Clutch free throws hold off Anderson

Four players tallied double-digit scoring and the Hanover College men’s basketball team shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) percent from the field as the Panthers defeated Anderson University, 93-85. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up was held Wednesday, Feb 6, in Collier Arena.

Sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Panthers with 17 points and six assists as Hanover improved to 15-7 overall and 12-3 in Heartland Conference play.

Seniors Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) and Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) each scored 15 points. Gunter, who notched his second double-double of the season, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) came off the bench to score 14 points and dish four assists as the Panthers remain tied for second place in the league.

Both teams started the game with missed shots, before a Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) block gave Hanover possession. Gunter followed with a basket in the lane to crack the scoring column at the 19:01 mark.

On the next play, Hendricks stole the ball and found Gunter for a three-pointer as Hanover raced to a quick 5-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the contest.

Both teams traded buckets as Hanover held a slim lead until a Cody Jackson three-pointer brought the Ravens within 18-17 at the 10:41 mark.

Gunter responded with a score in the paint and the Panthers roared to a 19-2 run through the following 4:17, building a 37-19 lead with 6:23 left in the first half. 

James led the way, scoring nine points during this run.

Hanover enjoyed a double-digit lead the rest of the period, entering halftime with a 51-36 advantage on 16-of-31 (51.6 %) shooting.

The Panthers continued to hold a double-digit lead for the first 6:51 of the second period until consecutive three-pointers by Phil Hogan pulled the Ravens within 62-55.

On the next play, Hogan corralled a Hanover turnover and dished to Carson Breckenridge for a score in the lane, cutting the Hanover lead to 62-57.

Hanover pushed the lead to eight on several possessions over the next few minutes until Nowicki sank two free throws to grab a 74-64 lead with 8:56 remaining.

A Nate Gross lay-up in the paint brought Anderson with five (86-81) with 3:30 to play, but a Bass assist set up a Nowicki three-pointer on the following play and the Panthers secured a three-possession margin.

Hogan scored nine of his game-high 33 points over the final seven minutes. The Ravens, however, were forced to foul on the defensive end and Hanover gained the win from the charity stripe, hitting 13 of their last 16 free throws.

Hanover shot 74.5 percent (35-of-47) from the line, while out-rebounding the Ravens, 38-28.

Breckinridge scored 10 points off the bench, while Isaac Loechle added 12 as Anderson falls to 9-13 and 5-10 in the HCAC.

Hanover vs. Anderson statistics