The University of Findlay men's basketball team lost their third straight game, 81-74 against Northern Michigan University on Dec. 13 in Marquette, Mich. The loss gives the Oilers a 2-4 record on the season with a 1-3 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Oilers trailed by ten points at 64-54 with just under five minutes to play, but clawed back to within two at 76-74 when senior forward Jake Heagen drilled a three pointer with only 20 ticks remaining. The Wildcats hit their free throws down the stretch however to pull out the victory.
Findlay shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the floor and canned 9-of-19 (47.4%) shot attempts from three point range. In comparison, Northern Michigan hit 56.6 percent (30-of-53) of their field goal attempts and drained 9-of-13 (69.2%) tries from long range in the game.
Junior guard Dylan Kaufman paced the Oilers with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He hit 5-of-6 shot attempts from three point land and also added seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
Marcus Hall led four Northern Michigan players in double figures with 17 points.
The Oilers will now return home to take on Wheeling Jesuit University in a non-conference contest on Dec. 16. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. in Croy Gymnasium.