KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The University of Findlay men’s basketball team started off cold but only got hotter as the game went on.

The Oilers broke open a one-point contest in the second half with a 17-1 run and prevailed over Truman State 81-57 in the season opener for both teams in the first-day GLVC/GMAC challenge.

Findlay finished at 53.4 percent (31 of 58) from the field while holding Truman State to 40 percent (18 of 45).

All 11 UF players that played made at least one field goal.

Four Oilers ended up in double figures without any player attempting 10 field goals.

Trey Smith drained four 3-pointers en route to 16 points while Anthony Masterlasco (Liberty-Benton) had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Alex White added 13 points and six rebounds.

Chazz George scored 10 points off the bench as the Oilers held a 21-8 edge in that category.

However, with four new starters, the offense took a bit to heat up.

The Oilers started 4 of 17 from the field, 1 of 9 from 3-point range, and trailed 22-12 midway through the first half.

Findlay gradually chipped away and tied it 29-29 on a coast-to-coast steal and lay-in by George.

He buried a 3-pointer for a 35-31 lead and drove again for a 37-33 lead.

The momentum carried well into the second half.

The Oilers maintained their lead the entire way and used the 17-1 run to distance themselves at 58-41 capped by Masterlasco’s coast-to-coast steal. Masterlasco had eight points in the run.

Turner Scott’s 18 points led the Bulldogs.

Taurin Hughes had 16 points.

Findlay will play Quincy (1-0) 2 p.m. today in Kirksville, Missouri.

The Hawks topped Cedarville 69-53 on Friday.

FINDLAY (1-0)

Masterlasco 6-9 1-2 15, Smith 16 5-8 2-2 16, Schmock 3-7 0-0 8, Overhiser 4-9 0-0 8, White 4-8 5-6 13, George 4-6 0-0 10, Singleton 1-3 0-0 2, E. Linder 1-4 0-0 3, Stover 1-1 0-1 2, Wildermuth 1-2 0-0 2, C. Linder 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 31-58 8-11 81.

TRUMAN STATE (0-1)

Socha 0-0 0-0 0, Hughes 4-12 5-6 16, Scott 7-11 3-3 18, Messer 1-6 0-0 3, McKnight 3-6 6-8 12, Pesic 1-2 0-0 2, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Strait 1-4 1-3 4, Rogers 1-1 0-0 2, Zeil 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18-45 15-20 57.

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 11-26 (Masterlasco 2-4, Smith 4-7, Schmock 2-4, Overhiser 0-1, White 0-3, George 2-3, E. Linder 1-4); Truman State 6-15 (Hughes 3-6, Scott 1-2, Messer 1-5, Strait 1-1, Zeil 0-1).

REBOUNDS: Findlay 33 (Masterlasco 7); Trumna State 22 (McKnight 5).

ASSISTS: Findlay 17 (Masterlasco 5); Truman State 8 (Scott 3).

STEALS: Findlay 9 (Masterlasco 3); Truman State 6 (Scott 2).

BLOCKS: Findlay 5 (Wildermuth 3); Truman State 2 (Pesic 2).

TURNOVERS: Findlay 18; Truman State 21.

TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 21; Truman State 13.

FOULED OUT: None.

HALFTIME: Findlay 39-33.

Women’s hoops rolls

DETROIT — Anna Hintz posted a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds as the University of Findlay women’s basketball team opened its season with a 71-51 win over Wayne State in nonleague play Saturday.

The Oilers (1-0) avoided starting 0-1 for the third straight season.

Hintz had 18 points and six boards by halftime as UF led 40-34.

She made 10 of 20 attempts from the field and finished with a well-rounded night of two assists, three blocks and three steals.

Wayne State (0-1) held a 22-19 edge after the first quarter.

But the Oilers clicked into another gear defensively and went on a 15-0 run behind eight points from Hintz to lead 34-19 at the 3:54 mark.

The Oilers outscored the Warriors 21-12 in the second quarter and 17-7 in the third for a 57-41 lead entering the fourth.

Findlay’s defense forced 16 turnovers, 10 steals, and held the Warriors to 31.1 percent (19 of 61) from the field.

Lauren Ruth added 15 points and six rebounds.

Dana Fricke hit two 3-pointers for six points off the UF bench.

A pair of area high school products made their UF debuts in Sydney Kin (Carey) and Bridget Landin (Ottoville).

Kin made both shots and scored four points. Landin had two points.

Fellow freshman Amber Schweiger (one point) also saw her first court time.

Nastassja Chambers scored 13 points to lead four Wayne State scorers in double figures.

FINDLAY (1-0)

Hintz 10-20 5-6 25, Thobe 1-5 2-4 4, Ellerbrock 2-12 2-2 6, Ruth 5-11 1-2 15, Stegmaier 2-4 0-0 4, Heath 1-2 0-0 3, Kin 2-2 0-0 4, Landin 1-3 0-0 2, Fricke 2-4 0-0 6, Stolly 0-0 1-2 1, Schweiger 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 26-63 12-18 71.

WAYNE STATE (0-1)

Cherney 4-5 2-3 10, Chambers 6-14 1-2 13, Hawkins 0-4 0-0 0, A. Matus 4-14 0-0 12, Williams 3-11 3-4 10, Villemure 2-3 0-0 4, Tiggs 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Sherwood 0-0 0-0 0, Perez 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-6 2-2 2, Murphy 0-3 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19-61 8-11 51.

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 7-24 (Hintz 0-2, Ellerbrock 0-7, Ruth 4-9, Stegmaier 0-1, Heath 1-2, Fricke 2-3); Wayne State 5-29 (Chambers 0-2, Hawkins 0-4, A. Matus 4-12, Williams 1-5, Johnson 0-3, Murphy 0-3).

REBOUNDS: Findlay 46 (Hintz 14); Wayne State 38 (Williams 12).

ASSISTS: Findlay 19 (Thobe 6); Wayne State 10 (Chambers 4).

STEALS: Findlay 10 (Hintz, Thobe & Ellerbrock 3); Wayne State 4.

BLOCKS: Findlay 5 (Hintz 3); Wayne State (5 (Williams 2).

TURNOVERS: Findlay 12; Wayne State 16.

TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 14; Wayne State 16.

FOULED OUT: none.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 40-34

Volleyball to finals

HILLSDALE, Mich. — Izzy Murphy recorded 14 kills and Hailee Olson recorded 39 assists, two aces and a pair of blocks as the University of Findlay defeated Walsh 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 on Friday in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball tournament semifinal.

The Oilers advance to face host and defending champion Hillsdale at 5 p.m. today in a matchup of 24-6 teams with a GMAC title and an automatic bid in the NCAA Division II tournament on the line.

Amanda Winner and Carey graduate Shelby Kin backed Murphy with 10 and nine kills, resepctively.

New Riegel graduate Kara Scherger came up with a team-high 14 digs for UF, and Jenna Delarber matched Olson’s two blocks.

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