Dec. 13, 2008

Courtesy of Findlay

The University of Findlay men’s basketball team, ranked first in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, defeated 11th ranked Grand Valley State University 68-47 on Saturday, December 13 in Allendale, Michigan. The victory gives the Oilers a 6-0 record on the year with a 3-0 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Findlay found themselves clinging to a 20-16 lead with just under four minutes to play in the first period before senior guard Tyler Evans connected on a pair of three pointers to give the Oilers a 26-16 advantage with 2:26 showing on the clock.

Senior forward Josh Bostic then came up with a lay-up and three of his own to push the score to 31-16 before sophomore forward Tyler Sparks scored off of an offensive rebound to cap Findlay’s 13-0 run with only 37 seconds remaining in the opening half.

The Lakers then scored at the buzzer to end the run and close the gap to 33-18 at the break.

Findlay forced Grand Valley State into 13 turnovers in the first half which led to 19 points for the top ranked team in NCAA Division II.

The second half was much of the same for Findlay as they claimed their first win over the Lakers in Allendale since defeating them 83-74 on January 29, 2004, a stretch of five games.

As a team, the Oilers shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and hit on 7-of-17 (41.2%) of their three point attempts. They also forced 21 turnovers and held the Lakers to 40.5 percent (15-of-37) shooting in the win.

Individually, sophomore guard Nathan Hyde led the way with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Hyde also connected on 3-of-6 three point tries.

Bostic and junior guard Marcus Parker each added 12 points apiece to round out the other Findlay players in double figures.

Bostic added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals while Parker hit 7-of-9 attempts from the free throw line to go along with five assists.

The Lakers were led by Justin Ringler who poured in a game-high 19 points.

Findlay will be back in action again on Sunday, December 14 when they face Ferris State University at 4:00 p.m. in Big Rapids, Michigan.