RICHMOND, Ind. – Sixteen-point nights from both Kenneth Stalling Jr. (Gary, Ind./Thea Bowman) and Elijah Wilson-Thomas (Goldsboro, N.C./Massanutten) were not enough to overcome an impressive shooting performance by visiting Hanover College, and Earlham College men's basketball dropped a 77-54 decision to the Panthers on Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.
Wilson-Thomas connected on three 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, and hauled down a team-high five rebounds.
Chainey Zolman (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) and Jamel Barnes (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) each chipped in with eight points for Earlham (6-16, 4-11 Heartland), with Barnes also handing out six assists.
Hanover (17-5, 12-3 Heartland) had four players in double figures, placed by Cam Fails with 20 points on four treys. Wes McKinney and Nick White each tacked on 19 points in the Panther win.
The Quakers turned a solid all-around performance, committing a season-low seven turnovers against five steals, and shooting 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from the field – a figure that was much higher for most of the game but took a late hit on Earlham's 2-of-10 mark over the final five minutes.
However, Hanover connected at a 50.0 percent (28-of-56) clip over the entire 40 minutes, including a 10-of-18 mark from beyond the arc. The Panthers also outrebounded the Quakers, 36 to 23.
Earlham men's basketball returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the Quakers travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Rose-Hulman. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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