Over the course of his four-year career, fans of the Charger men's basketball team have come to recognize "Stedman Lowry Games."
He had another one of those Saturday.
The senior guard exploded for 24 first-half points on his way to a team season-high 29 in Hillsdale's 82-72 win over Cedarville University in Ohio. The win, Hillsdale's second straight, improves the team to 15-4 overall and 9-3 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in school history, Lowry found his rhythm early and often, making five straight 3-point shots in the game's first 6:58 to quickly put the Chargers on top 25-9. Those kind of outbursts simply don't happen very often in the game of basketball, but with Lowry, they happen more often than most.
He finished the game with seven made 3-point baskets, his eighth career game with six or more 3-point shots. Like in this game, those shots tend to come in bunches, making him one of the most entertaining players to watch in recent Charger history. His shooting was the biggest reason Hillsdale notched its 15th win of the season Saturday.
But that win wouldn't come easily. Hillsdale led Cedarville by 17 points at halftime, 47-30, but the Yellow Jackets caught fire themselves coming out of halftime. The home team went on a 14-4 run to quickly cut the 17-point deficit to 7, 51-44, with 15:02 left in the game. But the Chargers counter-punched effectively. Davis Larson made a 3-pointer, Nick Czarnowski made a layup and Ryan Badowski drained a pair of free throws to answer that spurt with a 7-0 run, restoring a double-digit lead for Hillsdale.
Cedarville went on a 13-4 run to pull within 7, 76-69, after a 3-pointer by Grant Zawadzki, with 1:11 to play. But that's when junior Nate Neveau calmly closed the game out for the Chargers. He made six straight free throws and had a steal in the game's final 67 seconds to keep Hillsdale on top.
Lowry led the team with 5 rebounds, going 7-for-13 from 3-point territory. Czarnowski added 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting for Hillsdale, while Gordon Behr had 10 points, 3 rebounds and a block for the Chargers.