Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad cut a 25-point deficit to six points through the final 12 minutes, but lost to Ohio Wesleyan University, 88-79, in Delaware, Ohio.
Trailing 71-46 with 11:29 left in the contest, Hanover mounted a 33-14 run to creep within 85-79 with just 33 seconds left in the contest. Ohio Wesleyan converted 3-of-4 free throws in the closing 30 seconds to seal the Panthers' first setback of the season.
Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored a season-high 27 points to lead Hanover. Sophomore forward Evan Bingham (Louisville, Ky.) netted a career-best 14 points and sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) added 11 for the Panthers, now 3-1 this season.
Reuel Rogers posted 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to pace five Ohio Wesleyan players in double figures. Taylor Rieger had 19 points for the Battling Bishops (4-1).
Ohio Wesleyan led by as many as 16 points in the first half (46-30) before Hanover trimmed the margin to 46-34 at the break.
The Panthers remained within 14 points (54-40) after junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored from inside with 17:13 to play.
The Battling Bishops countered with three three-pointers to power a 15-4 run during a five-minute span to increase the lead to 25 points at 69-44 with more than 12 minutes left in the tilt.
Hanover trailed 71-46 before mounting its final charge down the stretch.
Bass scored 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and the Panthers got four points apiece from Bingham and sophomore swingman V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) to trim the margin to six points (85-79) in the final minute.
Forced to send Ohio Wesleyan to the line, the Battling Bishops hit three from the charity stripe in the closing 30 seconds to hold off the Panthers.
Hanover missed its last three attempts from the floor, with two coming in the final seven seconds.
The Panthers finished the contest 31-of-70 from the field (44.3%) with a 6-of-17 effort from beyond the arc (35.3%).
Ohio Wesleyan hit 33-of-77 field goals (42.9%), including 13 three-pointers.
The Battling Bishops earned a 48-38 rebounding advantage.
Junior forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) led Hanover with seven boards.
Published Saturday, November 30, 2013