ALLENDALE, Mich. — No. 3 Findlay dropped a 72-66 road decision to Grand Valley State on Thursday. The loss drops the Oilers to 20-2 on the year with a 14-2 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Oilers trailed 28-27 at the half, but were out-scored 25-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second period. The Oilers then made a few short runs, but were unable to overcome the 17-point lead Grand Valley State built early in the second half.
Senior guard Nathan Hyde led the team with 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He also made 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range to moved up the career list, ahead of Tyson McGlaughlin, who made 238 from 2002 to 2005. Hyde is now second all time at Findlay with 241 career triples.
Junior guard Kyle Caiola also reached double figures with 18 points and four assists while senior forward Tyler Sparks came off the bench to add nine points and eight rebounds.
As a team, the Oilers shot 39.7 percent (23 of 58) from the floor while the Lakers connected on 50 percent (22 of 44). The Oilers’ bench was outscored by a 32-18 advantage in the game as Findlay moved into a tie with Ferris State for the top seed in the GLIAC Tournament with the loss.
The Lakers were led by James Thomas, who scored a game-high 18 points.