When coaches use the phrase "our seniors need to be seniors" they were probably thinking of the games turned in by Charger men's basketball seniors Ryan Badowski and Stedman Lowry Thursday night at Ohio Valley University.
Badowski got the Chargers off to a good start in the first half of Thursday's game, and Lowry heated up in the second half of a 77-56 Hillsdale win over the Fighting Scots in West Virginia. The win makes the Chargers 14-4 overall and 8-3 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play.
Badowski went 4-for-5 from 3-point territory in the first half and finished with a team-high 20 points for the Chargers. It was his second 20-point game of the season and second-most he's scored in a game in the 2017-18 campaign. He shot 50 percent from the floor (7-for-14) and made five 3-point field goals overall, the third time this season he's made five from beyond the arc.
Lowry nailed a 3-pointer with one second left in the first half to push Hillsdale's lead from nine to 12 points, then opened the second half with a jumper to quickly extend the lead to 14. He finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists while continuing his strong play of late.
From Dec. 7-16, Lowry averaged 8.8 points per game. But since the team's game at Alderson Broaddus Dec. 30, he's averaged 18.3 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.
After trailing 5-0 early in the game, the Chargers went to Badowski to get them going offensively. He hit his first 3-pointer of the game, which was followed by an and-one play by junior forward Gordon Behr, and the Chargers erased the five-point deficit in less than two minutes.
Hillsdale held Ohio Valley to 30 percent shooting from the field (16-for-53) and forced 23 turnovers. The Chargers punished the Scots with a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers and doubled the home team in second-chance points (16-8).
Junior Nick Czarnowski scored 13 points and had a team-high 8 rebounds for the Chargers in the win. Junior guard Nate Neveau had 4 points, 4 assists and 5 steals with no turnovers in 31 minutes of action.