Panthers roar back to beat Anderson, 64-53

Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad rallied from a double-digit deficit to snap a two-game skid with a 64-53 win on the road against Anderson University.

Junior forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures for Hanover, now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) netted 13 points, while sophomore guard Ethan Black (Evansville, Ind.) scored a career-best 12 points and sophomore swingman V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) had 11 for the second consecutive outing.

Anderson built a 26-13 lead after the opening 12 minutes of action. Hanover, however, outscored the Ravens 17-5 in the final eight minutes of the first half to pull within 31-30 at the break.

Marks scored twice from inside and added a pair of free throws to push the Panthers ahead, 38-34, just three and one-half minutes into the second period.

Billups scored five points as Hanover increased the lead to 12 points (51-39) with nine minutes remaining.

Black, who netted 10 points in the second half, had six points in a six-minute stretch to spark an 11-6 run to give the Panthers a 62-45 margin with just 3:13 to go.

Hanover shot 55.3 percent from the field (21-of-38). The Panthers were 22-of-28 at the charity stripe (78.6%), including a 10-for-12 effort from Marks.

Van Kleunen snatched a game-high seven rebounds to help Hanover edge the Ravens, 25-23, on the glass.

Max Mollaun scored a game-high 26 points to lead Anderson, which fell to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in the HCAC with the loss.

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