Marks leads Hanover in battle with Transylvania

Sophomore forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) notched his first career double-double to lead Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad to a 69-64 victory against Transylvania University (Ky.), Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Collier Arena.

Marks tallied career highs with both 14 points and 15 rebounds to help snap Transylvania’s six-game winning streak and raise Hanover’s record to 8-6 overall and 5-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) and sophomore backcourt mate Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) each netted 16 points for the Panthers, which have won three games in a row.

Brandon Rash scored a game-high 19 points, while Ethan Spurlin and Tate Cox added 17 points apiece for Transylvania. The Pioneers dipped to 10-4 overall and 5-2 in the league with the setback.

Hanover and Transylvania swapped the lead six times in the opening four minutes of play before Panthers surged ahead for good at 13-11 on a Nowicki three-pointer.

Cox landed a three-pointer to keep the Pioneers within 21-18 with 9:42 left in the half, but Hanover countered with a 26-9 run through the following eight minutes to build a 47-27 cushion with 2:37 remaining in the stanza.

Bass scored eight points and freshman guard Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) canned two from behind the arc to fuel the decisive spurt.

The Panthers led 47-31 at the intermission and held a double-digit lead through the first 10 minutes of the second half before Transylvania rallied down the stretch.

Marks scored from inside to give Hanover a 61-45 lead with 9:47 to play. The Pioneers, behind three-pointers from Cox and Trey Beuttel, used a 15-4 run during a five-minute span to pull within 65-60 with 4:22 on the clock.

The teams went more than four minutes without a field goal leading into the final 60 seconds of action.

The Panthers converted 4-of-10 free throws in the final 45 seconds and the squad’s defense surrendered only a pair of buckets in the closing 17 seconds to secure the victory.

Hanover finished the game 26-of-60 from the floor (43.3%) and 12-of-22 from the charity stripe (54.5%). Transylvania, meanwhile, hit 25-of-56 field goals (44.6%) and 8-of-18 free throws (44.4%).

The Panthers outrebounded the Pioneers, 43-30, including 15 offensive boards. Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) grabbed eight rebounds.

Hanover vs. Transylvania (Ky.) statistics