Sophomores Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) and Jacob Steinhart (Mount Vernon, Ind.) each posted career scoring highs, but Hanover College’s men’s basketball team lost to Wabash College, 61-59, Monday, Dec. 17, in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Marks finished with a career-best 13 points, while Steinhart netted 10 for the Panthers, now 5-4 overall this season.
Daniel Purvlicis led Wabash with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pete Nicksic chipped in 10 points for the Little Giants (3-5).
Six of the last 12 games between the teams were decided by five points or fewer. This one appeared to be similar from the start.
Hanover and Wabash swapped the lead seven times, were tied on five occasions and were never more than two possessions apart throughout the first half.
After leading 33-30 at the break, the Little Giants outscored the Panthers 9-2 to open the second period and raced to a 42-32 lead three minutes into the half.
Wabash led 46-36 with 13:43 left before Hanover rallied to tie the game. Freshman forward Evan Bingham (Louisville, Ky.) scored all seven of his season-high points to fuel a 13-3 run during a five-minute span. The burst tied the game at 49-49 with less than nine minutes to go.
The Little Giants, however, reeled off seven straight points to surge ahead 56-49 with 6:34 left and held the margin at 61-54 with four minutes on the clock.
Wabash would not score again. The drought allowed Hanover to make a final charge.
The Panthers went more than three minutes without a bucket until Marks scored from inside, and converted the three-point play, to cut the margin to 61-57 with 1:33 remaining.
After a Wabash turnover, senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) cut to the hoop and scored to get the Panthers within a basket (61-59) with 1:15 on the clock.
The Little Giants turned the ball over in the closing minute. Steinhart missed an effort from the field, but gathered the rebound to maintain possession. The squad worked the ball inside in the final 10 seconds, but could not get off a shot until just after the final horn.
Hanover made 26-of-68 field goals (38.2%) and was 1-of-1 from the free throw stripe. Wabash shot 50 percent from the floor (26-of-52), but made just 2-of-11 free throws (11.1%).
Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to lead Hanover on the boards. The Panthers were outrebounded, 37-35.
Published Monday, December 17, 2012