WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. - The Hanover College men's basketball team used a balanced attack to dominate Westminster (Mo.) on Friday evening as part of the opening round of the Webster Classic, 91-57.
The Panthers (3-0 overall) saw five players finish in double digits led by junior Mark Albers (Pendleton, Ind.) with a game-high 16 points. Senior Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) added 13 points, while teammates junior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) and senior Blake Robertson (Greenfield, Ind.) netted 11 points a piece. Junior Connor Washburn (Fishers, Ind.) added 10 points off the bench for the Blue and Red.
Hanover used an early 11-0 run sparked by Albers to put HC on top 19-7 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the opening half. The hot streak continued as Washburn made a layup followed by a three-pointer from freshman Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) to extend the advantage to 24-12.
The Blue Jays looked to get something going late in the half as a three-pointer with 7:34 to play pulled WC within 24-17. However, the Blue and Red remained poise as Robertson delivered back-to-back daggers from deep to swing the momentum in favor of the Panthers, 34-20. Hanover carried it into the half as Albers closed out the opening 20 minutes with a jumper to put HC on top, 43-26.
The Blue and Red opened the second half strong using a 6-0 run in just under a two minute span to blow the game wide open, 49-28. Ratts and Hibbard deemed clutch with 16:02 remaining in the contest as the duo combined for seven unanswered points. Washburn registered a strong second half as he made a layup before forcing a Westminster turnover en route to a HC fast break score at the 10:36 mark, 73-44.
Senior Kevin Williams (Edinburgh, Ind.) and sophomore Noah Williams (Jeffersonville, Ind.) sank back-to-back scores before freshman Jack Wininger (Elnora, Ind.) delivered the games final blow with just under a minute remaining to claim the 91-57 opening game victory.
As a team, the Blue and Red shot 56.9 percent from the floor including 37.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Hanover grabbed a game-high 44 rebounds while dishing out 21 assists.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 22 when they take on Classic host, Webster. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 Pm EST.