Marks leads Panthers' charge at Earlham

Sophomore center Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) scored a career-high 17 points to spark Hanover College’s men’s basketball team to a 92-49 victory against Earlham College. The Panthers and Quakers tangled in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match Saturday, Feb. 2, in Richmond, Ind.

Marks hit all eight of his field goal attempts and added his only free throw to reach double figures for the fifth time this season and lead four Hanover players in double figures.

Sophomore guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 16 points, senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) had 14 and senior guard Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) added 13.

The Panthers have won nine of the program’s last 10 games to stand at 14-7 overall and 11-3 in the Heartland Conference.

The loss was the eighth in a row for Earlham, which fell to 2-19 overall and 1-13 in the league. Dustin Rusk led the Quakers with 10 points.

Hanover, which led wire-to-wire, shot 50.7 percent from the floor (36-of-71), including eight three-pointers, and hit all 12 of its free-throw attempts.

Gunter scored 10 straight points in a two-minute span to help the Panthers open a 32-15 advantage with 10:38 left in the first period.

Marks netted seven points, James had five and Hendricks added four as Hanover outscored the Quakers 24-11 the remainder of the half to construct a 56-26 lead at the intermission.

Earlham cut the margin to 28 points twice in the opening two minutes of the second half, but Hendricks scored twice from inside and Marks added two buckets as the Panthers used an 8-0 run to bump the cushion to 68-32 with 15:24 to go.

The lead was never fewer than 33 points the rest of the contest.

The Quakers trailed 75-42 with 8:51 left, but Hanover went on a 17-5 to increase the barrier to 45 points (92-47) in the final minute.

Sophomore swingman Jacob Steinhart (Mount Vernon, Ind.) hit a pair of three-pointers and freshman forward Quincy Robinson (Nashville, Ind.) added two baskets from inside to fuel the game-ending run.

The Panthers’ defense held Earlham to 37 percent shooting from the field (20-of-54) and produced 24 turnovers.

Hanover, meanwhile, committed just nine turnovers and outrebounded the Quakers, 39-33.

Marks pulled down a game-high seven rebounds and Gunter added six boards.

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