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McKinney nets 22, but Panthers fall in overtime

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) hit a three-pointer with :01 remaining in regulation to force overtime, but the Hanover College men’s basketball team fell to Transylvania University (Ky.), 84-78, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match in Collier Arena.

McKinney scored a team-high 22 points, while snagging eight rebounds. Senior swingman V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) also grabbed eight boards along with 12 points.

The Panthers, who led by as much as eight points in the first half, held a 38-32 lead at intermission. McKinney hit 3-of-6 from three-point range to score 13 points in the first half.

Classmate Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) dished four of his career-high seven assists in the first period.

The Panthers quickly built a 49-40 lead on two consecutive baskets by freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) with 15:32 to play.

Transylvania answered with their own rally, using a 17-8 run to tie Hanover 57-57 at the 6:24 mark.

Trailing 61-60 with 4:16 remaining in regulation, senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) sank a three. McKinney was fouled while the ball was in the air and converted two free throws to give the Panthers a four-point cushion, 65-61.

The Pioneers answered on the ensuing possession, but Van Kleunen hit another trey give the Panthers their largest lead (68-63) since the 10:43 mark.

Over the next several possessions, Transylvania slipped through the Panthers' defense and the Hanover lead diminished.

Two free throws eventually gave Transylvania a 71-68 lead before the McKinney trey forced overtime.

Both teams struggled to score early in overtime before a 6-0 Transylvania run forced the Panthers to foul. The Pioneers hit 9-of-`5 free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

Van Kleuenen scored 14 points, while center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored nine off the bench.

Hanover hit 14-of-18 free throws (77.8%) while shooting 17-of-62 (43.5%) from the field.

The Panthers fall to 10-10 overall and 8-5 in Heartland Conference play.

Theobald led the Pioneers with a game-high 24 points, while three others reached double digits.

Transylvania improves to 8-12 overall and 7-6 in Heartland league games.

Hanover vs. Transylvania (Ky.) statistics

Hanover will host Manchester University in a Heartland Conference clash, Saturday, Feb. 6. The game will begin at 5 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Panthers clipped late at Transylvania

A second-half rally put the Hanover College women’s basketball team back in the contest, but the Panthers ultimately lost to Transylvania University (Ky.), 89-84, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Lexington, Ky.

Senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) scored 17 points to lead four Hanover players in double figures. Freshman forward Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman guard Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 14 points apiece, while sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) added 13 points.

The Panthers trailed 45-36 at halftime and faced a 61-50 deficit with five minutes left in the third period. The squad, behind nine points by Malloy, closed the quarter with an 18-5 run to sneak into a 68-66 lead heading into the fourth period.

Hanover and Transylvania were tied three times in the first seven minutes of the final frame, including a 79-79 deadlock after a three-pointer from freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.).

The Pioneers (14-6; 10-3 HCAC) surged ahead 83-79 with 1:23 left before Walker canned two free throws to trim the margin to 83-81 at the 1:01 mark.

Transylvania jumped ahead 87-81 with 23 seconds on the clock. However, senior guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) drained a three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to make a one-possession game.

The Pioneers picked up a turnover with 10 seconds to go and used a pair of late free throws for the final margin.

Hanover (8-12; 4-9 HCAC) posted its second-highest field-goal percentage of the season, canning 33-of-69 field-goal attempts (47.8%) with a season-best 11 three-pointers (11-of-21).

Malloy dished out a season-high seven assists.

Nash and Cromer led the Panthers on the glass with five rebounds apiece.

Hanover @ Transylvania (Ky.) statistics

Hanover returns to the hardwood, Saturday, Feb. 6, with a Heartland Conference game against Manchester University. The squads will tip off at 3 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Hubbard captures HCAC weekly honor

Junior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s field athlete of the week for her record-setting performance at the University of Indianapolis Track & Field Challenge, Jan. 29.

Hubbard, the only NCAA Division III athlete in the field, set a Hanover record with 2,997 points to win the pentathlon. She recorded career bests in two of the five events. Her effort currently ranks ninth in NCAA DIII.

Hubbard set a personal best in the high jump with a 1.49-meter leap, the fifth-best indoor jump in Hanover history. She had the event’s top mark in the shot put, 10.01 meters, which also ranks fifth in school history. She matched her season-best with a five-meter leap in the long jump, covered the 60-meter hurdles in 10.15 seconds and posted a time of 2:36.49 in the 800-meter run.

Hanover returns to action Friday, Feb. 5, at the DePauw University Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.

Feldmann breaks two records in season debut

Senior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) broke two school records to highlight several strong sprint performances at the Rose-Human Institute of Technology Engineer Invitational.

Feldman started the day by winning the 400-meter dash, running 50.28 seconds to break Andy Orem’s 2012 record of 50.50. The mark currently ranks 23rd in NCAA Division III.

Feldmann followed this mark by breaking the 200-meter record co-held by Orem and Kris Jenkins. Running in the third heat, Feldmann broke free of the pack early in the race and cruised to the win. His time of 23.22 seconds bested the duo’s 23.39 record and placed second overall in the invitational.

Junior sprinter Enrico Franchini (Sao Paolo, Brazil) also won his heat in a season-best 23.35 seconds, placing fourth overall. Franchini narrowly missed his life-time best of 23.35 and ranks fourth in Hanover history in the event.

Franchini also placed sixth in the 60-meter dash, running a personal-best 7.27 seconds.

The Panthers return to action Friday at the DePauw Invitational, in Greencastle, Ind., at 6 p.m.

Hubbard pentathlon earns national rank

Several Hanover track & field athletes turned in record-breaking marks, competing in two different invitationals over the weekend.

On Friday evening, junior multi-events specialist Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) won the University of Indianapolis Track & Field Challenge pentathlon with a school record 2997 points. Hubbard, the only NCAA Division III athlete in the field recorded career-bests in two events and now ranks ninth in NCAA DIII in the event.

Hubbard began the day running 10.15 in the 60m hurdles.

She followed by recording a personal-best in the high jump, leaping 1.49-meters, the fifth-best indoor jump in Hanover history.

Hubbard continued her career day, heaving the top mark in the shot put with a 10.01-meter toss. That effort ranks fifth in school history.

She then matched her season-best with a 5.00-meter leap in the long jump and finished the day with a 2:36.49 in the 800-meter run.

Two freshman followed Hubbard’s record breaking day with one of their own at the Rose-Human Institute of Technology Engineer Invitational.

Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) both cleared 3.08-meters (10’01.25”) to reset the record they broke in their first collegiate competition last week.

The Panthers return to action Friday at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind. at 6:00 pm.

McKinney’s career high, second-half burst fuel road victory

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) poured in a career-high 27 points to spark the Hanover College’s men’s basketball team to a 78-65 triumph at Defiance College (Ohio).

Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) scored 14 points and classmate Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) had 10 as Hanover’s front line combined for 61 of the Panthers’ 78 points. Freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) added 11 points.

Hanover trailed 38-37 at the intermission and the squads were tied at 42-42 two minutes into the second half. The Panthers, however, used a 20-4 burst during a seven-minute span to bolt into a 62-46 lead with 11 minutes left in the contest. McKinney and Billups each scored six points during the decisive run.

Defiance (10-9; 8-4 HCAC) cut the margin to eight points with 6:27 left (66-58) and remained within eight at 68-60 with 4:54 to play.

Sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) hit a jumper and McKinney followed with two free throws to nudge the Panthers’ lead to 72-60 with 3:57 on the clock.

Hanover’s cushion never dipped into single digits again.

The Panthers turned in their second-best outing from the field this winter, shooting 56.6 percent from the floor (30-of-53) with an 8-of-18 effort from three-point range (44.4%).

McKinney led Hanover’s effort on the glass with eight rebounds, while Billups grabbed seven boards.

The Panthers, which have won seven of their last 10 outings, improved to 10-9 overall with the victory. The squad is now 8-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Hanover @ Defiance (Ohio) statistics

Hanover will host Transylvania University (Ky.), Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Collier Arena. The HCAC battle will start at 7:30 p.m.

Fourth-quarter drought keys loss at Defiance

A cold spell during a six-minute stretch to open the fourth quarter doomed Hanover College's women’s basketball team in a 76-68 loss to Defiance College (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt at Defiance, Ohio.

Tied 52-52 after three periods, Hanover made just two of its first 10 shots from the floor in the final frame. The drought allowed Defiance to pull ahead, 69-60, with four minutes left in the contest.

The Panthers battled behind freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.), who nailed a three-pointer and added two free throws to help the squad trim the deficit to 69-66 with 2:50 on the clock.

Sophomore center Julia Miller (Hartsville, Ind.) scored from inside to keep Hanover within 72-68 with 35 seconds to go. The Yellow Jackets, however, hit four free throws down the stretch - while the Panthers were off the mark on two field-goal attempts - to seal the result.

Miller scored 14 points in 23 minutes off the bench to lead four Hanover players in double figures. Cromer finished with 13 points, sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) had 11 points and sophomore guard Maci Maupin (Walton, Ind.) added 10.

Nash led the Panthers on the glass with seven boards, while freshman guard Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) handed out a season-high six assists.

Hanover was 25-of-64 from the floor (39.1%), including a 15-of-32 effort in the first half (46.9%). The Panthers were 4-of-14 in the decisive fourth quarter (28.5%).

With the setback, Hanover dipped to 8-11 overall and 4-8 in the Heartland Conference. Defiance, meanwhile, improved to 5-14 overall and 4-8 in the league.

Hanover @ Defiance (Ohio) statistics

Hanover will face Transylvania University (Ky.), Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Lexington, Ky. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Four hit double figures, but Hanover falls at RHIT

Four players reached double-digits, but the Hanover College men’s basketball team fell 75-70 to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) led the Panthers with 19 points, four assists, three steals and a game-high nine rebounds. Billups tallied double-digit point totals for the fourth straight game.

The Panthers offense jumped out to an 11-4 lead at the 14:41 mark behind a trio of three-point shooters.

Freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) first cracked the scoring column for the Panthers. Sophomore Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) and classmate Landon Perry followed with treys of their own to spark the rally.

Rose-Hulman answered with a run of their own to pull within 15-14 at the 10:17 mark.

Both teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half with Luke Callahan bucket with :03 left giving the Engineers a 32-31 lead at intermission.

Rose-Hulman started the second half by hitting six free throws in the first five minutes to secure a 42-37 lead.

Junior center Corey Muchmore scored on a contested layup in the lane and converted the free throw to pull Hanover within two (42-40) at the 14:57 mark.

The teams would tie twice more in the half before a Billups layup put Hanover ahead 62-61 with 3:19 remaining.

The Panthers could not capitalize and the Engineers hit on three consecutive possessions securing 68-62 lead with only :26 left in the game.

Fails answered with a layup, but the Panthers were forced to foul in hopes of regaining possession and the margin grew out of reach.

Fails scored 10 points and dished three assists from the point guard position, while sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) added 12 points and three assists.

Reserve guard Landon Perry (Madison, Ind.) scored 11 points off the bench, including three free throws with :13 left in the game.

Hanover hit 24-of-59 (40.7%) from the field, but struggled from three-point range, hitting 25 percent (5-of-20).

The loss drops Hanover's record to 9-9 overall and 7-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Panthers are now in a three-way tie for third in the league.

Hanover scored 32 points in the paint and forced 13 turnovers, but lost the rebounding battle, 39-30.

Dillon Reynolds led Rose-Hulman with 23 points as the Engineers improve to 10-8 and 7-4 in the HCAC.

Hanover @ Rose-Hulman statistics

The Panthers return to action Saturday, Jan. 30, at Defiance College (Ohio). The HCAC contest will start at 3 p.m.

Panthers fade late in loss to Rose-Hulman

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad was outscored 31-16 through the final 13 and one-half minutes of action in an 80-63 loss to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Collier Arena.

Sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) led Hanover with 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guards Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored nine points apiece, while sophomore guard Whitney Wilson (Springville, Ind.) and freshman forward Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.) each tallied nine points off the bench.

The Panthers shot just 31.3 percent from the field in the outing (20-of-64) with three three-pointers. The squad was 20-of-27 from the foul stripe (74.1%).

Hanover trailed 40-32 at halftime, but opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run to bolt into a 43-42 lead with 6:16 left in the frame. The squad, however, scored just four points through the next six minutes as Rose-Hulman mounted a 15-4 run to surge into a 57-47 lead and eventually stake the 62-52 advantage heading into the fourth period.

The Engineers, winners of 10 straight games, held a 69-58 lead with four minutes to play and capped the game with an 11-5 burst for the final margin.

Hanover fell to 8-10 overall and 4-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with the setback. Rose-Hulman, meanwhile, is now 15-3 overall and 9-2 in the Heartland Conference.

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman statistics

Hanover will face Defiance College (Ohio), Saturday, Jan. 30, in a Heartland Conference tilt. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.

Panthers fall in triple overtime

Six players reached double digit scoring and three overtimes were needed to declare a victor before the Hanover College men’s basketball team fell to Anderson University, 106-100, in Collier Arena in Hanover, Ind.

Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) led the Panthers in scoring for the second consecutive game, tallying 23 points and nine rebounds.

Billups scored nine points in the first half and classmate Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) added seven of his 16 points during the same period, but the Panthers entered intermission trailing 33-31.

A Nathaniel Acree three-pointer at the 17:27 mark pushed the Ravens to an early 38-33 lead, but two consecutive baskets in the paint by junior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore guard Landon Perry (Madison, Ind.) trey tied the game 40-40 with 15:56 remaining in the half.

The teams traded buckets for rest of regulation with Billups sinking a jumper in the lane with :03 remaining to knot the score at 70-70 and force overtime.

The offensive slugfest continued in the first overtime with both teams countering scores by the opposing squad.

Freshman point guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) sank two free throws with 1:15 remaining push the Panthers to an 82-78 lead.

Anderson hit two free throws of their own to cut the lead to two before fouling Panther forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.).

McKinney converted one of two shots from the charity stripe to give Hanover a 83-80 lead with :39 to play.

Any victory celebrations by the exuberant Panther crowd was quickly silenced as Trevor Lucas answered with a three-pointer to force a second overtime.

Consecutive treys by Fails and McKinney sparked the Panthers' offense in the second overtime period, but Anderson rallied and claimed a slim 90-91 lead with 1:29 to play.

Billups sank a free throw with :05 remaining and the game went to a third overtime.

The teams continued to trade baskets before Anderson used a 7-2 run to claim a 102-97 lead.

Perry hit a free throw and sophomore guard Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored on a fast-break play to pull the Panthers within two (100-102).

Stanley Duncan, the game-high scorer with 33 points, scored in the lane and a Hanover turnover forced the Panthers to foul, putting the game out of reach.

The game saw 20 lead changes and 23 ties.

Hanover scored 56 points in the paint and enjoyed a 43-39 rebounding advantage.

Fails scored 15 points, while McKinney added ten.

Muchmore and Perry scored 14 and 12 off the bench, as Hanover tallied 34 bench points to Anderson’s 12.

The Panthers fall to 9-8 overall, but their 7-3 record is third in the Heartland Conference standings.

Anderson improves to 9-8 overall and 5-5 in Heartland play.

Hanover vs. Anderson statistics

Hanover returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.