Hanover College's men's basketball team lost to Taylor 77-63 in the opening game of the Charles Zimmerman Classic Friday in Springfield, Ohio.

Hanover trailed 23-22 with four minutes left in the first half before Taylor closed the period with a 13-5 run to build a 36-27 lead at the break.

Brian Gunter hit a pair of baskets to pull the Panthers within 38-33 just 90 seconds into the second half. The Trojans countered with a 3-pointer from Ben Raichel and a bucket by Nate Kasper to nudge the margin to 43-33 with 16:37 on the clock.

Tim Bass scored twice from inside and Gunter drained a 3-pointer as the Panthers shaved the lead to 50-44. Ryan Nowicki later hit from beyond the arc to keep Hanover within seven points (56-49) with 8:14 on the clock.

Casey Coons scored six of his 13 points in the next four minutes as Taylor used a 10-1 run to build a 66-50 lead with 3:55 left.

Nowicki scored nine points down the stretch, but the Panthers could not cut the lead to single digits.

Hanover, which committed just eight turnovers, finished the outing 22-of-58 from the floor (37.9 percent). The Panthers made 7-of-24 attempts (29.2 percent) from long range.

Nowicki scored 16 points to lead Hanover. Bass had 13 points while Gunter added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Kasper posted a game-high 23 points and added eight rebounds to pace Taylor. Tommy Peller added 18 points for the Trojans (9-5).

Hanover, now 5-5 on the season, faces either host Wittenberg or Bethany (W.Va.) in the consolation game today.

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FRIDAY'S MEN'S GAME

CHARLES ZIMMERMAN CLASSIC

at Springfield, Ohio

TAYLOR 77, HANOVER 63



HANOVER (5-5) - Nowicki 16, Bass 13, Gunter 11, Marks 7, Hendricks 4, Wehner 3, Steinhart 3, Bingham 3, Van Kleunen 3, James 0, Black 0.



TAYLOR (9-5) - Kasper 23, Peller 18, Coons 13, Raichel 11, Jordan 7, Waite 5, Riikonen 0, Dutcher 0.



Halftime - Taylor 36-27. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 7 (Nowicki 2, Wehner 1, Gunter 1, Marks 1, Bingham 1, Steinhart 1), Taylor 7 (Raichel 3, Peller 2, Coons 1, Waite 1). Rebounds - Hanover 34 (Gunter 7), Taylor 40 (Kasper 8). Assists - Hanover 7 (Bass 6), Taylor 12 (Jordan 3, Peller 3). Total Fouls - Hanover 18, Taylor 13. Free Throws - Hanover 12-15, Taylor 16-21. Fouled Out - None.