The 17th-ranked Oilers will open their regular season at home on Nov. 8-9 against Truman State and Quincy. The Oilers will play the Bulldogs at 5pm on Nov. 8 before hosting the Hawks at 6pm on Nov. 9. In addition, Quincy will be playing Cedarville on Nov. 8 at 3pm and then Cedarville and Truman State will play on Nov. 9 at 4pm.
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The Oilers hold a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series against Truman State dating back to the 2003-04 season when Findlay came away with a 71-52 win.
Dustin Pfeifer led the team with 15 points while Matt Metzger recorded ten rebounds in the first contest.
The two programs last met at the beginning of last season when the Oilers came away with an 81-57 victory at Truman.
The Oilers shot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the floor and connected on 11-of-26 (42.3%) of their three point tries. They also held a 33-22 advantage on the boards and forced 21 turnovers in the win.
Trey Smith led Findlay with 16 points while Anthony Masterlasco had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Alex White contributed 13 points and four rebounds while Chazz George came off the bench to provide ten points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Findlay are tied at 2-2 in the all-time series against Quincy dating back to the 2003-04 campaign when the Hawks came away with a 63-57 victory.
The two programs met last year in Missouri with Findlay coming out on top by a score of 91-86.
Findlay shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the floor and connected on 13-of-25 (52%) of their three point tries in the victory. They also recorded 24 assists and blocked five shots.
Aaron Overhiser led the way with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists.
Alex White finished with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and also contributed eight boards and three blocks.
Ethan Linder came off the bench to provide seven points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
The Oilers are coming off of a 28-5 season and were picked to finish as the runner-up in the G-MAC this season. The Oilers have won the last two regular season conference titles.
Senior Aaron Overhiser is back to lead the team after earning second team all-conference accolades a year ago. Overhiser averaged 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest for Findlay in 2018-19.
Juniors Anthony Masterlasco and Tommy Schmock also return as starters. Masterlasco averaged 10.5 points per game while Schmock contributed 7.3 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per outing. He also set a school record with 196 assists.
The Oilers are coming off of an 88-80 loss in overtime at Bowling Green on Oct. 30. The Oilers held the lead for over 25 minutes In a game that featured nine ties and eight lead changes, but came up a bit short in the end as they were outscored 12-4 in the extra session. As a team, the Oilers held a 53-45 advantage on the boards and limited the Falcons to a 39.5 percent (32-of-81) shooting clip. Findlay meanwhile made 45.1 percent (32-of-71) of their field goal attempts and drained 11 three pointers. The Falcons did make 17 free throws compared to only five for Findlay.
Joey Edmonds came off the bench to provide a team-high 15 points to go along with five rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Nathan Bruns scored 14 points on a 7-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds in a starting role while Anthony Masterlasco had 11 points and four boards. Ethan Linder contributed nine points while Tommy Schmock had seven points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
The Bulldogs went 14-15 last season and will be led by Cade McKnight. McKnight returns after averaging 13.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Hawks went 9-19 last season and return Austin Downing, who averaged 11.2 points per game. Aziz Fadika also returns after averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
The Yellow Jackets finished last season with a 21-12 record and will return four out of their top five scorers. Conner TenHove leads the team and posted 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last year. Branden Maughmer (14.1), Kollin Van Horn (10.2), and Quinton Green (9.8) round out the leading returnees for Cedarville.
An Elite Program
The Oilers have one of the best winning percentages in NCAA Division II competition since the year 2000, having won 471 games and lost only 115 for an overall winning percentage of .804. During that timeframe, the Oilers reached the Elite 8 in 2005, appeared in the Sweet 16 in 2008, 2017 and again in 2018, and won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2009 with a perfect 36-0 record.
The Oilers have also appeared in the national tournament 15 times since becoming eligible during the 2000-01 campaign.
A Tough Place to Play
The Oilers are 626-121 (.838) in Croy Gymnasium since they starting playing home games there during the 1969-70 season. They have gone undefeated at home eight times in a season since they began play in Croy Gymnasium as well.
In the past 15 years the Oilers have posted a staggering 235-12 record at home for an incredible winning percentage of .951.
From 2008-11, the Oilers won 71-straight home games, which at the time was the longest streak in the nation regardless of NCAA division.