ANDERSON, Ind. - Second half surge paced by sophomore Matt Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) and junior Connor Washburn (Fishers, Ind.) propelled Hanover to sole possession of second place among the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as they defeated the Ravens, 66-53.
Hanover (12-4 overall, 6-3 HCAC) was led in the contest by Washburn with a team-high 18 points, while Weimer tied a season-high 11 points off the bench. As a team, HC finished the night shooting 40.4 percent (21-for-52) from the floor with a game-high 36 rebounds.
In a key HCAC contest, the Panthers and Ravens appeared to be evenly matched before a freshman Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) three-pointer at the 14:40 mark saw the Blue and Red gain the 10-6 advantage. But the slim difference didn't last long as Anderson responded with a 9-0 surge claiming their largest lead. The back-an-forth battle waved on as both teams continued to trade buckets when junior Isaac Hibbard (New Albny, Ind.) went to work in the paint for another Panther rally, 22-19.
Hibbard deemed clutch down the stretch for the Blue and Red finding another score in the paint followed by a junior Connor Washburn (Fishers, Ind.) two-pointer that locked the contest at 28-28 at the break. The first half saw HC shoot 42.9 percent (12-for-28) from the floor, including 2-for-6 from behind the arc.
The second half was a sense of deja vu with neither team gaining ground when a Raven jumper saw the orange and black take the 32-30 advantage. But sophomore Matt Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) would make his way into the scores column with a pair of free-throws moments later that staged another lead change.
The success at the charity stripe continued for the Panthers as Washburn sank a pair of free-throws with just over 13 minutes to play putting Hanover on top 35-32. The junior post player showed his inside game with a key assist from Houston pushing the score. Weimer provided a spark off the bench as back-to-back scores by him and junior Mark Albers (Pendleton, Ind.) propelled HC to largest lead of the contest, 41-35.
But Anderson hung around cutting the deficit back to one following a pair of duces with just over six minutes remaining, 47-46. However, Weimer's impressive night continued with a deep ball that sparked the game winning run en route to the HCAC victory.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, January 25 as they welcome Defiance to Collier Arena. Tip-off is set for 3 PM.