Backcourt fuels Hanover's eighth straight win

Hanover College’s men’s basketball team swept the season series with Manchester University with a 78-57 win, Saturday, Jan. 26, in North Manchester, Ind.

Fueled by 60 points from its backcourt, Hanover posted its eighth consecutive victory to improve to 13-6 overall and 10-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Panthers. Sophmore Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 16 points, senior Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) added 12 and sophomore guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) chipped in six.

The squads were tied at 38-38 three minutes into the second half before Hanover used a 14-2 run through the following five minutes to construct a 52-40 lead with 12:11 left in the contest.

Nowicki converted a three-point play and drained a jumper from beyond the arc, while Bass added a stretch of five points in a row, to lead the Panthers’ burst.

Manchester cut the margin in half. The Spartans, scoring three times in the paint, went on an 8-2 run to trim the lead to six points (54-48) with nine minutes to go.

However, Hanover’s defensive pressure and Nowicki’s offense took control of the game down the stretch.

The Panthers limited Manchester to just 4-of-17 shooting and Nowicki netted 12 points as Hanover closed the contest with a 24-9 run to pull away for the lopsided victory.

Hanover finished the game 28-of-60 from the field (46.7%), including 11 three-pointers.

Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.), who reached double figures for his fourth straight outing, added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers.

Sophomore center Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) led the squad's effort on the glass with nine boards.

Silas Sims scored 16 points and Jared Schrock added 10 for Manchester, which lost for the 10th consecutive outing to fall to 4-15 overall and 1-11 in the HCAC.

The Spartans shot 38.7 percent from the floor (24-of-62) and committed 19 turnovers.

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