HANOVER, Indiana – Hanover College shot 65.9 percent from the field in a 66-53 victory over the Earlham College men's basketball team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first ten minutes of the game. A layup from senior Lajay Kelly gave the Quakers a slim 19-18 leading with 10:04 to play in the first half.
Hanover (19-3, 14-2 HCAC) took control of the contest with an 11-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a 29-20 lead. The Panthers would hold that lead as both team scored seven points over the final three minutes of the half.
Leading 36-27 at halftime, the Panthers opened the second half on a 19-8 run and led by 20 points. The Quakers did get the deficit down to a dozen points on two occasions, but could get no closer as the Panthers moved one step closer to winning the regular season conference title.
Wes McKinney led all scorers with 16 points while Corey Muchmore finished with a double-double for the Panthers. Junior Elijah Wilson-Thomas and sophomore Nick Sands led the Quakers with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Hanover made 27-41 field goal attempts compared to 20-52 (38.5 percent) for Earlham. Both teams nailed seven three-pointers while the Panthers outrebounded the Quakers 30-22.
The Quakers travel to Bluffton University before hosting Mount St. Joseph University in the final week of the season next week.