The University of Findlay men's basketball team used a huge first half effort to down #14 Hillsdale College by a score of 90-73 on Thursday, January 19 in Croy Gymnasium. The victory gives the Oilers a 13-4 record on the season with a 7-3 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Oilers blistered the nets in the first half as they shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field and drilled 6-of-9 (66.7%) attempts from behind the three point line. The Oilers defense also held Hillsdale to a mere 33.3 percent (8-of-24) shooting clip in the opening period as they raced out to a 47-24 lead at the break.
Senior guard Kyle Caiola led the charge with a season-high 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He also added six assists, three steals and hit 9-of-10 shots from the free throw line.
Junior forward Brad Piehl also reached double figures in the win, netting 13 points.
As a team, the Oilers shot 61.7 percent (29-of-47) from the floor and drilled 9-of-17 (52.9%) shots from long range. They also hit 23-of-26 (88.5%) attempts from the free throw line and came away with ten steals in the victory.
The Chargers, who shot 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the floor, were led by Brad Guinane's 21 points.
The Oilers will be back in action again on Thursday, January 26 when they host Lake Erie College at 8 pm in Croy Gymnasium.