Panthers' second half rally falls short against Rose-Hulman

Cam Fails

HANOVER, Ind. – Junior Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) poured in 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, but his three-point try as time expired was off mark, sending Rose-Hulman past the Hanover men's basketball team Wednesday evening, 71-69.

With the loss, the Panthers have now dropped two of their last three, falling to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in HCAC play. Rose-Hulman has now won three of the last four meetings inside Collier Arena, and Wednesday's win improves them to 6-6 overall and 4-1 in conference action.

Fails did most of his offensive damage in the second half, where he made 8-of-13 shots for 18 points. Overall, the junior also added a season high five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Hanover managed to erase an 11-point second half deficit, as 12 straight points from Fails gave the Blue and Red a 65-63 advantage with four minutes remaining in regulation.

A jump shot from freshman Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) and a layup from junior Nick White (New Albany, Ind.) put HC in front 69-65 with 1:29 left to play. White finished with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and led the team with nine rebounds. Hibbard also endured a strong shooting effort, as he totaled 10 points. The freshman made 3-of-5 field goal tries and went 4-for-5 from the charity stripe as well.

The Fightin' Engineers pulled with one point on the ensuing offensive series with a three-point play. Rose-Hulman then missed the front-end of a one-and-one situation on its next possession, but an offensive rebound followed by another three-point play gave them a 71-69 lead with less than six seconds remaining.

Hanover, needing to go the length of the floor, was able to get a three-point attempt off before time expired, but it went off the back of the iron, securing RHIT's fifth straight win.

Trailing by six points at halftime, the Panthers were able to shoot 51.4 percent in the second half to regain the lead, but the Engineers shot over 50 percent in both halves, finishing with a .544 shooting clip.

Hanover did manage to tie a season low with just seven turnovers. The Blue and Red turned 14 RHIT giveaways into an 18-10 edge in points off turnovers as well. The Engineers however, enjoyed a 35-28 advantage on the glass and an 11-6 mark in second chance points.

The Panthers will look to regroup at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, when they travel to face Manchester in a HCAC contest.

Contact: Tyler Jester