CEDARVILLE — The University of Findlay men’s basketball team opened the season by knocking off three straight nationally ranked teams.
The Oilers found out Friday at the Cedarville/Don Callan Classic how the vanquished must feel.
UF entered Friday’s game with Lake Superior State undefeated and ranked 20th in the NCAA Division II poll. But the unbeaten Lakers weren’t intimidated, spanning the first and second halves with a 24-7 run and using a 10-0 burst in the final 10 minutes to earn a 78-73 win over the Oilers in the opening game of the tournament at Cedarville University.
UF (3-1) will face Miami-Hamilton at 3 p.m. today in a second-round matchup. Lake Superior (3-0) takes on host Cedarville at 5:15 p.m.
Findlay opened the season by beating No. 6 Indiana, Pa., fifth-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas and 2017 NCAA Division II national runner-up Fairmont State.
The Oilers got off to a promising start Friday, forging a 39-30 lead over Lake Superior with two minutes let in the first half.
Lake Superior went on an 8-0 run, and carried that momentum into the second half, surging ahead 54-46 in the first six minutes of the second period. Findlay rallied to tie the game 58-58 with 10 minutes to play, but LSS used a 10-0 burst to regain control and kept it by converting key free throws own the stretch.
UF connected on 11 of 33 of its 3-point attempts. Lake Superior was just 3 of 15 from long range, but converted 21 of 30 free throws in outscoring the Oilers (6 of 12) by 15 points from the line.
Senior guard Elijah Kahlig knocked down 5 of his 12 3-point attempts and led UF with 19 points. Taren Sullivan, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds before departing with an injury late in the game.
Junior Trey Smith, starting for injured senior point guard Austin Gardner, had 13 points and three assists. Martyce Kimbrough had nine points, five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Aaron Overhiser had nine points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Lake Superior was led by the Mutt and Jeff tandem of Michael Nicholson and Akaemji Williams. Nicholson, a 6-9 senior post, scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds; Williams, a 5-8 senior guard, scored 27 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists.
Malek Adams added 12 points off the bench for the Lakers.
Sullivan 6-13 2-6 16, White 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 5-11 1-3 13, Kimbrough 3-12 3-4 9, Kahlig 7-15 0-0 19, Schmock 0-4 0-0 0, Masterlasco 1-1 0-0 3, Ashley 0-0 0-0 0, Overhiser 4-6 0-2 9. TOTALS: 28-65 6-12–73.
LAKE SUPERIOR STATE (3-0)
Marquardt 2-7 1-2 6, Nicholson 7-10 7-12 21, Williams 10-16 6-6 27, Goldschmidt 3-8 1-3 8, Manger 0-5 0-0 0, Cairnduff 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Stein 2-2 0-1 4, Adams 3-3 6-6 12. TOTALS: 27-53 21-30–78.
3-Point GOALS: Findlay 11-33 (Sullivan 2-6, White 0-1, Smith 2-4, Kimbrough 0-6, Kahlig 5-12, Schmock 0-2, Masterlasco 1-1, Overhiser 1-1); Lake Superior State 3-15 (Marquardt 1-5, Williams 1-2, Goldschmidt 1-4, Manger 0-4).
rebounds: Findlay 38 (Sullivan 10, Overhiser 9, Kimbrough 5); Lake Superior State (Nicholson 15, Williams 6).
ASSISTS: Findlay 13 (Schmock 4, Smith 3, Kimbrough 3); Lake Superior State 9 (Williams 5).
STEALS: Findlay 3 (Smith 2); Lake Superior State 7 (Williams 3).
BLOCKS: Findlay 2; Lake Superior State 3.
TURNOVERS: Findlay 10, Lake Superior State 8.
TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 21, Lake Superior State 16.
FOULED OUT: None.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 39-38.
UF volleyball rolls
HILLSDALE, Mich. — Amanda Winner hammered 19 kills, Izzy Murphy added 11 and the University of Findlay volleyball team rode a pivotal start to a straight-set 25-23, 25-17, 26-20 win over Lake Erie College on Friday in the semifinals of the Greater Midwest Athletic Conference tournament at Hillsdale’s Potter Arena.
UF (27-5) will face host team and top-seeded Hillsdale in today’s 4 p.m. GMAC championship game. Hillsdale, which beat Walsh 25-10, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15 in Friday’s second semifinal, was seeded No. 1 out of the West Division of the GMAC. Findlay was seeded No. 2.
Winner was 33 for 40 spiking and Murphy was 17 for 19. Carey graduate Shelby Kin (15-17 spiking) added eight kills and Molly Hammersmith had five.
New Riegel grad Kara Scherger led UF with 18 digs, Megan Wendel had 13 and Ally Duncan added 11. Madison Moore had six block assists and Hammersmith had three. Hailee Olso led the Oilers with 44 assists.
Brooke Peiffer led Lake Erie (26-9) with eight kills and Lexi Lombardo had seven. Patrick Henry grad Courtney Rosebrook, a 6-foot freshman middle hitter for the Storm, had four kills and three block assists
Findlay and Hillsdale split their home-and-home GMAC matchups during the regular season, UF eeking out a 25-20, 26-24, 19-25, 27-29, 16-14 victory at Croy Gymnasium on Sept. 12, but falling 25-19, 25-18, 25-17 in a rematch at Hillsdale just over a week ago.
Roanoke tops Bluffton
SALEM, Va. — Joey Miller scored 12 points and Josh Freund recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds for Roanoke as it defeated Bluffton University on Friday night in the Roanoke Tip-Off Classic.
The Maroons gained a 39-27 halftime advantage on their way to winning the opening game for both teams.
Arlington graduate Andrew Hunter led the Beavers with 12 points. Kevin Christie had nine points and five rebounds, with Aaron Rich also snaring five boards.