Pioneers men's basketball comeback bid falls short at Hanover

Pioneers men's basketball comeback bid falls short at Hanover

Hanover, Ind. – A season-high 18 points from sophomore guard Michael Jefferson was not enough as the Transylvania men's basketball team fell by the final score of 76-70 to the Hanover College Panthers at Collier Arena on Wednesday night.

The loss drops Transylvania's record to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Hanover improves to 2-0 in league play and 5-2 overall.

The opening segment of the game saw the two HCAC foes trade baskets, leading to a 19-19 score with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Senior guard Cooper Theobald led Transylvania with six points in the period.

Over the next three minutes, the Pioneers scored seven straight points to take a 26-19 lead with 5:31 remaining in the half. Junior guard Gabe Schmitt capped off the Transylvania run with his lone three-point bucket of the night.

However, the Panthers responded by outscoring the Pioneers 13-0 over the final five minutes of the first half to take a 32-26 lead into the locker room at the half.

Early in the second half, Hanover used a barrage of three-pointers to extend its lead to its largest of the night at 40-35 at the 13:49 mark.

The Pioneers continued to battle, cutting the Hanover lead to just four points twice in the final minute of play, but the Panthers held on for the 76-70 victory.

For the game, Transylvania outscored Hanover 34-18 on points in the paint, 10-0 in fastbreak points, and 44-16 on bench points, but shot a dismal 20 percent from three-point range.

Up next for the Pioneers is a showdown with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers on Saturday, December 8. Tip-off between the Pioneers and Fightin' Engineers is set for 3:00 p.m. at Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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