HANOVER, Ind. – Host Hanover College survived a furious rally from the Manchester Spartans to claim a 66-62 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon. Hanover has been extremely difficult to beat in Collier Arena this season as the Panthers improved to 10-1 at home.
Trailing 63-49 with just over four minutes left to play, sophomore Jalmen Sullivan (Kankakee, Ill. / St. Anne) helped spur a furious rally that nearly saw Manchester overcome an 18-point second half deficit. Sullivan scored nine of Manchester's 11 points during an 11-0 run that cut Hanover's lead to 63-60 with 10 seconds left to play. Unfortunately, Manchester turned the ball over with 9 seconds remaining and the Panthers made three-of-four foul shot attempts to seal the win.
Sullivan tallied a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Sullivan also made 5-of-6 free throw attempts against the Panthers. Both Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind. / Fall Creek) and Cortiz Buckner (Lafayette, Ind. / Lafayette Jefferson) added 10 points apiece. Cornell Hampton (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith) grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds.
Manchester went toe-to-toe with the HCAC-leading Panthers, as the Spartan defense held Hanover to just 5-of-19 shooting from three-point territory. Both teams shot 26-of-60 (43 percent) from the field. Manchester held a significant advantage on the glass as the Spartans outrebounded HC 46-28. Hanover forced 18 Manchester turnovers that resulted in 20 Panther points.
Hanover won its second straight contest and remained atop the HCAC standings, improving to 18-5, 13-3 HCAC. Manchester dropped to 9-14, 6-10 HCAC. The Spartans will head to Bluffton on Wednesday February 13. Game time from Ohio is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.