Madison Courier 10K Walk/Run
Letters To The Editor
News & Record
Carroll County Detention Center
Jefferson Circuit Court
Jefferson Superior Court
Real Estate Transfers
Health Department Inspections
Civil War Sesquicentennial
Hanover men edge Transy to reach HCAC championship
Courier Sports Staff
Saturday, February 23, 2013 4:00 AM
Hanover College moved a game closer to securing a bid in the NCAA Division III basketball tourney with an 87-82 win over Transylvania University in the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament.
The Panthers matched their season high from beyond the arc with 14 3-pointers and outscored the Pioneers 21-13 at the foul line to advance to tonight's HCAC championship against defending tourney champ Rose-Hulman, a 81-59 winner over Defiance in Friday's second semifinal.
Ryan Nowicki, a senior guard from Westfield, sank two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Hanover an 85-82 lead, then blocked a 3-point attempt at the other end of the floor to help secure the Panthers' sixth berth in the league tourney's championship game.
Brian Gunter, a senior from Louisville, Ky., led five Hanover players in double figures. Gunter scored 20 points, including two free throws with 1.5 seconds left for the final margin.
Tim Bass, a sophomore guard from Indianapolis, just missed a double-double for Hanover had 18 points and nine assists, while Desmond Marks, a sophomore center from Bloomington, added a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Drake Hendricks, a senior guard from Muncie, scored a dozen for the Panthers and Nowicki finished with 11 as the Panthers improved to 18-8 on the season.
Transylvania 6-foot-4 senior forward Ethan Spurlin, a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American as a junior, poured in a game-high 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds while senior guard Barrett Meyer added 17 as the Pioneers close out the season at 20-7.
Hanover shot 49 percent from the floor (26-of-53) including 14-of-32 from beyond the arc (44 percent). Transylvania was 32-of-61 from the field (53 percent), but just 5-of-20 on 3-pointers (25 percent).
The contest was the first HCAC tourney meeting between Hanover and Transylvania and gave the Panthers a 3-0 sweep over the Pioneers in 2012-13. Transylvania was an at-large qualifier to the Division III national tourney last year after finishing as runner-up to Rose-Hulman in the HCAC tournament.
The Panthers and Engineers will tip off at 7 p.m. today at Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute where the winner will earn the HCAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
at Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute
HANOVER 87, TRANSYLVANIA 82
TRANSYLVANIA (20-7) - (f)Spurlin 27, (g)Meyer 17, (f)Rash 16, Beuttel 11, (g)Cox 9, Botkin 2, (f)Stansberry 0, Sirkin 0, Fudge 0.
HANOVER (18-8) - (f)Gunter 20, (g)Bass 18, (f)Marks 14, (g)Hendricks 12, (g)Nowicki 11, Wehner 9, James 3, Van Kleunen 0, Bingham 0.
Halftime - Hanover 43-42. 3-Point Goals - Transylvania 5 (Beuttel 3, Meyer 1, Cox 1), Hanover 14 (Nowicki 3, Hendricks 3, Bass 3, Wehner 3, Gunter 1, James 1). Free Throws - Transylvania 13-19 (68%), Hanover 21-26 (81%). Total Fouls - Transylvania 23, Hanover 17. Fouled Out - Transylvania (Rash), Hanover (None). Technical Fouls - None. Assists - Transylvania 13 (Spurlin 5), Hanover 17 (Bass 9). Rebounds - Transylvania 32 (Spurlin 8), Hanover 29 (Marks 13). Steals - Transylvania 7 (Botkin 2), Hanover 9 (Hendricks 4, Bass 3). Turnovers - Transylvania 11, Hanover 14. Next Game - Transylvania's season ends, Hanover plays winner of Rose-Hulman-Defiance in HCAC champiopnship game at 7 p.m. today in Terre Haute.
Please fill out the form below to submit a comment.
A comment must be approved by our staff before it will displayed on the website.
© 2015 The Madison Courier 310 Courier Square, Madison, IN 47250 (812) 265-3641 (800) 333-2885
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved