Hanover rolls in Collier Classic

Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad rolled to a 99-52 victory against Blackburn College (Ill.) in the 21st-annual John R. Collier Classic in Collier Arena.

Junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) made five three-pointers and scored 16 points to lead four Hanover players in double figures. Junior backcourt mate Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) dished out a career-best 11 assists to spark the Panthers (3-0).

Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) netted 14 points. Junior guard Trent Crabtree (Zionsville, Ind.) popped in a career-high 13 points and sophomore forward Quincy Robinson (Nashville, Ind.) added a career-best 10 off the bench as Hanover remained unbeaten in four games against Blackburn.

Hanover scored the first 12 points of the game. James, Van Kleunen and sophomore forward Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) drilled consecutive three-pointers to eventually stretch the advantage to 26 points (39-13) with more than seven minutes left in the half.

The Panthers shot 62.1 percent from the field in the opening period (39-of-69), including eight three-pointers, and held a 50-25 lead at the break. James and Van Kleunen each scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes of action, while Bass handed out eight of his assists, to ignite the attack.

James landed two three-pointers and Van Kleunen scored twice from inside to boost Hanover’s cushion to 32 points (62-30) just four minutes into the second half.

Robinson poured in all 10 of his points to key a late burst by the Panthers’ reserves.

With points from seven different players, the unit powered a 24-6 run during a seven-minute span to expand Hanover’s lead to 49 points (95-46) with fewer than five minutes on the clock.

Chris Davis scored 15 points to pace Blackburn. Matthew Chandler had 13 ponts and Jamie Moore added 11 for the Beavers (0-3).

Hanover vs. Blackburn (Ill.) statistics