TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover College men's basketball team defeated Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 80-70 in a championship matchup on Saturday afternoon, claiming the school's second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title.
Both teams shot above 50 percent from the field, and the No. 3 seed Panthers converted 18 points off of the Fightin' Engineers 17 turnovers to help propel the victory in Hulbert Arena. Hanover (22-6) claims the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament set to begin next week, earning its eighth trip to the NCAA field.
Leading the way for Hanover was junior guard Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio / Kings). Fails averaged 25 points per game on 28-of-48 shooting throughout the tournament. The junior added 13 assists, earning the tournament Most Valuable Player award for his efforts. Senior forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville) averaged 20 points per game, and contributed 17 rebounds earning a spot on the all-tournament squad.
Rose-Hulman's sophomore forward John Czarnecki (Bettendorf, Iowa / Pleasant Valley) averaged 19 points per game during the tournament while shooting 16-of-17 from the field, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Mount St. Joseph's senior guard Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) tallied 25 points and four assists, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Anderson's Trevor Lucas (Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg) added 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in two tourney games, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Transylvania's junior guard Cooper Theobald (Fort Mitchell, Ky. / Covington Catholic) earned the final spot on the all-tournament squad with a 44 point performance in Tuesday'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.