Bass fuels sixth straight against Franklin

Sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored a career-high 26 points to lead Hanover College’s men’s basketball team to an 89-75 victory against Franklin College, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Collier Arena.

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) had 23 points and senior backcourt mate Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) added 14 for Hanover, which notched its sixth consecutive triumph against Franklin and raised its record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Heartland Conference.

Bass, who scored 20 points in the second half, ignited a key 16-4 run during a five-minute stretch late in the game to allow the Panthers to extend a three-point lead to double digits and seal the win.

Hanover led by as many as 12 points (41-29) in the first period and built a 56-40 lead early in the second half. Franklin, behind five three-pointers, used a 19-6 run to trim the margin to three points (62-59) with 10 minutes to play.

The lead remained three points after the Grizzlies' junior guard Bailey Howard canned a three-pointer to keep his squad within 67-64 with 6:45 left in the contest.

Bass, however, took over down the stretch. He hit two free throws, scored twice from inside and added three-pointer to bump the cushion to 76-67 with 4:26 to play.

Nowicki, who has averaged nearly 23 points in his last three games against Franklin, hit two field goals and senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) added a pair of free throws to increase the lead to 83-68 with 1:42 on the clock.

Bass then nailed 6-of-6 free throws in the final 90 seconds to lock up the victory.

Hanover shot 59.3 percent from the field (32-of-54) and hit 8-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc. The squad was 17-of-25 from the charity stripe (68%) and hit 13-of-17 in the second half (76.5%).

Sophomore forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) snagged seven rebounds to lead the Panthers, which earned a 36-32 advantage on the boards. Hendricks matched his career high with five rebounds and freshman forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) also posted five.

Howard scored 25 points and senior forward Gunner Erwin added 22 for Franklin, which dipped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

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