Four double-digit scorers led the Hanover College men’s basketball team to its fourth straight victory. The Panthers defeated Earlham College, 86-51, in an Alumni Day match-up Saturday, Jan. 12 at Collier Arena, in Hanover, Ind.
Seniors Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) and Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) shared game-high scoring honors with 14 points as the Panthers collected their fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.
The Panthers, now 9-6 overall and 6-2 in the HCAC, maintain second place in the league standings.
Hendricks hit five three-pointers, including three in the first seven minutes of the game, as the Panthers jumped out to a 25-9 lead.
Earlham pushed back, cutting the Panther lead to 10 points (30-20) on a Vadial Jett lay-up in the lane at the 8:06 mark.
Hanover's margin remained in that range for the next several minutes as the Panthers' shooting cooled before sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) found Hendricks for his fourth trey with 35 seconds left in the half.
Bass dished a game-high six assists, while scoring 10 points.
Hanover forced 13 first-half turnovers, while collecting seven steals to take a 40-27 lead into intermission.
Six straight points by Hanover, including a steal and break-away dunk by Hendricks, quieted any Quaker thoughts of a comeback.
The Panthers quickly strung out a 15-6 run, highlighted by six points from Nowicki.
Earlham’s Joe Adams scored with 9:41 remaining to pull the Quakers within 20 points (61-41), but sophomore forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) converted a three-point play to spark a 25-10 Panther run.
Marks scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as Hanover outrebounded Earlham, 43-34.
Freshman forward Jacob Steinhart (Mount Vernon, Ind.) added seven rebounds in a reserve role.
Hanover shot a blistering 48.6 percent (18-of-37) in the second half to finish the game at 41.6 percent (32-of-77).
The Panthers' defense forced 25 Quaker turnovers and grabbed 13 steals.
Dustin Rusk scored 11 points to lead Earlham, which fell to 2-13 overall and 1-7 in Heartland Conference play.
Published Saturday, January 12, 2013