Rose-Hulman inbounded from underneath its own basket with 10.3 seconds left and three seconds remaining on the shot clock in a 71-71 game. The entry pass was deflected to freshman Daniel Lowers (Gosport/ Edgewood), who quickly launched a shot that was short. Senior Jared Moore (Indianapolis/Perry Meridian) leaped into the air, snagged the rebound, and scored on a reverse layup with 6.7 seconds left.
Hanover had one final shot, with Clint Parker attempting to score on a three-pointer with time running out. Moore snatched a steal from Parker, however, to secure the Engineer victory.
"Hanover made all the shots early, and I'm so proud that we hung in there. We were very poised down the stretch, defended well and kept them off the boards. The last basket was an unbelievably great play by Jared. We had a great overall effort today," said Shaw.
Rose-Hulman shot 67.4% from the field in the game, their best shooting performance since a 1998 matchup with Hanover College. Senior Ron George (Louisville, Ky./Manual) paced the effort with 19 points on a perfect 8-8 from the field.
Other Engineers reaching double figures included freshman Michael Kelly (Fort Myers, Fla.) with 15 points on 7-9 from the field, and Lowers with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Robby Brown led three Hanover players in double figures with 17 points. Brock Dawson pitched in with 13 points and Clint Parker scored 11 for the Panthers.
Hanover jumped out to a 14-point first-half lead at 28-14, before Rose-Hulman charged to within 39-36 at the half. Three-pointers by sophomore Jeff McCartney (Wooster, Ohio/Triway) and junior Lorenzo Rice (Grandview, Mo.) keyed the first-half rally.
In the second half, Hanover again earned a steady lead at 57-49 with 8:25 remaining. Rose-Hulman methodically charged back to tie the score for the first time at 66-66 on two free throws by senior Phil Sundling (Huntington/North) with 3:30 left.
The Engineers gained their first lead of the day at 71-69 on a layup by George with 1:20 left. Two free throws by Brown knotted the score at 71-71 with 1:06 left and set the stage for the final possession.
Shaw stands at 200-153 in his 14th year at Rose-Hulman, and the Engineers improved to 7-9 on the campaign with the victory.
"This was such a good, big win for us. I think we needed to make up one or two of our early home losses to make the conference tournament, and we did that today," said Shaw.
Rose-Hulman improved to 3-4 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Hanover dropped to 8-8 on the campaign. The Engineers return to action on Wednesday at Anderson University.