The Oilers will hit the road for the second time this week to battle Trevecca Nazarene in a non-conference game in Nashville, Tenn. The contest is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
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The Oilers have never faced Trevecca Nazarene in a regular season contest.
The Oilers suffered a 96-80 loss at 25th-ranked Fairmont State University on Nov. 15 to even their record at 1-1 on the season.
The Oilers held a 19-16 lead with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half before Fairmont State turned up the pressure and scored seven straight to take a 23-19 advantage with 10:50 to play in the opening half. The run jump started the Fighting Falcons as they eventually built a 17-point lead before settling for a 49-37 lead at the break. Fairmont State then cruised through the second half for their third straight victory to begin the 2016-17 season.
The Oilers shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the floor and hit 5-of-14 (35.7%) of their three point tries. In comparison, Fairmont State connected on 52.9 percent (36-of-68) of their field goal attempts and splashed 12-of-30 (40%) tries from behind the three point line. The Fighting Falcons also held a 24-11 advantage in second chance points and out-scored the Oilers bench 48-32.
The Trojans are 1-2 on the season and are coming off of a 74-65 loss at Christian Brothers on Nov. 16.
Percy Blade led the Trojans with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss to Christian Brothers.
Devin Whitfield is scoring 15.7 points per game to lead the squad.
An Elite Program
The Oilers have one of the best winning percentages in NCAA Division II competition since the year 2000, having won 392 games and lost only 99 for an overall winning percentage of .798. During that timeframe, the Oilers reached the Elite 8 in 2005, appeared in the Sweet 16 in 2008 and won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2009 with a perfect 36-0 record.
The Oilers have had six NCAA Division II All-Americans in the past ten years. Dustin Pfeifer was the Oilers first player to earn All-American honors for his performance during the 2005-06 campaign. Additionally, Frank Phillips (2006-07), Josh Bostic (2007-08 and 2008-09), Nathan Hyde (2010-11) and Greg Kahlig (2013-14) have earned All-American honors for Findlay.
Bostic, the Oilers only two-time NCAA Division II All-American, was also named the 2009 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. He led the Oilers to a 36-0 record and a national championship during his final season with the team.
The Oilers have had 11 players earn first team all-region honors since 2005. Dustin Pfeifer (2005, 2006), Frank Phillips (2007), Josh Bostic (2008, 2009), Nathan Hyde (2010, 2011), Marcus Parker (2010), Kyle Caiola (2012) and Greg Kahlig (2013, 2014) have all earned all-region honors for the Oilers in that timeframe.