RICHMOND, IND. - Hanover College pulled away from Earlham College men's basketball in the second half to defeat the Quakers, 83-57, on Wednesday evening at the Druley Performance Gym.
Junior forward Darrell Hutchison Jr. and sophomore guard Jamel Barnes led the charge for the Quakers. Hutchison scored 16 points on the day to go with two rebounds and recorded his 10th double-digit scoring performance of the season. Barnes ended the game with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, recording the Quakers' second double-double of the season.
Only five points separated the two teams at the half, with Hanover holding a 33-28 advantage thanks to its advantage at the free-throw line. The Quakers connected on one of their two trips to the charity stripe in the first half, while Hanover had nine opportunities for free points and connected on six.
Earlham (3-11, 2-5 HCAC) opened the second half by pulling to within one point of Hanover, 33-32, at the 18:32 mark following layups by freshman center Conner Hubbard and Hutchison. The Quakers were still within five points of the Panthers, 53-48, following a Thomas Sanborn 3-pointer with 11:12 showing on the clock.
However, that would be as close as Earlham would get to catching the defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champions.
Hanover answered with a 26-4 run lasting nearly eight minutes, ending with the Panthers in front, 79-52, following a Zach Harp trey with 3:21 remaining.
The game opened with Earlham striking first, with Hanover responding with an 11-point run on four Quaker turnovers to take an early lead. Earlham's effort from the 3-point distance (5-of-9) kept them within striking distance of Hanover (3-of-13), despite the Panthers shooting 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from the field to the Quakers' 36.7 percent (11-of-30).
Hanover (10-4, 5-2 HCAC) found its shooting rhythm in the second half, and finished the game with a 54.5 percent (30-of-55) field goal percentage to Earlham's 36.1 percent (22-of-61) shooting clip from the floor.
Earlham returns to action at home on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:00 p.m., when it hosts Franklin College.