Nov. 18, 2008

Courtesy of Findlay Athletics

FINDLAY, Ohio - The University of Findlay men’s basketball team, ranked first in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, will open their season at home on Tuesday, November 18 against the University of Indianapolis. The non-conference contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Croy Gymnasium.

The Series

Findlay currently holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series against Indianapolis after defeating the Greyhounds 84-83 in overtime during the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004.

As a team, the Oilers chucked up 34 triples but converted only nine.

Tyson McGlaughlin led the way going 4-of-12 from long range.

Dustin Pfeifer led five Oilers in double-figures with 20 points on the night. McGlaughlin and Frank Phillips were next in the scoring column with 17 and 16 points while Matt Metzger and Brad Rethman chipped in with ten apiece.

Rethman also led the squad in rebounds with 11 on the night.

Former Greyhound all-American David Logan, who was the NCAA Division II Player of the Year as a senior, led the way for Indianapolis with 24 points.

The University of Findlay

The University of Findlay men’s basketball team was defeated 79-76 by Xavier University on Friday, November 7 in an exhibition game.

The Oilers played outstanding in the second half and outscored Xavier 53-42 in the second half. Findlay, who shot so poorly in the opening period, connected on 61.8 percent (21-of-34) of their field goal attempts in the final period.

As a team, the Oilers shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) for the game and forced Xavier into 27 turnovers which included 15 Findlay steals. The Musketeers dominated the glass however, out-rebounding the Oilers 42-23.

Senior forward Josh Bostic led the way with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Bostic scored all but one of his points in the second half and also added three steals and three triples.

Senior forward Morgan Lewis added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor to go along with a team-high seven rebounds while senior center Lee Roberts clicked for ten points in 34 minutes.

Junior guard Marcus Parker finished the game with nine points, eight assists and three steals while senior guard Tyler Evans chipped in nine points on 3-of-9 shooting from the floor.

University of Indianapolis

The Greyhounds men's basketball team overmatched the visiting Taylor-Fort Wayne Falcons for a convincing 104-65 victory in the team's season opener at Nicoson Hall on Saturday, November 15.

Six Indianapolis players scored in double figures as they were led by Jordan Barnard’s 16 points.

Keith Radcliff (15), Braxton Mills (14), Russell Allen (12), Tyke Cockerham (11) and Larry Woods (10) rounded out the other Greyhound players in double figures.

Sergey Struck led in rebounding with 11 off the bench.

Climbing The Ladder

Senior forward Josh Bostic has scored 1,037 career points during his tenure with Findlay. His total ranks 35th all-time.

He is currently chasing Ken Pothast for 34th place who scored 1,046 points in his career dating from 1978-81.

After Pothast, Bostic will be nipping at Tyson McGlaughlin who scored 1,134 career points from 2002-05.

Chasing The 1,000 Point Club

Senior guard Tyler Evans, senior center Lee Roberts and junior guard Marcus Parker and senior forward Morgan Lewis all have a chance to reach the 1,000 point plateau during the 2008-09 season.

Evans has currently scored 712 points, Roberts is at 651 points, Parker checks in with 637 career points and Lewis is standing at 511.

The Oilers have had 37 players reach the 1,000 point plateau during their tenure at Findlay.

Preseason National Player Of The Year

Senior forward Josh Bostic was tabbed the Preseason NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the DII Bulletin on October 10.

Bostic, a NCAA Division II all-American last year as a junior, averaged 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game during the 2007-08 season. He was named first team all-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was also a first team all-Great Lakes Region and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection.

In postseason play, Bostic earned spots on the all-tournament teams for the GLIAC and Great Lakes Region championships.

Preseason National Rankings

The Oilers were tabbed as the top ranked team in all of NCAA Division II basketball by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and also the DII Bulletin.

The Oilers finished last season ranked 7th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll.

Preseason All-American

Junior forward Josh Bostic was tabbed as the Preseason NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the DII Bulletin and was also selected as an all-American in several different releases. Bostic earned a preseason spot on NCAA Division II all-American lists from the Sporting News, DII Bulletin and the Basketball Times.

Preseason GLIAC Poll

The Oilers were tabbed the favorites to win the South Division of the GLIAC on October 30 in voting conducted by the head coaches and media within the conference.

The Oilers received 29 first place votes and a total of 169 points in the poll. They were followed in the South Division by Hillsdale College (141), Ashland University (110), Northwood University (89), Wayne State University (79) and Tiffin University (36).

Grand Valley State University was tabbed as the top team in the North Division after receiving 29 first place votes and 179 points. The Lakers were followed by Michigan Technological University (133), Lake Superior State University (102), Saginaw Valley State University (93), Ferris State University (69) and Northern Michigan University (54).

Preseason GLIAC Player Of The Year

Senior forward Josh Bostic was tabbed the GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year on October 30 in voting conducted by the head coaches and media within the conference.

Bostic was named first team all-American, first team all-Great Lakes Region and first team all-GLIAC last year as a junior. He also earned spots on the GLIAC all-tournament team as well as the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region all-tournament team.

Preseason All-GLIAC Team

Senior forwards Josh Bostic and Morgan Lewis were named to the preseason all-GLIAC South Division team on October 30 in voting conducted by the head coaches and media within the conference.

Bostic was named first team all-GLIAC last season while Lewis earned second team honors during his junior year.

Among The Best

The Oilers have the second best winning percentage in NCAA Division II competition during the 2000’s. During this decade, the Oilers have won 202 games and lost only 46 for a percentage of .815.

Metro State has the best record during the decade, three tenths of a percentage point ahead of Findlay.

A Tough Place To Play

The Oilers are 453-106 (.810) in Croy Gymnasium since they starting playing home games there during the 1969-70 season.

In the past five years, the Oilers are a staggering 83-2 at home for a winning percentage of .976.

The record includes a school record 59 game home winning streak, which was ended with a 60-56 loss to Northern Kentucky University on March 11, 2007 in the second round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

Regular Season Home Winning Streak

The Oilers have currently won 58 straight regular season games in Croy Gymnasium. The last time Findlay lost at home during the regular season came against Gannon University on February 12, 2004 when the Golden Knights upended the Oilers 70-68.

National Elite

The Oilers have appeared in seven consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight during the 2004-05 campaign and the Sweet 16 in 2007-08.

Overall, the Oilers have an 9-7 record in the tournament and have secured the top seed twice.

Once reaching the NCAA Tournament, the Oilers have proved to be tough out, reaching the second round in 6-of-7 attempts thus far.

Conference Championships

The Oilers have won seven GLIAC South Division titles in their 11 year affiliation with the conference.

The Oilers have also won three conference tournaments, capturing titles in 2007, 2005 and 2004.

GLIAC Tournament Success

The Oilers currently sport a 15-4 overall record in the GLIAC Tournament, winning titles in 2007, 2005 and 2004.

Overall, Findlay has appeared in the championship game of the event five times in the past six years. They reached the finals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

All-American

Senior forward Josh Bostic was named first team all-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) last year during his junior season. On the season, Bostic averaged 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

This season, Bostic will have the opportunity to become the first Oilers basketball player to be named a NCAA Division II all-American twice during his playing career.

All-Great Lakes Region Team

Senior forward Josh Bostic was voted as a first team all-Great Lakes Region selection according to the NABC last year as a junior. The selection was the first of his career with the Oilers.

All-GLIAC Team

Senior forward Josh Bostic was named first team all-GLIAC in the South Division while senior forward Morgan Lewis earned second team honors last year for the Oilers.

Bostic, who was named second team all-GLIAC as a sophomore, and junior guard Marcus Parker were also named to the all-defensive team, the second consecutive season they have achieved the feat.