Hanover's four-game win streak against Defiance (Ohio) came to an end Saturday with a 75-58 men's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball loss in Defiance, Ohio.

The conference clash was never more than a two-possession spread before an eight-minute stretch late in the opening half allowed the host Yellow Jackets (3-4, 1-2 HCAC) to get away.

Michael Van Kleunen, a freshman from Mason, Ohio, converted a three-point play to pull Hanover within 21-18 with 8:20 left in the first period. Defiance countered with a 20-6 run over the next seven minutes to sprint ahead 41-24 with a minute left in the half.

The Yellow Jackets held the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Van Kleunen, who has reached double figures in three of his past four games, nailed a 3-pointer to get Hanover within 48-36 with 12:41 left in the game. However, Drew Frizell answered for Defiance with back-to-back 3-pointers in the following minute to bump the margin to 18 points (54-36).

Hanover went on to mount one final charge.

Tim Bass, a sophomore from Indianapolis, scored from inside; Brian Gunter, a senior from Louisville, hit a 3-pointer; and Ryan Nowicki, a senior from Westfield, scored a lay-up on a fast break to cut the Defiance cushion to 56-44 with 8:37 on the clock.

But that was as close as the Panthers would get down the stretch.

Defiance countered with a 12-4 run - behind an eight-point rally by Ryan Hicks - over the next five minutes. The late burst allowed the Yellow Jackets to extend the lead to 68-48 with 3:08 left and lock up the win.

Hanover, which committed just six turnovers, hit 21-of-65 field goals (32.3 percent), but was only 3-of-27 from 3-point range (11.1 percent). Defiance made 29-of-58 from the floor (50 percent), including eight 3-pointers.

Bass scored 11 points and Van Kleunen added 10 off the bench for Hanover. Gunter led the Panthers with seven rebounds, while Jacob Steinhart, a freshman from Mount Vernon, added six boards off the bench.

Frizell netted 17 points to pace the YellowJackets.

Hanover, now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC, visits Rose-Hulman on Saturday.



at Defiance, Ohio


HANOVER (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) - Bass 11, Van Kleunen 10, Gunter 9, Nowicki 8, Marks 7, Wehner 4, Bingham 4, Steinhart 2, Hendricks 2, Robinson 1, Black 0, Kring 0, James 0.

DEFIANCE (3-4, 1-2 HCAC) - Frizell 17, Wolfrum 15, Hicks 15, Roth 10, Tietje 6, Schomaeker 5, Robertson 3, Wooley 2, Carius 2, Fair 0, Browning 0, Smith 0, Bonds 0.

Halftine - Defiance 41-26. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 3 (Gunter 1, Wehner 1, Van Kleunen 1), Defiance 8 (Frizell 5, Robertson 1, Schomaeker 1, Wolfrum 1). Rebounds - Hanover 35 (Gunter 7), Defiance 42 (Hicks 12). Assists - Hanover 12 (James 2, Bass 2), Defiance 13 (Schomaeker 3). Total Fouls - Hanover 14, Defiance 16. Free Throws - Hanover 13-21, Defiance 9-12. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Hanover visits Rose-Hulman Saturday.