ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover men's basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon, as Anderson shot lights out in a 79-74 triumph.
Despite the loss, the Panthers (16-5) still hold a one-game lead in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with an 11-3 mark. Anderson improved its conference tournament playoff odds, moving to 8-13 overall and 7-7 in league play.
Both teams were efficient offensively, but it was Anderson that finished with a game-best 27-for-45 (.600) shooting performance. The Ravens also made 13-of-21 attempts from behind the arc (.619). Hanover shot over 50 percent as well, going 26-for-51 from the field.
Senior Cam Fails (Cincinnati, Ohio) led three Panther players in double figures with 29 points. Fails made five-of-seven attempts from deep, as well as six of his seven tries from the charity stripe.
Junior Kevin Williams (Edinburgh, Ind.) and sophomore Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) each added 14 points. Hibbard led HC with five assists, while Williams pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. The junior also made seven-of-eight field goal attempts.
Off the bench, freshman Matt Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) added eight points. The freshman, who was only seeing extended action for the second time this season, was one of three players with at least three assists Saturday.
Fails put together 10 of HC's first 14 points, as a 7-0 run gave the Panthers their largest advantage of the night, six points, at 14-8 with 13:35 remaining in the first half. Anderson rallied to take a 15-14 lead just moments later.
The remainder of the first half was played within a six-point window, as neither side could gain more than a three-point advantage. With Fails missing the final 7:30 of the first half, due to foul trouble, the Ravens led 36-35 at the break.
Quickly, Anderson opened up a five-point edge, 51-46, 5:50 into the second half. The Panthers though, made five of their next six shots to take a 60-56 lead with 11:12 left to play. Junior Blake Robertson (Greenfield, Ind.) capped the run as he made all three free throw attempts after being fouled on a shot behind the arc.
With the score tied at 71-all with 3:22 to play, Anderson went on a 6-0 run, highlighted a contested three-pointer. The Ravens took advantage of Panther fouls down the stretch to snap a five-game losing streak to HC.
Hanover will look to get back on track when they welcome Earlham for a 7:30 p.m. tip, inside Collier Arena, next Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Contact: Tyler Jester