The University of Findlay men's basketball team suffered a 67-64 loss at 25th-ranked Ashland University on Feb. 11. The loss gives the Oilers a 17-6 record on the season with a 14-4 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Oilers fell behind by ten at 40-30 when the first half buzzer sounded, but opened the final period on a 19-6 run to take a 49-46 lead with under ten minutes to play. The Eagles then countered and held a 60-59 lead with just over a minute remaining before burying a three pointer to make the score 63-59 with only 32 ticks left.
Down 65-59 with under 15 seconds to play, sophomore guard Austin Gardner connected on a layup before the Oilers forced a turnover and got a deep triple from sophomore forward Taren Sullivan. The quick scores cut the Eagles lead to one point at 65-64 with eight seconds showing on the clock.
Trailing by one, the Oilers were forced to foul and Ashland took advantage with a pair of free throws. The Oilers then missed a triple at the buzzer as their 12-game winning streak came to an end.
The Oilers shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor and held the Eagles to a 40 percent (22-of-55) shooting clip. The Eagles did however made nine three pointers while the Oilers only connected on four. Ashland also made 14-of-17 attempts from the free throw line while the Oilers only made 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.
The Oilers will return to the court again on Saturday when they travel to Painesville, Ohio to face Lake Erie College at 3 p.m.