Three-point barrage gives Panthers 93-63 win at Rose-Hulman

Wes McKinney shoots a three pointer


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team made a season high 15 three-point attempts, en route to a 93-63 victory at Rose-Hulman on Wednesday evening.

The Panthers (10-1) have now won seven consecutive games overall, and are off to a 5-0 start in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The loss drops the Engineers to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the HCAC.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) was the main source of three-point shooting for HC, making 7-of-10 attempts from behind the arc. McKinney finished the contest with a game high 28 points, while also tying for the team lead in rebounds with six.

Returning to action for the first time since Dec. 3, sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) drained three shots from behind the arc, scoring 14 points to pace the Panthers in bench scoring. Overall, the HC bench outscored the RHIT non-starters 32-28.

Hanover experienced a balanced scoring attack as eight players posted at least five points in the contest. Freshman Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) joined McKinney and Fails in double figures, logging 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Ratts also posted three assists and two steals.

Junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) led the Panthers with six assists, giving him a new season high. Classmate Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded six rebounds to tie for the team lead.

The opening seven minutes of play were tightly contested, but an 11-2 HC run gave the Panthers their first double digit lead of the night at 24-14 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

Rose-Hulman fought back and trailed HC 39-34, with just over one minute remaining in the opening half. The Panthers however, went on to score five of the final seven points in the first half and the first eight points of the second stanza to grow its lead to 52-36 with 17:50 remaining.

Hanover continued to extend its lead throughout the closing minutes of the game, leading by as many as 31 points after a three pointer from freshman Zach Anderson (Martinsville, Ind.) made it 93-62 in favor of HC.

The Panthers were outrebounded 30-29, with both teams recording eight offensive rebounds. Despite being on the short end on the glass, HC outscored the Engineers 11-4 in second chance points.

Hanover has now won four games this season by at least 30 points. The Blue and Red have recorded the lopsided margin of victory in two straight games and three times in their past five appearances.

With an overall shooting percentage of .534, HC has now shot over 50 percent in each of its past five games. Hanover’s .536 shooting clip (15-28) from three-point range marks a new season high as well.

The Panthers will look to match their longest winning streak since the 2003-04 season, at eight games, when they travel to face Earlham at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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