December 19, 2012 - Christmas is less than one week away, and the Hillsdale College men's basketball team earned themselves a nice gift as the festive holiday approaches.
The Chargers played their entire roster significant minutes and every player contributed to an 84-50 win over the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wednesday night at Jesse Philips Arena. The win sends Hillsdale into the break with an overall record of 8-2.
The team resumes conference play on Thursday Jan. 3 at Wayne State.
Hillsdale shot an unbelievble 78 percent from the floor in the second half as it outscored the Wolves 54-32. The Chargers built a 30-18 halftime lead, thanks in large part to the dead-eye shooting of junior Anthony Manno.
A tall, hard-working guard who's battled injuries in recent years, Manno has provided the Chargers with essential outside shooting when he's been on the court, and Wednesday night, he lit it up in a way never before seen during his collegiate career. He nailed five 3-point field goals on his way to a career-high 15 points for the Chargers. His production came in just 11 minutes, and his smarts and court awareness are also huge plusses for the Chargers when he's on the court.
Senior center Nick Washburn, who was coming off the finest game of his career Monday night, followed that up with an 18-point, seven-rebound performance in the victory. He went 7-for-=10 from the floor and made all four of his free throws. He used his superior size in the middle effectively for the Chargers,
Hillsdale had a season-high 23 assists on 32 made field goals, and the team outrebounded the Wolves 38-23.
Junior Tim Dezelski popped in 11 points and had six boards, while freshman Lucas Grose saw his most extended playing time of the season with a career-high 11 points to go along with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.