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Injuries plague Transylvania Pioneers Wednesday in 87-77 loss to Hanover

Injuries and lineup changes limited Transylvania in its first game of the spring semester, which ended in a 10-point loss to conference foe Hanover, 87-77. With recent medical concerns sidelining freshman guard Alex Jones, the Pioneers had to adjust to new lineups and offensive and defensive sets. But, the matchup also saw the return of Pioneers freshman guard Garrett Dorfman from injury.


The game started very slowly with the score tied at 12 with 10 minutes left in the first. At this point, Hanover was dictating the speed of the game and forcing the Pioneers to take difficult and uncomfortable shots.


The Pioneers broke away by forcing fast-break points and making difficult shots to spread the floor. The Pioneers went on a run opened up by a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Parker Stansberry. In this run, the Pioneers shot well over 50 percent from beyond the arc and ended the game shooting a stellar 11-of-22 from three-point range.


Despite this run, the Panthers of Hanover clawed their way back, and with a three pointer as time expired, took the lead, 31-30 going into the locker room. This lead was largely due to 14-of-18 shooting from the free throw line, compared to 2-for-4 for Transylvania. This foul differential haunted the Pioneers and led to two players fouling out.


“Leading by ten late in the first half and then going into the locker room down by one was demoralizing,” noted Head Coach Brian Lane.


In all categories, aside from free throw shooting, the game was very close. Throughout the final minutes, Transylvania kept coming up with big shots from freshman guard Ethan Rowe, Stansberry, and freshman guard Logan Wade, all who helped keep the game within reach.


Though the team played well and adjusted on the go, they fell short due to fouling. It was the costly fouls on shots that downedthe Pioneers’ fouls, allowing for bonus free throws.


“I liked a lot of the things we did offensively but being out-scored by 27 at the foul line gives you no chance to win,” noted Coach Lane.


Leading the way for Pioneers was Stansberry who played in 39 minutes of action and scored a game high 27 points including 3-of-5 shooting from three point range. To go along with his points were 12 rebounds and an assist. Also contributing was Rowe, who tallied 17 points in 33 minutes of action.


As a team, the Pioneers lead in assists, with 15 compared to Hanover’s eight. These assists were shared by guards freshman Mason Monroe and junior Tommy Sirkin who each had five. Monroe also contributed six points and three rebounds in the contest.


The Pioneers next game will be this Saturday, January 11 at 3 p.m. against Manchester University at home.


From Transylvania Athletics.

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