GREENWOOD, IN - Hanover College moved to 3-0 on the season following a pair of convincing wins. The Panthers (3-0, 0-0 HCAC) were dominant defeating Wabash 76-51 Wednesday and Blackburn 99-52 in the Collier Classic.
Junior point guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) led Hanover during the week. Bass scored 12 points with eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the win over Wabash, while adding eight points with a career-high 11 assists in only 19 minutes of play against Blackburn.
Hanover currently leads the conference in scoring defense, allowing only 54.7 points per game and currently has an average scoring margin of +30 through three games.
The Panthers will return to action on Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan.
In other action...
Defiance (3-0, 0-0 HCAC) moved to 3-0 on the season following a 70-68 win over Alma Tuesday. Junior forward Bernard Edwards (Detroit, Mich./Warren Cousino) led the Jackets with 20 points and five rebounds in the win.
Franklin (3-0, 0-0 HCAC) stayed perfect on the young season with a 64-53 home win over Adrian Wednesday evening. Sophomore forward Dion Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) led the Grizzlies with 17 points, on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, and 10 rebounds against the Bulldogs.
Mount St. Joseph (3-0, 0-0 HCAC) also stands 3-0 on the year following an 84-67 win at Thomas More Wednesday. The Lions were paced by senior forward David Mann's (Fairfield, Ohio/Cincinnati Christian) 21 points and six rebounds in the win.
Preseason HCAC favorite Rose-Hulman (1-1, 0-0 HCAC) opened the season at the Washington-St. Louis Lopata Classic over the weekend. Senior guard Julian Strickland (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. The Engineers fell to No. 11 ranked Washington-St. Louis 94-74, but bounced back to beat Chicago 85-80. Strickland scored a career-high 31 points, on 11-for-19 shooting, with eight rebounds and five assists in the win over Chicago.
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