The Oilers men's basketball team, ranked 15th in the nation, had to grind out a 78-69 victory over Northern Michigan University on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Croy Gymnasium. The win gives the Oilers a 6-1 record on the season with a 3-1 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
Findlay jumped out to a 43-33 lead at the break, but a 30.8 percent (8-of-26) clip in the second half allowed the Wildcats to creep back in the game. The Oilers eventually sunk some free throws down the stretch to remain perfect at home this year.
Sophomore guard Dylan Kaufman had a career day for the Oilers, posting personal highs in points and rebounds. The Berlin, Ohio native finished the game with 20 points and eight rebounds while also recording four steals.
Senior forward Greg Kahlig hit only 1-of-9 shot attempts in the win, but still posted ten points and seven rebounds.
The Oilers only shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the floor in the game, but did connect on a season-high 32-of-41 (78%) attempts from the free throw line. They also out-rebounded the Wildcats 41-35 and dished out 14 assists in the victory.
The Wildcats were led by Chavis Mattison, who came off the bench to record 21 points and seven boards.
Ethan Blackwell also had a good game with 18 points, four assists and three steals.
The Oilers will return to Croy Gymnasium on Dec. 21 to host Notre Dame (Ohio) at 1 p.m.