The University of Findlay men's basketball team, ranked ninth in the nation, got down big early and made a run in the second half, but it wasn't enough as they fell 75-69 to Hillsdale College on Thursday, December 8 in Hillsdale, Michigan.
The Oilers dug themselves a 24-point deficit in the first ten minutes of the game as the Chargers raced out to a 26-2 lead when the second media timeout was called. By the end of the opening half, the Oilers trailed by a score of 39-15 as they connected on only 23.8 (5-of-21) of their field goal attempts. Meanwhile, the Chargers came out smoking, hitting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) of their shots in the opening period.
The Oilers played better in the second half and eventually cut the lead to three points at 67-64 with 1:50 remaining, but the big first half deficit proved too much to overcome as they fell to 6-2 on the season with a 1-1 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Chargers, who snapped a 23-game losing streak against Findlay, hit 51 percent (24-of-47) of their shots in the game while the Oilers connected on 42 percent (21-of-50) of their field goal attempts.
Brent Eaton led Hillsdale with 19 points.
The Oilers will be back in action again on Saturday when they host Saginaw Valley State University at 3 pm in Croy Gymnasium.