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Hanover men dominate Mount 92-61 to stay unbeaten at home
, Courier Sportswriter
Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:00 AM
Hanover College’s Kyle James (above, 22) and Drake Hendricks trap and harass Mount St. Joseph’s Joel Scudder during Wednesday’s men’s basketball game at Collier Arena. Brian Gunter (below) soars over the Lions’ Ken Kunkel for two points. Former Switzerland County Pacer Keegan Kincaid, now a freshman at Mount St. Joseph scored four points in Hanover’s 92-61 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Hanover put on an impressive display in every facet of the game to roll over Mount St. Joseph 92-61 in men's basketball Wednesday at home.
The Panthers shot 63 percent from the floor, got an impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 assists from sophomore Tim Bass and threw down four dunks to remain unbeaten at home this season (10-0) and improve to 25-2 all-time against The Mount.
So total was Hanover's domination in the win that the only question was whether the Panthers would break 100 points for the first time this season. A layup by freshman Quincy Robinson at the 3:23 mark of regulation pushed Hanover to 90 points.
But heavy substituting combined with missed shots resulted in just one more basket for the Panthers, a layup by freshman Ethan Black with just over a minute to play.
Hanover, winners of seven-straight, led 24-15 when senior Brian Gunter followed a Tim Bass miss with a thunderous rebound dunk that brought the home fans to their feet.
Gunter's slam ignited an 18-9 run to close the first half and send the Panthers into the locker room with a 42-24 lead. Part of that run included a second dunk by Drake Hendricks off a fast break.
The Panthers (12-6, 9-2 Heartland) turned the game into a rout early in the second half. Desmond Marks and Hendricks had back-to-back dunks to open the half and Hanover pushed its lead to 31 (70-39) just six minutes in.
The lead reached as many as 33 (92-59) late before the Panthers settled into the 31-point win.
Bass, a sophomore point guard from Indianapolis, was 7-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line for his 20-point total. He also had 10 assists and four steals.
Three other Panthers reached double figures in scoring. Hendricks, a senior from Muncie, had 17 points, Marks had 14 points and eight rebounds and freshman Michael Van Kleunen had 11 points off the bench.
Hanover was 38-for-60 (63.3 percent) from the floor and sot better than 60 percent in each half. The Panthers outrebounded the Mount 31-20, had 19 assists and outscored the Lions 62-38 in the paint.
Former South Dearborn Knight Joel Scudder had 13 points to lead Mount St. Joseph. David Mann added 12. Freshman Keegan Kincaid, a Switzerland County graduate, had four points and a rebound in 10-minutes of action.
The Panthers haven't lost since a five-game losing streak in late December. While Hanover is now 10-0 at home, the Panthers are 1-6 on the road. The road record is significant since five of Hanover's next six games will be played away from Collier Arena.
The Panthers visit Manchester on Saturday.
WEDNESDAY'S MEN'S GAME
HANOVER 92, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 61
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (6-12, 5-6 HCAC) - (g)Scudder 13, (f)Mann 12, Combs 8, Bush 7, (g)Countryman 6, Daniels 5, (f)Kunkel 4, Kincaid 4, (g)Payne 2, Gallenstein 0, Mitchell 0.
HANOVER (12-6, 9-2 HCAC) - (g)Bass 20, (g)Hendricks 17, (f)Gunter 14, Van Kleunen 11, (f)Marks 9, James 7, Wehner 6, (g)Nowicki 3, Black 3, Robinson 2, Steinhart 0, Bingham 0.
Halftime - Hanover 42-24. 3-Point Goals - Mount St. Joseph 3 (Scudder 3), Hanover 5 (Hendricks 2, Wehner 2, James 1). Rebounds - Mount St. Joseph 20 (Mann 5, Daniels 5), Hanover 31 (Gunter 8). Assists - Mount St. Joseph 7 (Payne 2), Hanover 19 (Bass 10). Turnovers - Mount St. Joseph 18, Hanover 10. Total Fouls - Mount St. Joseph 11, Hanover 15. Free Throws - Mount St. Joseph 8-15, Hanover 11-15. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Hanover visits Manchester on Saturday.
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