The Hanover College men’s basketball team shot better than 70 percent from the floor in the second half to outrun Franklin College, 80-65. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win improves the Panthers' record to 13-7 overall and 9-4 in the HCAC.
In his second game back from an injury, junior center Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.) scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Panthers rode a series of of runs to claim a victory in front of a packed Spurlock Center.
Classmate Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) just missed a triple-double, scoring 15 points, dishing eight assists, and snagging nine rebounds, while sophomore forward V.J. (Jeffersonville, Ind.) added 17 points.
Franklin guard Trae Washington scored the first four points of the game as the Grizzlies jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 2:43 into the game.
Back-to-back buckets by Bass and Marks put the Panthers on the board, but Franklin’s Bailey Howard caught fire and the Panthers trailed 17-5 with 12:08 remaining in the first half.
With the game appearing to tilt in Franklin’s favor, the Panthers roared back with an 11-4 run.
Billups scored on three consecutive possessions and a Bass fastbreak awakened the Hanover faithful,
Bass passed to junior guard Trent Crabtree (Carmel, Ind.) who sank a deep three-pointer pulling the Panthers within 21-16 at the 9:28 mark.
Franklin responded, quickly rebuilding a nine point lead before a Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) trey sparked a 15-9 Hanover run.
Marks would score three times during this run, while Crabtree sank another three-pointer as the Panthers clawed back to claim a 35-33 halftime lead.
While the Panthers only hit 37 percent (13-of-35) from the field in the second half, the second half was a much different story with the team sinking 71.4 (15-21) percent of their shots.
At first, however, the second period began in much the same manner as the first, with the teams trading buckets through the first three minutes.
This quickly changed.
With the Panthers leading 45-42 (16:58), Bass scored on a drive to the basket and senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.) sank a three-pointer to spark a 16-4 Hanover run and securing the lead for good.
Bailey Howard scored seven points in the final 3:37, but the Grizzlies were forced to foul and Hanover hit 7-of-10 from the line to build their lead.
Marks collected a Bass rebound and slammed it home to punctuate the Panther win.
Rieger and James both scored nine points, with James collecting three steals to tie Crabtree for game-high honors.
Hanover outrebounded Franklin 36-28, while forcing 16 turnovers and grabbing 10 steals.
Franklin shot 44.7 (21-47) percent from the field, but only 33.3 (6-18) percent from three-point range as their record falls to 9-11; 6-7 HCAC.
Trae Washington scored a game-high 21 points for the Grizzlies, while Howard added 18.
Published Thursday, February 6, 2014