January 3, 2013 – The first half of the first game of the new year was ice cold for the Hillsdale College men's basketball team.
The Chargers managed to make just three field goals and trailed by 22 points by halftime of Thursday night's GLIAC contest versus Wayne State University in Detroit. Although the Chargers doubled their scoring output in the second half compared to the first, it wasn't enough as the team lost to the Warriors 71-57 at the Matthaei Center. Hillsdale is now 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the GLIAC while Wayne State remains undefeated in the GLIAC, improving to 6-0.
Hillsdale shot a miniscule 12 percent in the first half as the rim appeared to have a lid on it throughout the game's first 20 minutes. Wayne State was able to exploit that, and use its team quickness and athleticism to run its offense effectively in getting out to a 41-19 lead by halftime.
The first half's offensive struggles did not carry over into the second half. It took the Chargers less than four minutes to make their third field goal of the second half, whereas it took 20 minutes for them to make three buckets in the first half. The team's outside shooting, led by junior guard Brandon Pritzl (four 3-pointers) started cooking and the team cut a 22-point deficit to as little as 10 before the Warriors responded and pulled away.
Pritzl had 15 points and seven rebounds, while senior center Nick Washburn led the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Tim Dezelski fouled out for the first time this season, but collected 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Hillsdale did outrebound Wayne State 44-39, but the Chargers committed 16 turnovers to just eight by the Warriors. The Chargers' frigid shooting from the field spilled over to the free throw line. Hillsdale shot a season-high 40 free throw attempts, but missed 17, five more misses than it's had in a single game this season. The Chargers finished the ballgame making just 14 out of their 49 shots from the floor, 29 percent.
Hillsdale is back in action Saturday night at Saginaw Valley State University for a 5 p.m. tip-off. The Chargers haven't lost to the Cardinals since the 2005-06 season.