The University of Findlay men's basketball team escaped Painesville, Ohio with a 67-64 overtime victory against Lake Erie College on Thursday, January 12. The win gives the Oilers a 12-3 record on the season with a 6-2 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
Senior guard Kyle Caiola scored the first four points of the overtime period to give Findlay a 62-58 lead, but the Storm quickly rallied by scoring four straight points of their own to tie the game at 62-62 with 2:17 remaining.
Junior forward Jack Smith then made 3-of-4 shots from the free throw line to give the Oilers a 65-62 lead, but Lake Erie's Nate Tait, who scored a game-high 28 points off the bench, connected on a lay-up to make the score 65-64 with only 18 seconds left.
Sophomore forward Greg Kahlig then made 2-of-4 shots from the charity stripe down the stretch to ice the game for Findlay.
Junior forward Brad Piehl led the team with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting while Caiola contributed 12.
The Oilers shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from the floor and held the Storm to a 39 percent (23-of-59) shooting clip.
Findlay also out-rebounded the Storm by a 40-27 margin, but turned the ball over 21 times.
The Oilers will hit the road again on Saturday to face Wayne State University at 3 pm in Detroit, Michigan.