There's no place like home for the Charger men's basketball team.
After suffering three tough losses in three straight games on the road since last weekend, the team returned home for the first time in nine days and put together a devastating game against Ohio Dominican University.
Hillsdale shot a smoking 68 percent from the floor on its way to an 87-56 blowout of the Panthers Saturday afternoon. The game was also noteworthy because it marked the first appearance of former Hillsdale College men's basketball assistant coach Dan Evans as an opposing head coach. Evans is in his first season guiding the Panther program.
The Chargers improved to 14-7 overall with the win, and 10-7 in the GLIAC. The team hits the court next Thursday at Lake Erie.
Evans served with Charger head coach John Tharp on the Hillsdale College staff since the 2007-08 season. Back on Jan. 18, Evans earned what had to be a gratifying win, 57-55, over Hillsdale in Columbus. Saturday's matchup was anything but a repeat performance.
Simply put, everything was falling for the Chargers. Eleven different players attempted a field goal for Hillsdale in this game, and nine of them had a shooting percentage of 50 percent or better. Senior guard Brandon Pritzl and sophomore center Jason Pretzer combined to make all 11 of their shots in this game. Non-starters shot a combined 14-for-16 (87.5 percent) in this game.
The Chargers ran their motion offense brilliantly, with players playing unselfishly, making the extra pass, which more often than not, ended up as a made basket.
The team shot 62 percent from 3-point land (11-for-18) and made enough spectacular plays to fill a highlight reel.
Sophomore Kyle Cooper was on the receiving end of two dazzling alley-opp dunks off pinpoint passes from sophomore guard Zach Miller. Senior Tim Dezelski went 10-for-16 from the floor, leading all players in the game with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocked shots.
Pritzl went 3-for-3 from 3-point land, finishing with 16 to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Cooper tallied 10 in the win.
Pretzer was aggressive on offense and was rewarded with a career-high 15 points in 12 minutes off the bench. He made all six of his shots, and had 3 rebounds and 2 assists for the Chargers.
Hillsdale outrebounded ODU 37-25, and the Panthers were limited to 18.5 percent shooting on 3-point shots (5-for-27).