Hanover’s second-half rally fell short as the Panthers lost 71-67 conference rival to Rose-Hulman at home on Thursday.
The Panthers fell behind 39-26 at halftime and trailed 55-34 with 14:15 left in the game. Hanover then closed the game on a tear, outscoring the Engineers 31-12 to narrow the gap to two (67-65) on a Mark Albers layup with 21 seconds to play.
After the two teams traded points, Rose-Hulman missed a free throw giving the Panthers a chance. But Isaac Hibbard was was whistled for an offensive foul and Max Greenamoyer missed two free throws — all in the final six seconds — to end the threat. The Engineers’ Terry Hicks hit two final free throws to ice the win.
Ty Houston, a sophomore from Union, Kentucky, scored 18 points while Hibbard, a senior from New Albany, had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists to lead Hanover. Albers, a senior from Pendleton, scored 17 points while Greenamoyer, a freshman from Zionsville, had 12.
Dillon Duff scored 15 points, Samvit Ram had 11 and Hicks 10 to pace Rose-Hulman.
Hanover, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, will travel to Rose-Hulman today to complete the two-game series. The Panthers then host Franklin next Thursday.
Hanover’s scheduled women’s games against Rose-Hulman on Thursday and today were postponed by Rose. The Panthers travel to Franklin on Thursday.