February 9, 2013 - Senior center Nick Washburn needed just three points Saturday to become the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club in Hillsdale College men's basketball history. It took him a little while to get there, but, like for the rest of his team, good things happened in the second half.
Washburn converted a three-point play that put the Chargers ahead for good in a hard-fought 75-64 win over Ohio Dominican University Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Hillsdale has now won three straight and is 15-6 overall and 11-6 in the GLIAC on the season. The team returns home next week for a pair of home games against South Division foes Lake Erie College Thursday, and Ashland University Saturday.
Last year, three members of the men's basketball team scored their 1,000th point - Brad Guinane, Tyler Gerber and Brent Eaton. Saturday, Washburn joined them as a four-figure scorer in his career. He is the third center in the past 10 years to tally more than 1,000 points as a Charger, joining Matt Mylnarcheck '03, and Tony Gugino '09.
For a while, it looked like Washburn might miss out on his milestone and the Chargers might miss out on a win over the South Division's eighth-place club. Ohio Dominican played an excellent first 30 minutes of the ballgame, led by eight at halftime (33-25), and by as many as 14 early in the second half (43-29). Hillsdale had trouble taking care of the ball and were getting outworked on the offensive boards by the Panthers, trailing 8-3 in that category at one point.
But the 3-point shot served Hillsdale well in that second half and helped it quickly get back into the game. The Chargers blitzed the Panthers with a 21-4 run starting at the 15:15 mark of the second half to take their first lead, 49-48, with 10:00 to play. In that five-minute stretch, Hillsdale nailed five 3-point baskets to accelerate the comeback.
Pritzl set a new career-high with 24 points, going 4-for-6 from 3-point land in the game. His previous career-high in scoring was 19, coming once earlier this season and once in 2011-12. He also had four rebounds and three assists, and scored 10 of his points in a first half that saw the Chargers struggle offensively, outside of Pritzl's work.
Dezelski led Hillsdale with 25 points, the second-most in a game in his career, only trailing his 26-point effort versus Lewis back in November. Dezelski set a new career-high by making five 3-point baskets. He shot 9-for-15 from the floor in the game, and led his team with nine rebounds to go along with two assists. Twenty of Dezelski's 25 points came in the second half, which saw Hillsdale outscore Ohio Dominican 50-31.
Washburn also had four blocked shots in the game, and sophomore guard Cody Smith added eight points for the Chargers.