A 10-2 run to end the game clinched a hard-fought win for Kentucky Wesleyan over the Hillsdale College men's basketball team at one of the toughest venues in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The Chargers battled back from an eight-point second half deficit, but ended up with a frustrating 75-68 overtime loss to the Panthers Saturday afternoon in Owensboro, Kentucky. The loss drops Hillsdale to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the G-MAC.
After playing from behind for much of the game, Hillsdale pulled even and traded baskets with the defending conference champions in the waning minutes of regulation.
Sophomore Dylan Lowry swished a 3-point shot to give Hillsdale a 66-65 lead with 2:28 to go in overtime. But the Panthers scored 10 of the game's final 12 points from there, with seven of those points coming from the free throw line. KWC went 7-for-8 as a team from the charity stripe in the game's final 44 seconds, and was able to get four straight defensive stops on the other end to clinch the win.
One telling statistic that went one way in regulation and another in overtime was points off turnovers. Hillsdale did a terrific job of taking care of the ball in the game's first 40 minutes, and countered a deficit in field goal percentage by outscoring the Panthers 16-4 in points off turnovers. However, KWC reversed that stat in overtime, gaining a 4-0 advantage over the Chargers in points off turnovers in the game's extra period.
KWC shot 50 percent from the field as a team compared to just 37.5 percent for the Chargers. Hillsdale turned the ball over just 10 times compared to 19 for the Panthers, and Hillsdale held a 15-7 edge in offensive rebounds. The Chargers hurt themselves by going 8-for-18 from the free throw line, and they missed 22 of their 28 3-point field goal attempts.
Senior Stedman Lowry led Hillsdale with 15 points, making three 3-point field goals. Junior Nick Czarnowski had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while junior Nate Neveau had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.