The University of Findlay men's basketball team dug themselves too big of a hole on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Hillsdale College as they fell 56-51 to the Chargers. The loss gives the Oilers a 13-6 record on the year with a 10-5 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
Findlay fell behind by 12 at the half and then watched the Chargers build a 20-point lead seven minutes into the second period. The Oilers then chipped away at Hillsdale's lead, cutting the lead to three at 52-49 with just under a minute to play on a couple of free throws by freshman guard Alphonso Baity.
After a steal by senior forward Jack Smith, junior forward Greg Kahlig grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to make the score 52-51 with only seven seconds to play. The Chargers would then hit two free throws on the ensuing possession to push the lead to three. They would then foul sophomore forward Jake Heagen before a three point shot could be attempted, sending him to the line for a one-and-one. Heagen missed the first and the Chargers grabbed the rebound, adding a pair of free throws at the end for the account for the final margin.
The Oilers had a difficult time putting the ball in the hole as they shot only 35.8 percent (19-of-53) from the floor. They also hit only 28.6 percent (6-of-21) of their shots from behind the three point line while the Chargers managed a 48.9 percent (22-of-45) shooting clip in the game.
Kahlig and senior guard Aaron Robinson led the team with ten points apiece.
Heagen added nine points, Smith had eight points, four rebounds and two steals and Baity conributed seven points in the loss.
The Chargers received 16 points from Tim Dezelski's 16 points while Nick Washburn had 12.
The Oilers will return to the hardwood again on Feb. 7 at Ohio Dominican University. The contest is scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m.