January 12, 2013 - The Hillsdale College men's basketball team played with the energy, intensity and precision it needs to be successful in its first home game of the new calendar year.
The Chargers whipped Ohio Dominican University 86-59 for their second straight impressive win over a GLIAC South Division rival. Hillsdale is now 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the GLIAC thanks to the victory.
Hillsdale put together a torrid shooting game for the second contest in a row, making 69 percent of its shots from the field, led by its two big men in the middle.
Senior Nick Washburn and junior Tim Dezelski each went 9-for-11 from the floor and combined for 40 points to spark the Hillsdale offense. They not only did a good job of finishing their dribble drives to the basket, but were the recipients of some pinpoint passing from their teammates. The Chargers notched 22 assists on 35 field goals, the second straight game they recorded more than 20 assists as a team.
The Chargers took firm control of the game from the outset, building a double-digit lead through the first 10 minutes of the contest. In a nice show of killer instinct, the team wasn't content with its 41-19 lead, and nearly doubled that lead before garbage time ensued.
The game did get chippy between these teams, as there were a total of three technical fouls called on the players, two for Hillsdale and one for Ohio Dominican.
Dezelski led the Chargers with 21 points, while Washburn was a force inside with 19 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Both players got their work done in just 25 minutes on the floor.
Much of Ohio Dominican's second-half offense came via the foul line. The two teams combined for just four free throws in the first half, but the Panthers finished the game 22-for-25 from the charity stripe, accounting for half of their 40 second-half points.