The Hanover College men’s basketball squad’s three-game winning streak was snapped with an 88-81 loss to Illinois College in the opening game of the 51st-annual “Mose” Hole/ Kiwanis Classic in Wooster, Ohio.
Sophomore forward Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) scored 17 points and freshman center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 16 to lead four Hanover players in double figures.
Brandon Berry poured in 35 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to spark Illinois College (5-3).
Hanover shot 50 percent from the field (34-of-68), including nine three-pointers, but was outscored by a 28-6 margin at the charity stripe.
Illinois College grabbed a 41-40 lead just 23 seconds into the second half and did not trail the remainder of the game.
Berry scored 10 points in the opening 3:15 of the second period to help the Blueboys surge ahead 51-42 and the margin blossomed to 58-48 at the 13:35 mark.
Wehner canned back-to-back three-pointers and Muchmore scored twice from inside to power a 12-4 run during a four-minute span to help Hanover eventually trim the deficit to 71-70 with 5:39 to go.
Illinois College countered with a 10-2 burst in the following four minutes to build an 81-72 lead with 1:46 left on the clock.
The Panthers, trading fouls for free throws down the stretch, used two buckets from senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.), a basket by Muchmore and a three-pointer from junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) to shave the deficit to 84-81 with only 14 seconds to play.
Berry, however, was 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the closing 10 seconds to seal the Blueboys’ win.
Junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Bass chipped in 10 points and eight assists for Hanover (6-3).
Published Sunday, December 29, 2013