DOUBLE TROUBLE: Hanover’s Brian Gunter fights through a double team by Anderson defenders Nate Gross (left) and Carson Breckenridge. Gunter had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 62-56 Hanover win at Collier Arena. (Staff photo by David Hill)
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Hanover’s Brian Gunter fights through a double team by Anderson defenders Nate Gross (left) and Carson Breckenridge. Gunter had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 62-56 Hanover win at Collier Arena. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Hanover jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the start of Wednesday's men's game at Collier Arena and never looked back, posting a 93-85 win over Anderson.

Hanover led by as many as 18 points in the first half and withstood a second-half rally by the Ravens that pulled them to within four late in the contest.

"I was proud of how we were able to make some big plays in the final minutes," Hanover coach Jon Miller said. "I thought Anderson played very well tonight. They gave us strong competition, pulling within just a few points late."

With the win, Hanover goes 15-7 on the season and 12-3 in the Heartland Conference. Anderson is now 9-13 and 5-10 in the HCAC.

The game was rather close in the middle stages of the first half. Anderson pulled to within one point (18-17) with 10:41 remaining. Hanover exploded offensively late in the half and took an 18-point, 40-22 lead on a slam dunk by forward Brian Gunter. By halftime, Anderson had pulled to within 15 at 51-36.

Hanover's first half was paced offensively by the play of Gunter, who had 13 points, including five field goals and a pair of 3-pointers and Kyle James, who had 11 points off the bench.

The Panthers' defense forced 12 turnovers by the Ravens in the first half. Meanwhile, Anderson's Phil Hogan, in just his second game back from a hand injury that sidelined the 6-foot-1 senior guard for four weeks, scored 14 of his game-high 33 points.

As the second half progressed, Hanover continued to lead by double-digits until Hogan knocked down a trey at the 13:09 mark. The margin remained seven or eight points for several minutes with most of the Panthers' points coming at the free-throw line.

The Ravens were able to narrow the margin to four points (81-77) with 5:48 remaining on a Hogan free throw. They stayed within striking distance for the next few minutes.

Anderson was forced to foul late and the Panthers continued their success at the free-throw line and had a key 3-pointer by Ryan Nowicki that helped seal the Ravens' fate.

While Miller was happy with most of the aspects of his team's play, he would like a better defensive effort.

"We need to do a better job with the half court defense," he said. "We have a lot of room to improve."

The Panthers travel to Bluffton for their next game, a 3 p.m. start on Saturday.

---

WEDNESDAY'S MEN'S GAME

at Hanover

HANOVER 93, ANDERSON 85

ANDERSON (9-3, 5-10 HCAC) - (g)Hogan 33, (g)Loechle 12, Breckenridge 10, (f)Mollaun 9, (c)Gross 8, Thomas 7, (f)Jackson 6.



HANOVER (15-7, 12-3 HCAC) - (g)Bass 17, (f)Gunter 15, (g)Nowicki 15, James 14, (f)Marks 9, (g)Hendricks 7, Van Kleunen 7, Wehner 5, Bingham 4, Black 0, Steinhart 0, Robinson 0.



Halftime - Hanover 51-36. 3-Point Goals - Anderson 9 (Mollaun 3, Hogan 3, Jackson 2, Loechle 1), Hanover 6 (Gunter 2, Nowicki 2, Hendricks 1, James 1). Rebounds - Anderson 28 (Gross 5, Hogan 5, Breckenridge 5), Hanover 38 (Gunter 11). Assists - Anderson 15 (Hogan 6), Hanover 15 (Bass 6). Turnovers - Anderson 15, Hanover 13. Total Fouls - Anderson 31, Hanover 21. Free Throws - Anderson 18-25, Hanover 35-47. Fouled Out - Anderson: Loechle, Thomas, Hanover: Marks. Technical Fouls - Anderson: team, Hanover: Gunter. Next Game - Anderson visits Franklin Saturday. Hanover visits Bluffton Saturday.