Sunday, January 4, 2004

No. 3-ranked Hanover shoots past Thomas More 83-78

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The Cincinnati Enquirer

Clutch 3-point shooting, combined with poor free throw shooting by Thomas Moore, lifted the Hanover Panthers, the nation's third-ranked Division III men's team, past the Saints 83-78 Saturday at TMC.

Sophomore forward R.K. Thurman posted his second career double-double in the last three games with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Thomas More (3-8).

Matt Moore, last season's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and honorable mention preseason All-American, and Brian Chrin led the Panthers (10-1) with 20 points each.

Hanover's Thad McCracken (19 points) was 5-of-10 from 3-point range. The Saints were 13-of-22 from the free throw line.

TMC crept to within 74-70 with 1:08 left before Hanover's Tommy Dennis converted a three-point play with 50 seconds remaining.

Thomas More plays Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Danville, Ky.

Down by as many as 12 points in the second half, 55-43 with 14:02 remaining, the Saints rallied, cutting the Hanover lead to 59-53 at the 10:49 mark thanks to a 10-4 run that was keyed by four points by junior forward Chad Wachs. Thomas More twice cut the deficit to four, but Hanover made all nine of its free throws in the game's final 1:14.

The Saints sank only half of their 10 free throws in the second half.

Thomas More led 23-14 before Hanover went on a 21-7 run to close out the first half.

Capital 71, Mount St. Joseph 66

COLUMBUS - Capital (8-3) closed the first half with a 17-6 run and 36-27 lead at intermission. E.J. Engelkamp pace Mount St. Joseph (6-5) with 18 points.

Matt Volkerding and Tom Luther chipped in with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Adam Stolly (17), Jake Beck (16) and Tyler Alexander (12) paced Capital, which shot 49 percent. Mount St. Joseph shot 39 percent.


George Washington 65, Xavier 55

Ugo Oha scored a game-high 24 points to pace the Colonials (6-5) to victory over Xavier (8-4) in an Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams at Cintas Center.

Tara Boothe was the only XU player in double figures, with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

GW shot 57 percent to 28 percent for XU.

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