2.23.12 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Late Charge Propels Hillsdale to 76-68 Win over Cavs

Men's Basketball, 2013-02-23

(North Canton, OH) Hillsdale College (17-8, 13-8) snapped a 66-66 tie with a 9-0 run late in the game, and went on to defeat Walsh (16-8, 12-8) 76-68 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game. The loss, the second straight for the Cavs, drops them into third place in the GLIAC, and eliminates them from the title race. Walsh is 2.5 games back of front running Findlay, with two games to play.

After Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) scored two of his game-high 26 points to tie the game at 66 with 2:32 to play, Hillsdale’s Cody Smith tied the game on layup and drew a foul to give Hillsdale a 69-66 lead. Walsh then missed three straight 3-pointers, while the Chargers scored six straight points to build a 75-66 lead with 40 seconds to play.  Walsh’s final two points came on two free throws from Jeff Copeland (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. Johns Jesuit).

The game was tight throughout with 12 ties and 16 lead changes. Hillsdale led 36-30 at the half after shooting 52% in the first 20 minutes. Walsh did not help their own cause as they went 3-9 from the line in the first half.

Walsh came out hot in the second half and built a four-point lead at 44-40 in the three minutes.  The Cavs then maintained the lead, and led by four (62-58) with 5:17 to play.

Back-to-back three’s from Hillsdale’s Anthony Manno gave the Chargers the lead at 64-62 with 3:29 to play.  The last tie of the game came at 66 on the Kornowski basket.

Kornowski led all scorers with 26 points.  Copeland added 15.

Hillsdale placed five players in double figures, led by Nick Washburn’s 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Walsh is home to Wayne State University on Wednesday at 6 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on 95.9 FM, WNPQ.