Hanover clipped in Zimmerman opener

Hanover College’s men’s basketball team lost to Taylor University, 77-63, in the opening game of the Charles Zimmerman Classic, Friday, Dec. 28, in Springfield, Ohio.

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) scored 16 points to lead Hanover (5-5). Sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 13 points, while senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Nate Kasper posted game high with 23 points and eight rebounds to pace Taylor. Tommy Peller added 18 points for the Trojans (9-5).

Hanover trailed 23-22 with four minutes left in the first half before Taylor closed the period with a 13-5 run to build a 36-27 lead at the break.

Gunter hit a pair of baskets to pull the Panthers within 38-33 just 90 seconds into the second half. The Trojans countered with a three-pointer from Ben Raichel and a bucket by Kasper to nudge the margin to 43-33 with 16:37 on the clock.

Bass scored twice from inside and Gunter drained a three-pointer as the Panthers shaved the lead to 50-44. Nowicki later hit from beyond the arc to keep Hanover within seven points (56-49) with 8:14 on the clock.

Casey Coons scored six of his 13 points in the next four minutes as Taylor used a 10-1 run to build a 66-50 lead with 3:55 left.

Nowicki scored nine points down the stretch, but the Panthers could not cut the lead to single digits.

Hanover, which committed just eight turnovers, finished the outing 22-of-58 from the floor (37.9%). The Panthers made 7-of-24 three-point attempts (29.2%).

Hanover vs. Taylor statistics