Panthers hold off Thomas More, 73-72

Hanover College’s men’s basketball team edged Thomas More College (Ky.), 73-72, in a nip-and-tuck battle in Crestview Hills, Ky.

Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) matched his career high with 15 points, junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) netted 14 and junior forward Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) added 12 as Hanover improved to 6-2 overall with the triumph.

Drew Mumford scored a game-high 24 points to spark Thomas More, which dropped to 2-5 this season.

Hanover never trailed in the contest, but led by more than two possessions for just six minutes in the contest.

After leading 44-39 at the half, the Panthers used a 12-2 run during a three-minute span to build a 63-52 cushion at the midpoint of the second period.

Thomas More chipped away at the margin, eventually pulling with 67-65 with 4:45 left in the tilt.

Freshman center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored from inside to nudge Hanover’s lead to 71-67 with 2:34 to play, but the Saints answered with a pair of free throws by Mumford to ease within 71-69 with 2:26 still to go.

Van Kleunen grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a putback to give the Panthers a 73-69 lead with 1:14 remaining.

Thomas More’s Nate McGovney countered with a three-pointer with 56 seconds left to get the Saints within 73-72 and set up a frenzied finish.

Muchmore blocked a Mumford shot from inside the lane and grabbed the rebound with only 10 seconds on the clock to thwart one challenge.

Thomas More also missed potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

Hanover shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor (32-of-56) with eight three-pointers. The Panthers, however, were just 1-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Marks grabbed seven rebounds to help the squad earn a 35-26 advantage on the boards. Van Kleunen, Muchmore and sophomore forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) each had five rebounds.

Bass finished with a game-best seven assists. Marks handed out a career-high five assists.

Hanover at Thomas More (Ky.) statistics