SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — It ended in heartbreak.
The University of Findlay’s dream of making a run in the NCAA Division II tournament came to an end Saturday night in an 88-83 overtime loss to Lake Superior State here in the quarterfinal round of the Midwest Regional at the O’Reilly Center in Springfield.
UF led 35-34 at halftime and were up four with seven seconds left before the Lakers rallied to force overtime on a desperation 3-point shot by Tony Harris as time expired, tying the game at 73-73.
The Oilers (24-6) never led in OT but were within three at 84-81 with 47 seconds to play after Greg Kahlig knocked down a 3-pointer.
But when UF needed a big shot or big stop, it couldn’t get it and fell in the opening round for the second straight year.
The Oilers shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field and got 24 points from Heagen. Kahlig finished with 22 points and Dylan Kaufman scored 12.
LSSU (27-5) shot 45.1 percent from the field and got 25 points out of Harris. Derek Billing, Cameron Metz and Alex Williams all scored 16 points apiece for the Lakers.
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