LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 5 Hanover men's basketball team suffered a 95-81 setback at Transylvania Wednesday evening.
Senior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) paced the Panthers (5-2, 1-1 HCAC) with 16 points, as he tallied 10 points in the opening half. Highlighting McKinney's scoring effort was his performance at the foul line, where he made 8-of-9 tries.
The only other HC player to score in double figures was sophomore Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.), who added 13 points off the bench. Ratts also shot the ball well from the charity stripe, going 6-for-8. Overall, HC was 29-for-39 (.744) at the foul line.
A trio of Panthers posted eight points in the contest, including senior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) and junior Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio). Buck added three rebounds, while also tying for the team high in assists with two.
Sophomore Jacob Bray (Crestwood, Ky.) recorded a career high eight points, making all three of his field goal attempts, including two from behind the arc. Bray also added two rebounds in just eight minutes of action.
After defeating the Pioneers on a last second shot three different times a season ago, Transylvania (5-0, 2-0 HCAC) came out shooting early and never looked back Wednesday, as the 95 points allowed by HC was its most since a 106-100, triple overtime loss, to Anderson on Jan. 23, 2016.
Both sides finished over 50 percent from the field, as the Blue and Red posted a .632 shooting clip in the second half to improve its overall total. Hanover has now shot over 50 percent in each of its last three second half efforts, and have went over 60 percent twice during the span.
After falling behind by four points early, Hanover used a quick 5-0 scoring spurt to capture an 8-7 advantage with 17:01 left in the opening half. The one-point lead however, would be HC's last for the evening.
Transylvania outscored Hanover 22-12 over the final nine minutes of the first half to take a 46-34 lead into the intermission. The Pioneers opened the second stanza on a 17-9 run to capture a 20-point advantage, 63-43, with 13:20 remaining in the contest.
Despite making their final eight field goal attempts, over the last 5:32 of play, the Panthers would ultimately fall, 95-81.
Hanover has now scored over 80 points on four separate occasions this season, with Wednesday marking the first time they lost when reaching the scoring plateau in 2017-18.
The Blue and Red will look to bounce back when they welcome Bluffton for Community Day Saturday, Dec. 9. The Panthers and Beavers are slated for the second half of the basketball doubleheader, with an approximate 4 p.m. tip.
Contact: Tyler Jester