March 14, 2009

Courtesy of Grand Valley State Athletics

Grand Valley State dropped a 66-51 decision to #1-ranked and undefeated Findlay in an NCAA DII Midwest Regional First-Round game Saturday, March 14 in Findlay, Ohio. Grand Valley State, making its fourth straight NCAA DII Midwest Regional appearance, ends the 2008-09 season with a 21-10 record.

The Lakers and Oilers played an even first half with nine ties and four lead changes. GVSU built the largest lead of the first half (23-18) on a layup by freshman center Nick West at the 5:23 mark. Findlay went on an 11-4 run to take a 29-27 lead, but two free throws from sophomore guard Justin Ringler tied the game (29-29) after 20 minutes of action.

Findlay opened the second half with an 8-0 run and led 40-31 with 12:27 left in the game as GVSU managed just two points in the opening 7:33 of the second half. However, back-to-back layup from Ringler pulled GVSU back to within five points (40-35) at the 11:07 mark. Findlay answered again with a 9-0 run to build a 49-35 lead and GVSU would get no closer than 10 points for the remainder of the game. Sophomore forward Toreau Brown hit a pair of free throws and a layup in the paint to cut the UF lead to 10 (50-40), but a three-pointer by Morgan Lewis upped the Oiler lead to 13 points with 5:20 left.

GVSU outrebound Findlay 40-21, but the Lakers also turned the ball over 18 times compared to just four by Findlay. Findlay was 24-for-28 from the charity stripe, while the Lakers were 18-of-26. Freshman center Nick West led GVSU with 11 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Alvin Storrs added 10 points. Senior forward Pete Trammell and Ringler each added nine points. Senior forward Bobby Tiernan pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

Pete Trammell finished his career 21st on the all-time scoring list with 1,209 points, while his 148 made three-pointers moved him past former Laker John Flynn into eighth. The Laker senior class also ended their careers with the most victories (111) of any four-year performers.