Second Half Surge Lifts Men's Basketball Past MSJ

Second Half Surge Lifts Men's Basketball Past MSJ

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Panthers used a second half surge to propel past Mount St. Joseph in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening that saw five players finish in double figures, 73-52. 

The Panther (9-3 overall, 3-2 HCAC) bench came alive in the road test with Mount St. Joseph scoring 41 points, paced by freshman Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) and a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Hanover saw five players finish in double figures including junior Mark Albers (Pendleton, Ind.) with 11 points, while teammates junior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.), sophomore Matt Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) and junior Connor Washburn (Fishers, Ind.) chipped in 10 points respectively. 

The back-an-forth battle commenced early with neither team really gaining any ground when Ty Houston sparked a Panther run at the 11:17 mark that put HC on top 13-10. Senior Kevin Williams (Edinburgh, Ind.) went to work down low hitting a layup in the paint before Matt Weimer entered the contest capping off an 8-0 run with a deep ball that pushed the advantage to 18-10.

However, the Lions continued to battle cutting the deficit to 23-21 forcing a Hanover timeout with 4:26 remaining. Following the break, Connor Washburn delt clutch with back-to-back layups stealing the momentum and the 31-29 halftime lead. 

The second half saw the Panthers erupt using a 14-0 run over a four minute span to claim the 59-44 advantage. The surge continued as Albers went to work in the paint before a Houston jumper at the 2:43 mark put Hanover on top 67-47. The Blue and Red never looked back as freshman Gavin Hess (Indianapolis, Ind.) found his way into the scores column with back-to-back scores in the final minute to secure the road victory, 73-52. 

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, January 11 when they welcome Bluffton to Collier Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 PM.