February 16, 2013 - The Hillsdale College men's basketball team came out on the losing end of a home game for just the fourth time since the start of the 2011-12 season Saturday afternoon.
Ashland University outscored the Chargers 43-29 in the second half and came away with a 64-56 victory at Jesse Philips Arena. It's the first time Ashland has won a game at Hillsdale since December 2007.
Hillsdale falls to 16-7 overall and 12-7 in the GLIAC with the loss. The team plays its final home regular season game Thursday night against GLIAC newcomer Malone University.
This game featured two halves that greatly contrasted one another, particularly from Ashland's point of view. The Eagles shot just 24 percent from the floor in the first half and missed seven of its first eight 3-point attempts. But in the second half, Ashland buried 70 percent of its shots and made all five of their 3-point shots, swinging the game heavily in its favor.
On the other side, the Chargers made just 20 field goals in the game, its fewest in the past seven games, and had its lowest shooting percentage in a game (.370) since a Jan. 5 loss at Saginaw Valley State.
A Brandon Pritzl jumper tied the game at 44-44 with 7:07 to play. From that point, the Eagles outscored the Chargers 20-12. In the final seven minutes, Ashland committed just two turnovers and made three 3-point shots.
Junior Tim Dezelski led Hillsdale with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, and had three blocks and three steals before fouling out. Nick Washburn blocked four shots, while Pritzl scored 11.