Hanover had four players score in double figures and the Panthers raced out to a dominating 86-51 win over Earlham Saturday for their fourth-straight win.

The Panthers, fresh off their win against No. 27 Transylvania on Wednesday, did not have a let down against the Quakers. It showed early as the Panthers built an early lead 25-9 with 13:06 left in the first half.

"With us coming up short against these guys last year, it was a game you wanted to get," Hanover College coach Jon Miller said. "They played a lot of people close in our league. I think the way we're playing with the press, we're getting more possessions in the game, it's more to our advantage. I'm really happy with our performance in the second half, I thought we were able to break it open there."

Hanover's (9-6, 6-2 Heartland) early lead was aided by Drake Hendricks, who hit three of his four 3-pointers during that stretch. Hendricks ended the half with 12-points all from behind the arc.

Earlham (2-13, 1-7 HCAC) came back and sliced the lead to 10 points (30-20) on a Vadial Jett lay-up with 8:06 left in the half.

The teams exchanged buckets over the next several minutes but Hanover was able to increase the lead right before the half for a 40-27 halftime lead.

Hanover forced 13 turnovers and took 18 more shots than Earlham in the first half while committing only one turnover. The Panthers had only five turnovers in the game.

"The turnovers might be the single most outstanding thing that this team has done," Miller said. "We have really taken care of the basketball. I think we've got to be one of the nation's leaders. I haven't looked at it in terms of fewest turnovers per game. With the way we're playing, not turning it over and getting offensive rebounds, those are your primary ways of getting more possessions than your opponent. We rebounded it well. We're obviously going to take some quick shots then go get them when we miss. I thought we were good in both these areas today."

The Panthers opened up the second half with a 15-6 run. Senior Ryan Nowicki scored six of those points to spark the run.

A Joe Adams lay-up with 9:41 left in the game pulled the Quakers within 20 points 61-41 and that's the closest Earlham would get.

Sophomore Desmond Marks converted a three-point play on the very next possession and to spark a 25-10 Panther run.

Hendricks and Nowicki each had 14 points to lead Hanover while Marks had 12 points and Tim Bass had 10 points and six assists. The victory was the Panthers' seventh straight at home.

The five turnovers committed by Hanover lowers their turnover per game to 8.5. That currently leads the nation.

"When I look at our team, I think we're best when we can find ways to utilize all of the guys on our roster," Miller said. "When you see balanced scoring, that's one indication when you see minutes played. I feel like this Hanover team certainly is an example of a team whose sum are better than any one part. We're not a team that has an all American type of player. I think when we're healthy, we have 12 pretty dog gone good basketball players. We can find ways to make it about our whole roster not just one or two at best."


Saturday's Men's Game

at Hanover


EARLHAM  (2-13, 1-7 HCAC) - (f)Rusk 11, (g)O'Flaherty 8, Douglas 8, (f)Welch 5, Broderick 5, (g)Jett 4, Lewers 4, Adams 4, Williams 2, (g)Barden 0, Adeniyi 0, Boone 0, Bullock 0, Savage 0.

HANOVER (9-6, 6-2 HCAC) - (g)Nowicki 14, (g)Henkricks 14, (f)Marks 12, (g)Bass 10, (f)Gunter 8, James 8, Van Kleunen 8, Steinhart 6, Black 2, Bingham 2, Robinson 2.


Halftime - Hanover 40-27. 3-Point Goals - Earlham 5 (Rusk 2, O'Flaherty 2, Welch 1), Hanover 7 (Hendricks 4, James 2, Bass 1). Rebounds - Earlham 34 (Barden 8), Hanover 43 (Gunter 9). Assists - Earlham 11 (Barden 3), Hanover 14 (Bass 6). Turnovers - Earlham 25, Hanover 5.  Total Fouls - Earlham 19, Hanover 15. Free Throws - Earlham 8-13, Hanover 15-23. Fouled Out - None Next Game - Earlham hosts Defiance Wednesday. Hanover visits Anderson Wednesday.