Men's Basketball Upsets HCAC Leader Hanover

Men's Basketball Upsets HCAC Leader Hanover

HANOVER, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology upset Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Hanover College with a hot shooting barrage in Southern Indiana on Wednesday night.

Rose-Hulman picked up a 73-68 victory behind 10 three-point shots at a 48% clip and hitting 13-15 from the free throw line.  Senior Collin Wojcik came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points, and sophomore Charlie Aimone pitched in with 18 points in the victory.

Other key contributors included John Czarnecki with eight points, and JT Whitaker with six points, five rebounds and one blocked shots.  Cam Fails led the Hanover offense with 23 points.

Hanover entered the game 14-2 overall and leading the HCAC standings at 9-1 prior to Wednesday's loss.  The Fightin' Engineers improved to 8-10 and 6-5 in conference games.

Rose-Hulman led 41-34 at the break and held the lead for much of the second half.  The lead reached as high as nine points at 55-46 with 11:19 left on two free throws by Aimone.

Hanover answered with a 14-5 spurt to take the lead at 62-60 on a three-pointer by Fails with 4:57 left.  Aimone drained a three-pointer on Rose-Hulman's next possession to put the Fightin' Engineers back in front 63-62.

The teams battled to a 66-66 tie following a Fails layup with 2:47 left.  Czarnecki broke the tie with a layup with 2:33 remaining.

After a missed three-pointer by the Panthers, freshman Michael Lake drained perhaps the biggest shot of the game with a trey at the 1:43 mark to put Rose-Hulman ahead 71-68.  Wes McKinney answered with a layup for Hanover.

The Panthers forced a turnover with 26 seconds left to gain possession trailing by three points at 71-68.  The Rose-Hulman defense forced a stop, and Aimone grabbed the rebound and hit the final two free throws to secure a 73-68 win.

Rose-Hulman turned around the earlier meeting between the two teams, won 93-63 by Hanover at Hulbert Arena.  The Fightin' Engineer defense proved the difference by holding Hanover 15 points under its season average.

Rose-Hulman returns to action on Saturday at Bluffton University.  Tip time is set for 3 p.m.