University of Findlay’s Aaron Overhiser (33) banks in a shot against Ohio Dominican’s Hasan Varence during Thursday’s game at Niekamp Arena. Overhiser scored 14 points and surpassed 1,000 career points in the Oilers’ 93-73 win. (Photo by Matthias Leguire.)

By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

Aaron Overhiser didn’t take time to celebrate scoring his 1,000th career point on Thursday night.

The action carried on and the University of Findlay senior forward hustled back on defense and eventually drew a charge.

The moments were just two of many positives by the Oilers, who used a 58-point second half to throttle Ohio Dominican University 93-73 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play at Niekamp Arena.

“You know (head) coach (Charlie) Ernst was happy,” Overhiser said of taking his charge. “He loves the charges.”

Ernst certainly did.

Overhiser became the 48th UF player to reach 1,000 points.

“That was really a neat moment,” Ernst said. “I told him that might’ve been one of the most memorable moments in terms of scoring 1,000 points because he turned right back around and took a charge at the other end while the crowd was still on their feet applauding his moment.”

ODU fell to 11-13 overall, 7-7 in the GMAC.

Overhiser needed 10 points entering Thursday’s game and finished with 14 to lead the Oilers (17-6, 12-2).

His milestone achievement came at the 9:11 mark in the second half — towards the end of Findlay’s mammoth 25-4 run that blew the game wide open.

Overhiser got it via his normal paint touch and finishing a right-handed hook straight on from the basket.

“My dad has been watching it for a while, the past few games,” Overhiser said of his career point total. “He’s like ‘Oh you’re getting close.’ He reminded me before today, ‘Oh you’re 10 points away.'”

“… I was definitely trying to come out of here with a win, too. I didn’t want my 1,000 points to go out and be for nothing.”

Doing it at home and in a win made the moment even sweeter.

“My dad told me, we were down in Nashville (on Saturday), ‘Play as hard as you can but just know it would feel really good if you got it at home,'” a laughing Overhiser said. “He’s been in my ear all season, keeping me motivated all season — especially with physical therapy school.”

The Oilers were locked in a battle early on, trailing 39-35 at halftime, but worked up a 50-49 lead with 15:56 remaining.

Seven minutes and one avalanche later, Findlay led 75-53 capped by a 3-ball from Tre’Maine Gray at the end of 15 straight points. Seven UF players scored in the run.

“I’d love to see our second half stats at home (in) the last four years,” Overhiser said. “It seems like every time we come out for the second half we play up here (high level) compared to the first half.

“We picked up our energy and hit some shots — that always helps.”

Nearly everything UF put up went in during the run — and throughout the entire half.

The Oilers, who were 4 of 17 from 3 in the first half, knocked in eight 3s in 12 attempts and finished at 70 percent (22 of 31) in the second half.

Of Findlay’s 12 made 3-pointers, each player who put in at least 10 minutes sank one from downtown.

“I heard a coach in our conference in describing us, and I don’t think he was trying to be disrespectful,” Ernst said. “He said the thing about Findlay is they don’t really have a premier 3-point shooter. A lot of the teams in our league do.

“We don’t maybe have that but what we do have is a collective group of guys that are all capable of one, two or three a night — and it all adds up to a group effort.”

Ohio Dominican’s 3-point specialist in Sam Hickey hit 3 of 7 from distance en route to a game-high 24 points.

Chazz George added 14 points and two steals off UF’s bench. Anthony Masterlasco (Liberty-Benton) chipped in 12 points — eight in the run with back-to-back 3s.

Nathan Bruns and Gray scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Oilers.

Findlay returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday in hosting rival Tiffin University (8-16, 2-12) for a GMAC contest.

OHIO DOM. (11-13, 7-7 GMAC)

Simon 4-10 2-2 10, Varence 6-12 0-0 13, Hickey 10-17 1-1 24, Jones 3-4 3-3 9, Scott 1-7 0-0 2, Haynes 1-4 0-0 3, Marks 2-5 0-0 5, King 1-2 0-0 3, Strohmeier 0-1 2-2 2, Moore 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 29-63 8-8 — 73.

FINDLAY (17-6, 12-2 GMAC)

Masterlasco 4-6 2-2 12, Bruns 4-8 2-3 11, Overhiser 6-11 1-2 14, Schmock 3-8 1-4 8, Linder 4-8 0-0 9, George 6-9 0-0 14, Gray 4-5 0-0 10, Emrick 4-4 0-0 9, Edmonds 2-2 0-0 5, Wildermuth 0-1 1-2 1, Stover 0-0 0-0 0, Palmer 0-1 0-0 0, Wall 0-0 0-0 0, McIver 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 37-63 7-13 — 93.

3-Point GOALS: Ohio Dominican 7-18 (Simon 0-2, Varence 1-2, Hickey 3-7, Scott 0-2, Haynes 1-3, Marks 1-1, King 1-1); Findlay 12-29 (Masterlasco 2-3, Bruns 1-3, Overhiser 1-6, Schmock 1-3, Linder 1-3, George 2-5, Gray 2-3, Emrick 1-1, Edmonds 1-1, Wildermuth 0-1).

rebounds: Ohio Dominican 33 (Varence 8); Findlay 32 (Schmock & Linder 6).

ASSISTS: Ohio Dominican 21 (Scott 9); Findlay 26 (Schmock 7).

STEALS: Ohio Dominican 5 (Jones 4); Findlay 8 (George & Edmonds 2).

BLOCKS: Ohio Dominican 1 (Scott); Findlay 6 (Wildermuth 2).

TURNOVERS: Ohio Dominican 14; Findlay 9.

TOTAL FOULS: Ohio Dominican 15; Findlay 13.

FOULED OUT: None.

HALFTIME: Ohio Dominican, 39-35.

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