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Men's Basketball Falls at Hanover; Team Will be #6 Tourney Seed

Men's Basketball Falls at Hanover; Team Will be #6 Tourney Seed

HANOVER, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has received the No. 6 seed in next weekend's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament after a 65-55 loss at Hanover College on Saturday afternoon.

Transylvania University will host both the HCAC men's and women's basketball tournaments after winning tiebreakers as part of co-championship seasons.  Franklin is the No. 2 men's seed, followed by Hanover, Bluffton, Anderson and Rose-Hulman.

The Fightin' Engineers will face Hanover College in the HCAC Tournament Opener at 8 pm on Friday night at Transylvania.  The winner will face No. 2 seed Franklin College at 7 pm on Saturday.

John Czarnecki became the 32nd member of the 1,000-point club at Rose-Hulman with his 9-point effort at Hanover on Saturday.  Czarnecki has exactly 1,000 career points after finishing with nine points and eight rebounds on Saturday.

Eli Combs and Craig McGee led the Fightin' Engineer offense with 12 points each.  Combs was 4-6 from the field, while McGee had five assists and was 5-9 from the field.

Other key contributors included Zach Callahan with seven points, and Terry Hicks with four points.

Hanover shot 46% from the field in the win and had three players in double figures, led by Kevin Williams with 20 points on 9-11 from the field.

Rose-Hulman trailed by nine points at the half and rallied within seven on three occasions in the second half but could not overcome the host Panthers on Senior Day.

Hanover improved to 17-8 overall and 11-7 in conference play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 13-12 and 10-8 in league play.