No. 1 Findlay Victorious In Season-Opener
Nov. 18, 2008
Story and photo courtesy Findlay Athletics
FINDLAY, Ohio - The University of Findlay men's basketball team, ranked first in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, held off the University of Indianapolis 77-66 on Tuesday, November 18 in Croy Gymnasium. The victory gives the Oilers a 1-0 record on the season and extended their regular season home winning streak to 59 games in the process.
Findlay jumped out to a 36-23 advantage at the half and despite being out-scored by the Greyhounds in the second period, the Oilers came away with a crucial win in the Midwest Region.
As a team, the Oilers shot 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the floor but struggled from the free throw line and behind the arc. During the victory, Findlay hit on only 3-of-15 (20.0%) of their shots from the three point line and converted only 66.7 percent (16-of-24) of their attempts from the charity stripe.
The Oilers also forced 19 turnovers which included 15 steals and grabbed 34 rebounds, 18 of them coming off of the offensive glass.
Senior center Lee Roberts led six Oilers in double figures with 14 points. He made 6-of-15 shots from the floor and also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to go along with two swats.
Senior forward Josh Bostic added 13 points, five steals and four rebounds while sophomore forward Tyler Sparks and senior forward Morgan Lewis chipped in 12 points apiece.
Lewis added four steals and three rebounds while Sparks hit on 6-of-7 field goal attempts to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Marcus Parker and sophomore guard Nathan Hyde rounded out the other Oilers in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Indianapolis meanwhile connected on 48.1 percent (25-of-52) of their field goal attempts and were led by Keith Radcliff's game-high 20 points.
The Oilers will be back in action again on Friday, November 21 when they host the University of Northwestern Ohio at 7:30 p.m. in Croy Gymnasium.