HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College men's basketball team defeated Mount St. Joseph University 58-51 in a back and forth matchup on Sunday afternoon, claiming the school's fourth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title.
The No. 1 seed Panthers outscored the Lions 13-4 over the final 5:28 in route to a 58-51 win at Hanover College's Collier Arena. Hanover claims the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament set to begin next week, earning its seventh trip to the NCAA field.
Hanover (23-3) shot the ball well from the field, posting a shooting percentage of 39.2% in the win. The Panthers converted 16 points off of Mount's 11 turnovers to help propel the victory.
Leading the way for Hanover was senior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio / Moeller). Muchmore averaged 18 points on 16-of-23 shooting throughout the tournament. The senior added 12 rebounds, earning the tournament Most Valuable Player award for his efforts. Junior forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville) averaged 19 points per game, and contributed 21 rebounds earning a spot on the all-tournament squad.
Mount St. Joseph's junior guard Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) averaged 16.5 points per game, and added seven assists with four steals, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Transylvania's senior guard Alex Jones (Louisville, Ky. / Saint Xavier) added 42 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists in two tourney games, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Manchester was represented on the all-tournament team by sophomore Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind. / Fall Creek). Johnson averaged 20.0 points per game, and tallied nine rebounds and five steals, earning a spot on the all-tournament squad.
Anderson's Stanley Duncan (Evansville, Ind. / Harrison) earned the final spot on the all-tournament squad with a 40 point performance in Friday's quarterfinal loss.
Hanover will await its first round opponent in the NCAA Division III Tournament until the bracket is released. The announcement of the Division III men's basketball field will be presented via webcast on www.ncaa.com beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday.