Balance keys Hanover win at Transylvania

Hanover College’s men’s basketball squad defeated Transylvania University (Ky.), 87-77, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt in Lexington, Ky.

Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) notched 22 points and seven assists to lead four Hanover players in double figures.

Junior backcourt mate Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) netted 15 points, sophomore forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) had 13 and sophomore forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) added 10 off the bench to lift the Panthers to the team’s fourth straight league win.

The Panthers improve to 8-4 overall and remain atop the HCAC standings with a 4-1 mark. Transylvania, meanwhile, dips to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Hanover led 56-52 with 10 minutes left in the second period. Van Kleunen and James each hit a pair of free throws and Bass scored from inside and outside to increase the margin to 64-53 with just fewer than eight minutes on the clock.

Parker Stansberry and Garrett Dorfman hit consecutive three-pointers to help Transylvania trim the Panthers’ lead to nine points (71-62) with 5:16 to go.

Billups countered with a short jumper to push the cushion to 73-62 with five minutes to play and Bass drilled a three-pointer to give Hanover a 78-66 lead with 3:29 remaining.

The Pioneers would not get within single digits down the stretch.

Sophomore forward Evan Bingham (Louisville, Ky.) hit from inside for an 80-68 advantage with 2:54 left and the Panthers capped their scoring with a 7-of-10 effort at the free throw line the rest of the way.

Hanover hit 15-of-18 field-goal attempts in the second half (83.3%) and finished 23-of-42 from the floor (54.8%).

The Panthers, which turned the ball over just six times, turned 28 Transylvania fouls into a 37-of-47 outing at the charity stripe (78.7%).

The Pioneers, led by Stansberry’s 27 points, hit 27-of-56 field goals (48.2%) with 11 three-pointers. The squad was 12-of-20 at the line (60%).

Hanover at Transylvania (Ky.) statistics