Late Rally Falls just short at Hanover
HANOVER, Ind. – Host Hanover College survived a furious rally from the Manchester Spartans to claim a 66-62 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon. Hanover has been extremely difficult to beat in Collier Arena this season as the Panthers improved to 10-1 at home.
Trailing 63-49 with just over four minutes left to play, sophomore Jalmen Sullivan(Kankakee, Ill. / St. Anne) helped spur a furious rally that nearly saw Manchester overcome an 18-point second half deficit. Sullivan scored nine of Manchester’s 11 points during an 11-0 run that cut Hanover’s lead to 63-60 with 10 seconds left to play. Unfortunately, Manchester turned the ball over with 9 seconds remaining and the Panthers made three-of-four foul shot attempts to seal the win.
Sullivan tallied a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Sullivan also made 5-of-6 free throw attempts against the Panthers. Both Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind. / Fall Creek) and Cortiz Buckner (Lafayette, Ind. / Lafayette Jefferson) added 10 points apiece. Cornell Hampton (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith) grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds.
Manchester went toe-to-toe with the HCAC-leading Panthers, as the Spartan defense held Hanover to just 5-of-19 shooting from three-point territory. Both teams shot 26-of-60 (43 percent) from the field. Manchester held a significant advantage on the glass as the Spartans outrebounded HC 46-28. Hanover forced 18 Manchester turnovers that resulted in 20 Panther points.
Hanover won its second straight contest and remained atop the HCAC standings, improving to 18-5, 13-3 HCAC. Manchester dropped to 9-14, 6-10 HCAC. The Spartans will head to Bluffton on Wednesday February 13. Game time from Ohio is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Panthers Stop Spartans on Saturday
HANOVER, Ind. – Manchester University dropped a road contest at Hanover College on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 84-45. The Spartans had their two-game win streak snapped.
The Spartans stayed with the host Panthers for much of the first and second quarters. MU held the Panthers to 39 percent shooting in the opening half and Hanover made just 1-of-6 three-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. A layup by Hillery Shepherd (Middletown, Ind. / Shendoah) drew Manchester within a basket at 26-24 with 5:50 left in the second quarter. Hanover forced several key Spartan turnovers and ended the half on a 14-4 run to take a 40-28 lead at the intermission.
Manchester was unable to overcome Hanover’s hot shooting in third and fourth quarters, as the Panthers combined to shoot 16-of-28 (57 percent) from the field.
Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) lead all MU players with nine points off the bench. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind. / South Putnam) scored six points. Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) added seven points and eight rebounds against the Panthers.
Both Alexis Nall and Claire Cromer scored 14 points for the Panthers. Hanover held a 50-35 advantage on the glass in Saturday’s contest.
Hanover snapped the Spartans’ two game-win streak and improved to 16-7, 12-4 HCAC. The Spartans fell to 4-18, 2-13 HCAC. Manchester will play again on Monday February 11 when it hosts Franklin College in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena at 7:30 p.m.