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Hanover's win streak halted by Blueboys
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, December 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Hanover men's basketball's three-game win streak came to a screeching halt on Sunday, falling to Illinois College 88-81 in the opening game of the "Mose" Hole/Kiwanis Classic in Wooster, Ohio.
The Panthers drained nine 3-pointers while shooting a sizzling 34-of-68 from the field for 50 percent but the free-throw line decided the game. Hanover went to the line just six times, making 4-of-6 while Illinois shot 35 free throws and hit 28-of-35 for 80 percent.
Hanover led 40-39 at halftime but the Blueboys scored 23 seconds into the second half to grab a 41-40 lead and never trailed again. Trailing 58-48 at the 13:35 mark, Hanover's Matt Wehner hit back-to-back 3-pointers to launch a 12-4 run that concluded with two buckets in the post by freshman Corey Muchmore.
The Panthers trailed by just one with 5:39 to go but Illinois answered with a 10-2 run and built its lead back up to nine at 81-72. Jacob Rieger scored two buckets, Muchmore added a two and junior guard Tim Bass hit a 3-pointer to pull Hanover to within three with 14 seconds remaining but the Blueboys' Brandon Berry hit four straight free-throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the 88-81 win.
Hanover put four players in double figures. Wehner led the way with 17 points while Muchmore scored 16, Kyle James added 12 points and Bass scored 10.
Illinois (5-3) got a monster game from center Brandon Berry. Berry recorded a double-double with 35 points on 10-of-12 shooting to go with 11 rebounds. Zeke Light came off the bench to score 19 points while Nathan Kohler added 10.
Hanover (6-3) faces tournament host Wooster today. Wooster is currently ranked second in the latest NCAA Division III poll.
"MOSE" HOLE/KIWANIS CLASSIC
at Wooster, Ohio
ILLINOIS 88, HANOVER 81
HANOVER (6-3) - (f)Wehner 17, (c)Muchmore 16, (g)James 12, (g)Bass 10, Bingham 8, Robinson 6, Rieger 5, Black 5, (f)Van Kleunen 2, Billups 0, Steinhart 0.
ILLINOIS (5-3) - (c)Berry 35, Light 19, (f)Kohler 10, (g)Campbell 9, (g)Irvin 5, (f)Mars 4, Smith 4, Johnson 2, Stelzrlede 0.
Halftime - Hanover 40-39. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 9 (Wehner 5, James 2, Bass 1, Black 1), Illinois 10 (Berry 4, Light 3, Campbell 2, Irvin 1). Rebounds - Hanover 25 (James 7), Illinois 37 (Berry 11). Assists - Hanover 18 (Bass 8), Illinois 14 (Kohler 8). Turnovers - Hanover 5, Illinois 10. Total Fouls - Hanover 21, Illinois 12. Free Throws - Hanover 4-6, Illinois 28-35. Next Game - Hanover faces No. 2 Wooster today. Illinois faces Thiel today at Wooster.
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