense around the perimeter, was able to limit the Colonels to an off-balance three-point effort just prior to the buzzer to preserve the win.
Gunter led the Panthers with seven boards, though Centre outrebounded the squad by a 37-27 margin.
Hanover committed a season-low five turnovers in the contest, while forcing the Colonels into 16 miscues.
Published Sunday, November 25, 2012