Pioneers fall to Hanover, Tierney joins 1,000th point club

In a game that neither team led by more than seven points, Hanover held off Transylvania 68-65 Wednesday in men's Heartland Conference basketball action.

Transy fell to 10-9 overall, 6-4 HCAC, while the Panthers are 9-9, 6-4 in league play.

Transy senior guard Tim Tierney (Ft. Wright, Ky.) scored 13 points and now has 1,002 for his career. He is the 42nd Transy male player to surpass 1,000 for his career.

The Pioneers were led by a season-high 23 points, to go with seven rebounds, from senior Blake McCowan. Freshman Barrett Meyer added 15 while Drew Kring had nine. Tierney also handed out four assists.

Three Panthers were in double figures, led by Jake Inman, with 17. Ryan Nowicki notched 14 points.

Transy's largest lead in the game was seven with 14 minutes to play in the first half. Hanover never led by more than six points in a game that saw three ties and five lead changes.

Both teams shot well with Hanover finishing at 53.5 percent for the game, compared to 50 percent for the Pioneers. But Hanover made 13 of 22 from three-point range while Transy was six of 19, offsetting the visitors' 11-9 scoring edge at the free throw line.

Hanover's bench also outscored the Transy reserves, 11-0.

The Pioneers return home for the first time in 17 days on Saturday, hosting HCAC rival Rose-Hulman at 3 p.m. in the Beck Center.

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