Hanover survives Mount St. Joseph, 58-57

Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to lift Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad to a 58-57 victory against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).

Sophomore forward Evan Bingham (Louisville, Ky.) scored a career-high 15 points off the bench to spark Hanover, now 12-6 overall and 8-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Bass finished with 14 points and sophomore swingman V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) added 12 for the Panthers, which raised their record to 17-0 against Mount St. Joseph in Collier Arena.

Hanover trailed 45-38 midway through the second half, but eventually whittled the margin to 52-49 on a pair of Bingham free throws with 5:09 on the clock.

Bingham, who scored nine points in the second period, kept the Panthers within 52-51 on a back-door cut with 4:34 left, then later pushed the squad ahead 56-55 with a short jumper with 2:51 to play.

The Lions reclaimed the lead on the following possession (57-56) before the teams hit a scoring drought into the final seconds.

Bass was fouled while corralling a Lions’ missed three-point effort with only 22 seconds to play. The Panthers were just 3-of-10 from the charity stripe when Bass drilled both shots for the one-point advantage.

Mount St. Joseph worked the ball to the right baseline, where a pressured three-point attempt by Joel Scudder was off the mark prior to the horn.

Scudder scored 15 points to lead the Lions, which fell out of a first-place tie in the Heartland Conference standings with the setback.

Hanover finished 23-of-49 from the field (46.9%), but converted only 5-of-12 from the foul line (41.7%). Mount St. Joseph (11-6; 8-3 HCAC) made 21-of-43 field goals (48.8%) and 7-of-8 free throws (87.5%).

The Panthers earned a 28-21 advantage in rebounds and committed just nine turnovers in the back-and-forth clash. Billups pulled down a season-high seven boards, while senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.) had six.

Hanover vs. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics