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Men's Basketball Knocks Off HCAC Preseason Favorite Hanover

Men's Basketball Knocks Off HCAC Preseason Favorite Hanover

HANOVER, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed five players in double figures and relied on a conventional three-point play in the final seconds by Luke Callahan to defeat Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason favorite Hanover College 71-69 in men's basketball action on Wednesday night.

The Fightin' Engineers trailed 69-68 with 10 seconds remaining and had a chance to take the lead on the free throw line.  After a missed free throw, Charlie Aimone grabbed an offensive rebound and made a quick pass to freshman Craig McGee.  The point guard rocketed a pass underneath to Callahan, who scored on a layup at the 5.2 second mark to put Rose-Hulman in front 70-69.  Callahan made the following free throw to put the Engineers in front 71-69.

On its final possession, Hanover went for the win.  Cam Fails had a look at a three-point shot on the wing at the buzzer, but it fell short as Rose-Hulman celebrated a win at Hanover for the second consecutive year.

Callahan led the Rose-Hulman offense with 17 points along with five rebounds.  McGee recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 assists.  John Czarnecki added 13 points to the balanced Rose-Hulman scoring attack.

Nick McGrail came off the bench for 11 points, and Aimone rounded out five Rose-Hulman double-figure scorers with 10 points and four rebounds.  The Fightin' Engineers shot 54% for the game and held Hanover to 4-18 (22%) from three-point range.

Fails led the Hanover offense with 22 points and five assists.  Nick White scored 14 points for the Panthers, and Isaac Hibbard added 10 points for a Hanover team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2017.

The Engineers led for the majority of the second half, holding a 63-61 lead on a McGrail layup with 4:34 left.  Hanover answered with six straight points to take a 67-63 lead.

A basket from McGee and a conventional three-point play by Aimone brought Rose-Hulman within 69-68 in the final 30 seconds, setting the stage for the game's final plays.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-6 on the season and 4-1 in league play, while Hanover dropped to 8-4 and 3-2 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Earlham College on Saturday at 2 p.m.