The Hanover College men’s basketball program’s nine-game winning streak against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) came to an end with a 57-55 loss in Delhi, Ohio.
Hanover was bumped out of first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with the Panthers’ first setback against Mount St. Joseph since a 79-61 loss to the Lions, Dec. 19, 2008.
Trailing 56-49 with 1:22 to play, Hanover used a jumper by sophomore forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.), a three-pointer from junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) and a Billups’ free throw to trim the margin to 56-55 with just 11 seconds on the clock.
Mount St. Joseph’s Bobby Murdock made 1-of-2 free throws to nudge the Lions’ lead to 57-55 with 10 second to go.
After calling a timeout with four seconds left, the Panthers’ last-second three-point effort was off the mark.
Billups scored a game-high 16 points to lead Hanover. James and freshman pivot Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with 11 points apiece.
Joel Scudder netted 15 points and Murdock added 11 off the bench to spark Mount St. Joseph.
The squads were tied eight times during the game, but Hanover held only a 12-10 lead in the first half and led by just one point on four occasions in the second period.
Sophomore forward Evan Bingham hit two free throws to give the Panthers a 44-43 lead with 10:04 left. It would be Hanover’s last lead of the evening.
The Lions battled to a 54-47 lead with 3:46 left and held the 56-49 advantage before the Panthers’ mounted the last-minute charge.
Hanover dipped to 9-5 overall and 5-2 in the Heartland Conference with the setback.
Mount St. Joseph, coached by former Hanover player and assistant coach, Toby Carrigan, improved to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the league.
The Panthers finished 20-of-50 from the field (40%) and 10-of-15 from the charity stripe (66.7%).
The Lions hit 16-of-42 from the floor (38.1%) and 19-of-23 free throws (82.6%).
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014