December 15, 2012 - So far this season, the halftime score has meant little in the home GLIAC games the Hillsdale College men's basketball team has played.
In their first two conference home games, the Chargers rallied from small halftime deficits to pull out victories over Northwood and Lake Superior State. Saturday night, Grand Valley State turned the tables on Hillsdale, coming back from a 30-27 halftime deficit to post a 67-58 win over the Chargers at Jesse Philips Arena.
Hillsdale, now 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC, will host Ferris State University Monday starting at 6 p.m.
This rare Saturday night home game was intensely played by both teams, and Hillsdale was able to overcome some early foul trouble to build an eight-point lead over the Lakers. But in the second half, Grand Valley State's defense took over the ballgame.
GVSU opened the second half on an 8-0 run, a run that took just 2:01, to turn a three-point deficit into a five-point lead. The Chargers battled back, counterpunching with a 12-2 run to take a 44-41 lead with 9:32 to play. But the Laker defense sealed off the paint area and forced Hillsdale's offense into predominantly jump shots, while the Lakers took advantage of every opportunity they had to regain, and extend their lead.
After a pair of Tim Dezelski free throws gave the Chargers a three-point lead with nine mintes to play, GVSU held Hillsdale without a field goal for nine minutes. From the 10:30 mark until the 1:22 mark, Hillsdale's only points came from the free throw line. During that span, GVSU went on a 20-7 run.
The Chargers held a huge edge on the boards, 39-23, but the Lakers shot 50 percent from the floor compared to 38 for the Chargers. Grand Valley State also did an exceptional job of taking care of the basketball, turning it over just seven times.
Dezelski led Hillsdale with 21 points and eight rebounds, going 6-for-12 from the field. Junior guard Brandon Pritzl added 12 and had six boards, while senior center Bick Washburn collected eight points and eight rebounds, all in the second half.