Years from now, when their vertical jump isn't as high, and the hair is a little more gray, the players on the Hillsdale College men's basketball team may or may not remember the score of Friday night's game at Michigan State.
But they'll have memories that will last a lifetime.
Hillsdale fell to the Spartans 75-44 in an exhibition game at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Michigan. The Chargers' regular season officially begins next weekend by taking on Southern Indiana at Malone University.
Playing in front of more than 14,000 fans against a team ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division I preseason poll, and against likely NBA lottery pick Miles Bridges, Friday night was more about the experience for these Chargers than the final score. This marked the fourth time in the past six years Hillsdale has played a Big Ten opponent as part of its exhibition game slate, and arguably, this MSU team is the best of those four Hillsdale has faced.
The Chargers struggled shooting the ball throughout the game and finished 15-for-60 (25 percent) as a team. Hillsdale went 3-for-25 from 3-point territory, a percentage you aren't likely to see again this year.
A pair of Ryan Badowski 3-pointers late in the first half helped close the score to a 37-20 Michigan State lead at halftime. Those baskets were two of just five made by Hillsdale in the game's opening 20 minutes.
Badowski and junior Nate Neveau each scored 7 points in the game to lead Hillsdale. Trenton Richardson, Badowski, Nick Czarnowski and Austen Yarian all grabbed 4 rebounds, while Neveau had 2 assists and 3 steals.
Bridges shot 4-for-13 from the field and had 10 points. The Spartans were led by 14 from center Nick Ward while Jaren Jackson, Jr. had 12 points and 13 rebounds.