January 5, 2013 - The Hillsdale College men's basketball team suffered its second straight road loss of the new year Saturday night, losing a 48-41 decision to Saginaw Valley State University. The loss drops Hillsdale to 8-4 on the season and 4-4 in GLIAC play.
It was SVSU's first win over Hillsdale since December 10, 2005, a streak that lasted for 10 games.
The Chargers play at Tiffin Jan. 10 before coming back home a week from Saturday to host Ohio Dominican as the South Division portion of their schedule begins.
After a first half that saw the teams combine for just 34 points (18-16 SVSU), the Chargers found a bit of rhythm to start the second half, and led by as many as six points. But Hillsdale was never able to pull away in the middle of the half, and the Cardinals were able to make crucial plays down the stretch at both ends of the court to pull out the win.
A free throw by junior Tim Dezelski gave Hillsdale a 41-38 lead with 6:38 to play in the ballgame. But that would turn out to be the final points of the game, as SVSU picked up a couple steals that turned into layups, and did a good job of closing down scoring chances for the Chargers throughout the final minutes. SVSU finished the game on a 10-0 run.
The 41 points are the fewest scored in a game by Hillsdale since John Tharp became the head coach prior to the 2007-08 season. The team shot 34 percent from the field in the game and 3-for-16 from behind the 3-point arc. The Chargers have typically outscored foes in 3-point shooting throughout the season, but were minus-6 in this contest, a big reason why SVSU came out on top.