The University of Findlay’s Greg Kahlig was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the year Monday when the league announced its postseason awards.
The 6-foot-6 senior forward has led the Oilers to a 21-5 overall record and 17-5 mark in GLIAC play this season. The Oilers are tied with Walsh atop the South Division standings and will host Hillsdale at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC tournament.
Kahlig is currently leading the GLIAC in scoring at 23.9 points per game and also averages 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 50.1 percent from the field.
The Fort Recovery native, who also earned first team all-conference honors last year and was named to the 2013 GLIAC all-tournament team, has been named the GLIAC South Division player of the week five times this season, which is a record for a UF player. He has posted two 40-point outings this year and his 537 points scored in conference play is the second-highest total in GLIAC history.
Kahlig poured in a career-high 40 points in a 79-69 victory at Lake Erie on Feb. 15, becoming the first UF player to score 40 since Kyle Hunt put up 42 against Benedictine on Dec. 14, 2000.
He turned around in UF’s next contest, an 82-81 win at Walsh, and went for 42 points to break his own career high, and narrowly missed another 40-point effort when he dropped in 39 points in a 79-63 victory over Malone on Senior Night.
Kahlig has been the team’s leading scorer in 19 of 26 games this season and his 1,762 points ranks seventh all-time at UF.
The Oilers went 8-1 in February and are fourth in the Division II Midwest Region rankings. The top eight teams from each region advance to the national tournament.
In addition, junior forward Jake Heagen secured second team all-conference accolades and sophomore guard Alphonso Baity earned a spot on the all-def2ensive team.
Heagen has averaged 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Oilers this season. Baity has chipped in with averages of 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Saginaw Valley State’s C.J. Turnage was named the freshman of the year, while Lake Superior State’s Steve Hettinga captured coach of the year honors.
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