Hanover withstands late charge in 87-84 win

Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad saw a 19-point second-half lead erode, but held off Denison University (Ohio), 87-84, Sunday, Nov. 18, in Collier Arena.

Sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored a career-high 18 points to lead Hanover, now 2-0 this season. Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) netted 15 points and sophomore guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 13 off the Panthers’ bench.

Sophomore forward Briggs King scored a game-high 21 points to pace four Denison players in double figures. Sophomore guard Robby Weingart added 15 points off the bench for the Big Red (2-1).

Hanover led by 19 points (58-39) early in the second period before Denison rallied to tie the game in the closing two minutes.

James scored 11 points in the first half and Hanover used a 14-6 run in the final six minutes of the period to build a 44-30 lead at the intermission.

Bass scored seven points and Nowicki added four as the Panthers increased the cushion to 19 points (58-39) in the opening four minutes of the second half.

The squads swapped buckets through the next seven minutes and Hanover led 75-57 after a Bass three-pointer with 9:07 on the clock.

Then Denison mounted its run.

The Big Red outscored Hanover 27-9 in a seven-minute span and eventually tied the game at 84-84. Freshman guard Darrius White hit three from long range during the rally, including the equalizer with 2:18 to play.

Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) snarled an offensive rebound and nudged Hanover ahead 86-84 with a put-back inside the final minute.

Denison missed a three-point attempt on its next trip down the floor.

Nowicki, fouled with 18 seconds left, converted 1-of-2 free throws for the final margin.

The Panthers’ defense harassed the Big Red into a rushed three-point effort, which caromed off the mark at the buzzer.

Hanover has posted victories in all seven games against Denison. Three of the previous five clashes have been decided by three points or fewer.

The Panthers were  31-of-63 from the floor (49.2%) and hit 11 three-pointers. The Big Red, meanwhile, shot 64.5 percent from the field in the second period (20-of-31) and 32-of-58 overall (55.2%).

Hanover earned a 36-24 advantage on the glass. Marks led the effort with eight rebounds.

Hanover vs. Denison (Ohio) statistics