LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 4 Hanover men's basketball team shot a season high, 56.5 percent from the floor, as they defeated Spalding (Ky.) on the road Tuesday evening, 83-47.
With the win, Hanover improves to 3-0 on the season, marking the second straight year and the third time in the past five seasons that they have opened a new campaign with three consecutive victories. The Blue and Red also won their second game this season by 30-plus points.
The Panther offense was efficient throughout, as a 68-percent (17-25) shooting performance in the first half helped produce a double-digit advantage at the intermission. Overall, HC made 35-of-62 attempts from the field, while the also holding its second opponent of the season to under a .340 shooting clip.
Senior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) led the team in scoring for the third time this year, tallying 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The senior has shot 47 percent or better in every game this season, and added six rebounds Tuesday evening.
Coming off the bench, junior Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) recorded a season-high 15 points, as he made seven of his 10 attempts from the field. Fails also tied senior Colin Smtih (Cincinnati, Ohio) for the team high in assists with three.
Two frontcourt players in junior Nick White (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Kevin Williams (Edinburgh, Ind.) posted 11 points each, as the two also combined for 15 rebounds. White has now scored in double figures and grabbed at least eight rebounds in all three games this season. Williams tied a career high in points Tuesday, while his seven rebounds set a new personal career best.
Hanover controlled the glass for the third time this November, enjoying a 45-27 edge over the Golden Eagles Tuesday. The Blue and Red grabbed 12 offensive rebounds as well, which led to 17 second chance points. The Panthers totaled 52 points in the paint, while conceding just 18 to Spalding.
Defensively, Hanover held its second opponent to under 50 points early on in the new campaign, while also tallying a season-high nine steals. Fails led the way for HC with three swipes.
The Panthers, who never trailed Tuesday, scored the game's first seven points. The 7-0 run was engineered by White, who scored five points, including an and-one, three-point play to cap the scoring spurt.
After a 5-0 run gave HC its first double digit lead of the game at 21-10, an additional 9-0 spurt gave them a 35-18 edge with 2:21 remaining in the opening half. The Blue and Red closed the first half on a 13-5 run to capture a 39-23 lead at the break.
A layup from senior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) and a jumper from White game HC the first four points of the second stanza, earning them their first 20-point lead of the night at 43-23, with 19:18 remaining. Buck finished with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.
The Panthers led by double-digits throughout the second half and used a 23-7 run over the final 11:18 to secure the 36-point victory.
Hanover will now turn its attention to a 4 p.m. tip at Wooster (Ohio) this Saturday, Nov. 25. The Panthers will be searching for their first 4-0 start since the 2004-05 season when the face the Fighting Scots, who were receiving votes in the D3hoops National Preseason Top 25 Poll.
Contact: Tyler Jester