Hanover College’s men’s basketball team lost to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 70-56, in the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 25 points and classmate Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 10 for Hanover, which slipped to 19-9 overall with the setback.
Julian Strickland netted a game-high 26 points and Jimmy Miller had 20 for Rose-Hulman, which snags the HCAC’s automatic berth in the NCAA III tourney with a 22-5 mark.
Bass scored 12 points in the first half and the teams capped the first 20 minutes in a 26-26 deadlock.
Rose-Hulman, behind a 12-1 run to start the second frame and 15 points from Strickland, stretched the margin to 14 points (47-33) with 12 minutes left in the contest.
The Engineers held the double-digit advantage until fewer than two minutes remained in the contest.
Bass, who converted a three-point play and scored twice from inside, tallied seven straight points in a 22-second span to trim the deficit to 65-56 with 1:25 still to play.
With Hanover forced to foul, Rose-Hulman made five free throws in the closing minute. The Panthers, meanwhile, were off the mark on three field goal attempts to seal the outcome.
Hanover was 22-of-46 from the floor (47.8%), but made just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Panthers were 10-of-19 from the foul stripe (52.6%).
The Engineers hit 23-of-42 field goals (54.8%) with five three-pointers. The squad also canned 19-of-25 free throws (76%).
Rose-Hulman out-rebounded Hanover 26-24.
Sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) led the Panthers with five boards off the bench. James and sophomore forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) each grabbed four.
Published Saturday, March 1, 2014