A cold end to the game doomed the Hillsdale College men's basketball team in Ohio Saturday afternoon.
Ashland University shot the ball very well from the field, 3-point territory and the free throw line in an 86-76 win over the Chargers Saturday afternoon at the Kates Gymnasium. The loss drops Hillsdale to 7-9 overall and 3-7 in the GLIAC.
Early in the second half, Hillsdale put together an impressive string of offense and led by as many as five points, 60-55. But the Eagles, who shot 63 percent for the game, responded with made baskets from what seemed like every spot on the floor, and used an 8-0 run to change momentum and take the lead for good.
Even though the Eagles had a red-hot shooting game, the Chargers weren't bad themselves, connecting on 52 percent of their shots (28-for-54), while going 13-for-15 from the free throw line. But Ashland was even better from the charity stripe, going 22-for-24, ensuring Hillsdale couldn't mount a late rally in the game's final minute.
Both teams combined for just 43 total rebounds, a testament to how well each team shot it.
Senior center Nick Archer was a go-to player on offense throughout for the Chargers, and responded with a team-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field. He also collected eight rebounds to lead Hillsdale.
UP NEXT: Hillsdale returns home Thursday, hosting Walsh University at 8 p.m.