The University of Findlay men's basketball team gave the University of Dayton all they could handle in a sold out exhibition game on Nov. 4 at UD Arena, but were upended by a score of 76-69.
The Oilers jumped out to a 26-10 lead in the first ten minutes of the game and took a 41-34 lead at the break. Findlay then continued their stellar play into the second half before Dayton finally took their first lead with only eight minutes remaining. Overall, the Oilers held a lead on the Flyers, who are ranked 27th in the nation at the NCAA Division I level, for the first 32 minutes of the game.
Down by three at 68-65 with just over three minutes to play, junior forward Taren Sullivan stepped to the line and canned a couple of free throws to make the score 68-67 in favor of the Flyers. Dayton then came right back with five straight points before senior forward Tyler Stern-Tucker scored to cut the lead to four at 73-69 with 1:32 to play. Dayton would then hold the Oilers scoreless down the stretch and added to their lead at the free throw line for the final margin.
The Oilers shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) from the floor and made 9-of-24 (37.5%) attempts from behind the three point line. In comparison, the Flyers shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the floor and made 5-of-13 (38.5%) shot attempts from long range. The Flyers also held a huge advantage at the free throw line, making 17-of-31 (54.8%) attempts while the Oilers only got to the line ten times, making eight of those tries.
Sullivan paced the Oilers 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also grabbed eight boards which helped the Oilers hold a 39-37 advantage on the glass during the game.
The Flyers were led by Charles Cooke, who had a team-high 19 points.
The Oilers will return home and prepare for their home opener against Illinois-Springfield on Nov. 13. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Croy Gymnasium.