No. 2 Wooster outlasts Hanover, 63-53

Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad fell to nationally ranked College of Wooster (Ohio), 63-53, in the final game of the 51st-annual “Mose” Hole/Kiwanis Classic in Wooster, Ohio.

Wooster, ranked No. 2 in the nation, led by as many as 14 points in the first half (24-10) before Hanover eventually whittled the margin to one point (39-38) early in the second period.

The Scots led 35-26 at the break, but junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) landed two three-pointers and sophomore swingman Matt Wehner (Pendleton, Ind.) hit a trey to key a 12-4 run to get the Panthers within 39-38 with 14:41 to play.

Hanover remained within six points through the following 10 minutes. Wooster (10-1), nursing a 50-44 lead, reeled off a 7-1 run during a two-minute span to build a 57-45 advantage with 3:43 left.

Junior forward Jacob Steinhart (Mount Vernon, Ind.) hit a three-pointer to get the Panthers within 60-53 with 31 seconds remaining, but Hanover would get no closer the rest of the way.

James scored 14 points and Wehner finished with 12 to lead the Panthers, now 6-4 this season. Both players earned a spot on the all-classic team.

Xavier Brown paced Wooster with 19 points and Doug Thorpe added 14.

Hanover was 17-of-56 from the field (30.4%), including a 6-of-22 effort from long range (27.3%). The squad connected on 13-of-22 free throws (59.1%).

Wooster made 21-of-53 field goals (39.6%), with seven three-pointers, and hit 14-of-22 free throws (63.6%).

James grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to lead the Panthers on the glass. Freshman center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) pulled down eight boards and senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.) snagged seven to match his season high.

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