Backcourt fuels season-opening triumph

The Hanover College men’s basketball team’s backcourt combined for 55 points to fuel the Panthers’ 79-61 season-opening victory against Spalding University (Ky.) in Collier Arena.

Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) netted 21 points and dished out six assists to lead Hanover’s attack. Sophomore swingman Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) scored a career-high 16 points and junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) also added 16 points for the Panthers (1-0).

William Barber scored a game-high 23 points and Brandon Goeing added eight points off the bench to pace Spalding (0-3).

Leading by seven points (30-23) with 3:23 left in the opening half, Hanover mounted a 9-0 run during a two-minute stretch to build a 39-23 lead 70 seconds before intermission.

Wehner canned a three-pointer and Bass, who had 15 points in the first half, scored twice from inside and added a three-point play to ignite the burst.

The Panthers maintained the double-digit lead throughout the second period.

Quayshaun Hamilton drilled a three-pointer and Goeing hit three free throws after being fouled on an attempt beyond the arc. The run trimmed Hanover’s cushion to 12 points (56-44) with 12:20 on the clock.

The Panthers countered with a free throw and bucket by freshman forward Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Marks was credited with a basket to nudge the margin to 17 points (61-44) with 11:02 to go.

The Golden Eagles would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way (67-53). Hanover extended the lead to as many as 20 points (77-57) in the closing three minutes.

The Panthers finished with a 44-35 advantage in rebounds. Marks, who also scored 10 points, snagged a game-high nine boards. Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) pulled down a career-best eight rebounds.

Hanover was 26-of-61 from the floor (42.6%) with eight three-pointers The Panthers hit 19-of-27 free throws (70.4%).

Hanover vs. Spalding (Ky.) statistics