Second-half burst powers win against Wabash

A 20-3 run to start the second half powered Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad to a 76-51 victory against Wabash College in Collier Arena.

Hanover snapped a three-game losing streak against the Little Giants and improved to 2-0 this season with the triumph.

The Panthers trailed 10-2 four minutes into the contest, but eventually rallied to grab a 26-24 lead at the intermission.

Hanover gained control of the game in the opening minutes of the second half.

Sophomore forward Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) hit back-to-back three-pointers and junior center Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) added five points as the Panthers started the second period with a 20-3 burst to surge ahead 46-27 with 14:35 to play.

Junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a basket and four straight free throws to help nudge the margin to 20 points (56-36) with 8:50 on the clock.

Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) converted three consecutive baskets and Marks chipped in two free throws and a bucket from inside to push the Panthers ahead 66-43 with 4:24 remaining.

Marks led four Panthers in double figures with 17 points and also snatched a game-high nine rebounds.

Van Kleunen finished with 13 points, junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while James added 10 points.

Hanover made just 9-of-31 shots from the field in the first half (29%). The Panthers hit at a 51.5 percent clip in the second period (17-of-33) with three from beyond the arc.

Hanover made 20-of-27 free throws (74.1%), including a 6-for-6 effort from the charity stripe by James.

Wabash, off to a 0-2 start this season, was 20-of-59 from the floor (33.9%) and converted 7-of-10 (70%) at the line.

The Panthers outrebounded the Little Giants by a 41-35 margin.

Hanover vs. Wabash statistics