Hanover College built a big first-half lead and cruised to a 63-45 win over Earlham in men’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball Wednesday at home.

The Panthers led 37-18 at halftime and although they were outscored in the second half by one, still won the game comfortably.

Cam Fails scored 16 points and added four assists and four steals to lead Hanover while Isaac Hibbard and Kevin Williams scored 12 points each. The Panthers shot only 38 percent (24-for-63) from the floor but forced 18 Earlham turnovers.

Qawi Rucker scored 15 points to lead Earlham, which shot 30 percent (17-for-56) overall.

Hanover, now 17-5 overall and 12-3 HCAC, maintained its one-game lead over Rose-Hulman and Transylvania in the conference standings. The Panthers host Manchester today and then wrap up the Heartland Conference and regular seasons at Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and at Defiance (Ohio) on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Nall scores 1,000th career point in win at Earlham

Hanover’s Alexis Nall notched her 1,000th career point as a Panther as Hanover outscored Earlham by 15 points over the middle two quarters to hold on for a 59-48 win in women’s basketball Wednesday in Richmond.

Nall, junior from Mount Vernon, reached the milestone on a layup with 9:02 left in the third quarter — becoming the 15th women’s basketball player in Hanover history to achieve that — with a team-leading double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds.

She scored on another layup with 40 seconds left in the game to end her night with 1,002 career points.

Nall averages 18.4 points and 9.5 rebounds a game this season.

The two teams played even 17-17 in the first quarter and Earlham won the fourth 16-12. But in between, Hanover outscored its hosts 15-7 in the second and 15-8 in the third for the win.

The Panthers were dealt a major blow last weekend when junior forward Maleha Motter left the program unexpectantly. Motter, a 6-foot-1 forward from Danville, was averaging 15 points and 11.7 rebounds per game this season with 15 double-doubles.

Avery Chezem scored 13 points off the bench for Hanover and Switzerland County’s Brooke Todd had eight points and five assists.

Zoe Curtis led Earlham with 19 points.

Hanover, now 15-7 overall and 11-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, hosts Manchester today.

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WEDNESDAY’S MEN’S GAME

at Hanover

HANOVER 63, EARLHAM 45



EARLHAM (6-16, 5-10 HCAC) — (f)Rucker 15, (g)Stalling 8, (g)Barnes 6, Hubbard 6, (f)Hutchison 5, Wilkerson 5, (g)Phillips 0, Camarillo 0, Lewis 0, Galloway 0, Waire 0, Mosher 0, Eldosougi 0, Sanborn 0, Bonin 0, Slain 0, Sakaleros 0.

HANOVER (17-5, 12-3 HCAC) — (g)Fails 16, (g)Hibbard 12, (f)K. Williams 12, (f)Weimer 11, (g)Robertson 4, Reed 4, Garcia 3, Washburn 1, N. Williams 0, Ratts 0, Delio 0, Harp 0, Bray 0, Stewart 0.



Halftime — Hanover 37-18. 3-Point Goals — Earlham 2 (Stalling 1, Wilkerson 1), Hanover 4 (Hibbard 2, Weimer 1, Garcia 1). Rebounds — Earlham 42 (Rucker 8), Hanover 42 (K. Williams 8, Reed 8). Assists — Earlham 5 (Five with one), Hanover 11 (Fails 4). Turnovers — Earlham 18, Hanover 8. Total Fouls — Earlham 17, Hanover 13. Free Throws — Earlham 9-13, Hanover 11-17. Fouled Out — None.

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WEDNESDAY’S WOMEN’S GAME

at Richmond

HANOVER 59, EARLHAM 48



HANOVER 17 15 15 12 — 59

EARLHAM 17 7 8 16 — 48



HANOVER (15-7, 11-4 HCAC) — (f)Nall 15, Chezem 13, Mills 9, (g)Todd 8, (f)Courtney 6, (g)Hartman 4, (g)Cromer 2, Bivins 2, Messmore 0, Kallmeyer 0.

EARLHAM (8-14, 6-9 HCAC) — (f)Curtis 19, (g)White 11, Spears 10, (g)Bowling 5, (g)McFarland 2, Newhart 1, (g)Tenette 0, Weisner 0, Joseph 0, Krodel 0.



3-Point Goals — Hanover 2 (Todd 2), Earlham 3 (Spears 2, Bowling 1). Rebounds — Hanover 45 (Nall 15), Earlham 37 (Curtis 14). Assists — Hanover 14 (Todd 5), Earlham 11 (Bowling 4). Turnovers — Hanover 15, Earlham 16. Total Fouls — Hanover 17, Earlham 17. Free Throws — Hanover 15-22, Earlham 7-12. Fouled Out — None.