Panthers blitz Manchester in Alumni Day tilt

Hanover College’s men’s basketball team sprinted to a 90-50 victory against Manchester University in an Alumni Day clash in Collier Arena.

Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) dropped in 14 points in just 17 minutes off the bench to lead five Hanover players in double figures.

Junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) netted 12 points, sophomore forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and freshman center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) had 11 apiece, and junior forward Jacob Steinhart (Mount Vernon, Ind.) added 10 to propel Hanover to its fourth straight win against Manchester.

Nursing a 29-22 lead with more than five minutes left in the first half, Hanover closed the frame with a 17-4 run to build a 46-26 cushion at the intermission.

Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Ethan Black (Evansville, Ind.) each converted on a pair of drives to the hole and seven different players scored to support the game-altering burst.

Muchmore put in five consecutive points and Van Kleunen followed with four of his own to drive the Panthers’ lead to 29 points (60-31) seven minutes into the second half.

Sophomore forward Evan Bingham (Louisville, Ky.) hit back-to-back buckets from inside and Van Kleunen scored on a chip shot to eventually nudge the margin to 36 points (72-36) with eight and one-half minutes remaining in the contest.

Hanover, now 10-5 overall and 6-2 in the Heartland Conference, forced 21 turnovers and outrebounded the Spartans, 35-29. Six players snagged four or more rebounds. Billups and senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.) led the group with five apiece.

Bass had five steals and ignited the Panthers’ offense with nine assists.

Hanover finished 35-of-63 from the field (55.6%) and hit 14-of-20 free throws (70%).

Manchester slipped to 2-13 overall and 1-7 in the conference.

Nate Feitshans led the Spartans with 11 points.

Hanover vs. Manchester statistics