Panthers race by MSJ behind Bass double-double

Sophomore point guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) notched the first double-double of his career as the Hanover College men’s basketball topped the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 92-61. The game was held Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Collier Arena.

The victory, Hanover’s seventh-straight in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, improves the team’s record to 12-6 overall and 9-2 in league play. The Panthers remain tied for second in the Heartland.

Bass led all scorers with 20 points and 10 assists as Hanover remained undefeated versus the Lions in Collier Arena (16-0).

Three other Panthers joined Bass in double figures. Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) scored 14 points to accompany a game-high eight rebounds, while classmate Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) netted 17.

Freshman forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) scored 11 points off the bench.

Bass first cracked the scoring column for the Panthers, sinking a short jumper just 15 seconds into the game.

Several plays later, Lions guard David Mann evened the game at the 18:30 mark.

Three different Panthers scored in the next 5:29, as Hanover went on a 10-4 run.

Trailing 12-6 at the 13:01 mark, Joel Scudder sank a deep three to halt the Panther run.

The Mount St. Joseph rally proved to be short-lived, as Hanover outscored the Lions 30-15 for the remainder of the half.

Bass scored 12 points during this run and Hendricks added 10, including a crowd-pleasing dunk with 1:38 to play in the first half.

Hanover entered the locker room at intermission leading 42-24, thanks to 17-of-28 shooting (60.7%) and nine Mount St. Joseph turnovers.

Mann again scored first for the Lions, sinking a driving lay-up to pull within 16 (42-26) just seven seconds into the second half.

The Panthers quickly responded with two momentum-killing dunks through the next 20 seconds to put the game out of reach.

In the first play, Gunter rebounded a Mann miss and quickly fed sophomore forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) for the third Hanover dunk of the game.

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) stole the ball on the following play and sent a quick outlet pass to Bass. Bass hit a streaking Hendricks for fast-break jam that quelled the Lions' rally and brought the crowd to its feet leading by 20 (46-26) at the 19:20 mark.

The Lions bench quickly called time-out in a futile attempt to slow the Panther energy.

Hanover answered with 65.6 percent (21-of-32) shooting from the field for the half and built the lead to as much as 33 points (92-59) at the 1:04 mark.

Ten different players scored for Hanover, which shot 63.3 percent (38-of-60) from the floor and 73.3 (11-of-15) from the line.

Mount St. Joseph was led by Scudder’s 13 points. David Mann added 12 for the Lions, which shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) for the game, but only 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range.

Mount St. Joseph falls to 6-12; 5-6 HCAC.

Hanover vs. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics