Hanover men's basketball lost to league-leading Rose-Hulman 61-50 on Wednesday in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game in Terre Haute.

Rose-Hulman controlled most of the contest and led 30-23 at halftime before pushing its advantage to 46-33 midway through the second half.

Trailing by 12 two minutes later, the Panthers used six points by Kyle James to spark an 8-2 and pull within six but the Engineers answered to go back up by 10 with five minutes remaining and maintained that double-digit lead the rest of the way to win by 11.

James led Hanover with 17 points. Desmond Marks scored 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field.

Rose-Hulman All-American candidate Julian Strickland led all scorers with 26 points and Jimmy Miller added 10. Corey Povaleri, a 2011 Madison graduate, came off the bench to score four points and grab two rebounds for the Engineers (18-4, 13-2 HCAC).

Hanover had already locked up a spot in the upcoming HCAC tournament with Saturday's win at Earlham. The Panthers are now tied for third in the conference with College of Mount St. Joseph at 10-5. Defiance is alone in second at 12-3 in the HCAC.

Hanover, 14-8 overall, hosts Anderson (5-17, 5-10 HCAC) on Saturday.

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WEDNESDAY'S MEN'S GAME

at Terre Haute

ROSE-HULMAN 61, HANOVER 50



HANOVER (14-8, 10-5 HCAC) - (g)James 17, (f)Marks 12, (g)Bass 8, (f)Rieger 5, Munchmore 3, (f)Billups 2, Crabtree 2, Black 1, Steinhart 0, Bingham 0, Van Kleunen 0.



ROSE-HULMAN (18-4, 13-2 HCAC) - (g)Strickland 26, (f)Miller 10, (f)Houpt 8, (g)Martin 4, (g)Duffy 4, Povaleri 4, Wojcik 3, Loesing 2, Dodd 0, Stallings 0, McHugh 0, Hallstein 0.



Halftime - Rose-Hulman 30-23. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 4 (James 2, Rieger 1, Bass 1), Rose-Hulman 3 (Strickland 2, Wojcik 1). Rebounds - Hanover 19 (Marks 5), Rose-Hulman 34 (Strickland 8). Assists - Hanover 8 (Bass 3), Rose-Hulman 9 (Miller 3, Martin 3). Turnovers - Hanover 12, Rose-Hulman 11. Total Fouls - Hanover 16, Rose-Hulman 18. Free Throws - Hanover 10-19, Rose-Hulman 18-23. Fouled Out - Rose-Hulman: Duffy. Next Game - Rose-Hulman visits Bluffton on Saturday; Hanover hosts Anderson on Saturday.