Pioneers season comes to an end, finish season 14-12

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. - Manchester held Transylvania to 30 percent shooting in the second half Tuesday and the Spartans knocked the Pioneers out of the Heartland Conference Tournament with a 64-57 win.

Transy finishes its season with a 14-12 after losing to the Spartans (17-9) in its regular season finale Saturday, setting up Tuesday's rematch. The Spartans travel to Anderson Friday to take on the top-seeded Ravens at 8 p.m. in HCAC tourney semifinal play while Defiance meets Hanover in the other half of the bracket.

Brandon Rash led Transy with 12 points and Chris Owens added 10. Senior Tim Tierney capped his collegiate career with nine points and three assists and wound up with 1,083 points. Another senior, Matthew Parton, was three of seven from three-point range and finished with nine points.

Mitch Schaefer's 20 points led Manchester, who led 33-29 at halftime and held off a late Pioneer charge from the free throw line. Jason Spindler had 12 rebounds for Manchester.

Transy finished the game hitting 20 of 57 from the field for 35 percent, but connected on just nine of 30 in the second half, including two of 13 from behind the three-point arc. Manchester shot 54 percent in the second half and finished at 46 percent for the game.

The Spartans were also 20 of 25 from the free throw line while the Pioneers attempted just 11 from the stripe, hitting eight. Manchester also had a 35-25 edge on the boads and outscored Transy by 10 points in the paint.

The HCAC tourney championship game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pioneers were looking for their second straight tourney title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. Transy had made the NCAA field in three of the last four years.

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