Hanover College’s men’s basketball team was bumped out of a four-way tie for first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 59-51 loss in overtime at Defiance College (Ohio).
Tied at 48-48 early in the extra session, Defiance surged ahead 54-48 with 1:22 on the clock. Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) cut the margin in half on a three-pointer with 1:09 left, but the Panthers were 0-for-3 from the floor the rest of the way.
Bass posted game highs with 21 points and four assists to lead Hanover, now 11-6 overall and 7-3 in the Heartland Conference.
Bernard Edwards had 19 points for Defiance, which raised its record to 12-4 overall and 8-2 in the HCAC.
After shooting better than 52 percent in five of its last six outings, Hanover was 22-of-63 from the field (34.9%) and hit only 2-of-15 three-point attempts (13.3%). The Panthers made 5-of-7 free throws (71%), but were outscored 20-5 at the charity stripe.
Defiance, which has lost six of its last eight against Hanover, led 27-19 late in the first half and had a 29-21 cushion in the opening minute of the second period.
Bass scored six points to key an 11-1 run which allowed the Panthers to take a 32-30 lead with 11:21 on the clock.
Hanover eased ahead 39-34 with 8:28 to go, but the Yellow Jackets chipped away at the margin and forged a 40-40 tie with fewer than five minutes to play in regulation.
The teams went nearly three minutes without a point down the stretch. Defiance, however, eventually grabbed a 46-44 lead on a three-pointer with 45 seconds left.
Hanover worked the clock and junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) was just off the mark with a jumper in the closing seconds. Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio), camped under the bucket, collected the rebound and scored from point-blank range with 5.5 seconds left to force the overtime.
Published Saturday, January 25, 2014