College Basketball: Bluffton splits with Hanover

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University’s women’s basketball team trailed at haltime but rebounded in a big way to knock off Hanover 81-71 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game Saturday at the Sommer Center.
Bluffton (8-5, 4-2 HCAC) trailed 34-32 at halftime but blitzed Hanover 49-37 in the second half to get the win.
Taylor Whitaker led six Beavers in double figures with 17 points. Brooke Ruffer had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kaitlyn Pennekamp (14 points), Belicia Cooper (12), Rachel Beining (10) and Gwen Downing (10) also reached double digits for Bluffton.
Alicia Hopkins netted 15 points and Megan Caudill added 14 to lead Hanover (5-8, 3-3).
MEN’S BASKETBALL
HANOVER 75
BLUFFTON 59
BLUFFTON — Four players scored in double figures for Hanover College as the Panthers handled Bluffton University 75-59 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup Saturday.
Tim Bass had 16 points and 10 assists to lead Hanover (9-4, 5-1 HCAC). The Panthers were 30 of 51 (59 percent) from the floor and 10 of 12 (83 percent) from the free throw line.
Billy Taflinger scored 16 points to lead Bluffton (6-7, 2-4 HCAC). Will Pope Added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The Beavers shot 22 of 49 (45 percent) from the floor, but were only 11 of 28 (39 percent) in the second half in which it was outscored 37-30.

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