Hanover hits 51 percent from field in 72-67 win over Beavers
February 6, 2010
By: Brent Schroeder, sports information assistant
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HANOVER, Ind. - The Bluffton University men fell to the Panthers on Saturday, February
6, at Hanover College. The loss dropped the Beavers to 2-11 in the HCAC and 2-20 overall.
The win pushes Hanover to 12-9 overall and an impressive 9-4 in conference play.
The opening 10 minutes of play was a struggle for control of the game with neither
team able to generate any separation. Entering the game, Hanover's Mitchell Meyer needed just 11 points to give him 1,000 for his career. He got off to a promising
start, hitting a layup in the first 30 seconds to give Hanover a quick 2-0 lead. Bluffton's
sophomore forward Brent Farley (Lima/Shawnee) fired back with a chip shot of his own to tie the game at two. Nick Lee (Mt. Blanchard/Vanlue) came out blazing from the field, putting in eight of the Beavers'
first 16 points, including two makes from distance.
The half ended with both teams battling back-and-forth while struggling to find their
groove. Taylor Dial led a balanced Hanover attack in the first 20 minutes, scoring eight of his 11 points
in the first half. Jake Inman also drained three baskets from the field, scoring six points.
The Beavers trimmed the Hanover advantage to a deuce when junior forward Rob Luderman (Defiance/Ayersville) got to the rack with 35 seconds remaining. However, Hanover
answered with a layup by Jake Inman. Bluffton had a chance to pull within one before halftime, but Nick Lee's three-point
shot was off the mark as the horn sounded. The half ended with a 36-32 lead favoring
The second half began with a layin by Hanover's Mike Case to give the Panthers a 38-32 lead. While the Beavers kept the deficit within one
possession for much of the first 10 minutes of the second half, the home team created
some separation at the six-minute mark. A span of five minutes for the Beavers included
three turnovers as Hanover went on a 7-0 run. Bluffton's offensive struggles pushed
the Hanover lead to 11 points with 5:34 to play.
Bluffton remained resilient, however, by clawing their way back to a five-point deficit.
In the end, foul shots enabled Hanover to secure their sixth straight win thanks to
7-of-9 makes with the clock winding down. Hanover's Mitchell Meyer drained the last
two foul shots of the game to give the Panthers a 72-65 lead with three seconds left.
A late bucket by Bluffton's Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) made the score 72-67 as time expired.
Three starters for Hanover finished the game with double-digit points, including Mike
Case (12), Jake Inman (12) and Ryan Nowicki (10). The Panthers also dished the rock
very well, finishing the game with 11 assists. Bluffton held Mitchell Meyer to just
eight points, leaving him three points shy of 1,000 for his career. Hanover's bench
also contributed with 24 points, led by Taylor Dial's 11.
Bluffton finished the game with three players scoring double-digits. Mychal Hill paced
the visitors with a game-high 19 points. Rob Luderman contributed with a career-high
15 points, while Nick Lee dropped in 12 markers. Freshman Josh Fisher rounded out
Bluffton's top scorers with eight points. Rob Luderman also grabbed 10 boards on the
way to his first collegiate double-double. The rebounds went to Bluffton by a slim
30-29 margin, but the Beavers turned it over three more times than the home team (13-10).
Up next for the Beavers is a home contest with Manchester College on Wednesday, February
10. The HCAC battle is slated to tip at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.