Oilers knocked out of the NCAA Division II Championship
By: Owen Rode
The No. 8 ranked University of Findlay men’s basketball team fell 74-59 in round 32 to the No. 7 Knights from Bellarmine University on March 17 in Romeoville, Ill. The loss ends the Oilers season as they finish the 2018-19 campaign with a 28-5 record.
The game was tightly contested as the Oilers held a 44-40 lead with 15 minutes to play. Bellarmine then slowly grinded away and took a 50-46 lead with under 10 minutes left in the game. The Knights then went on a 14-4 run in the next eight minutes to put the game away.
The Oilers only shot 35 percent (21-of-60) from the floor while the Knights hit 59.5 percent (25-of-42) of their field goal attempts. The Oilers did grab 13 offensive rebounds and came away with nine steals in the game.
The G-MAC and regional player of the year, Alex White, carried the Oilers in the game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting. He also added eight rebounds and four steals during the loss.
White ends his career with 1,202 points, the 34 highest total in school history. He also ended his senior campaign with 617 points, the eighth-best total in program history. His 59 blocked shots during his final season also set a new school record and his 130 career blocks is a Findlay record as well.
White reflects on his career.
“I put everything I had into this program and couldn’t be happier with what came from it,” White said. “I will always be an Oiler and I’m proud to be able to say that for the rest of my life.”
Senior guard Trey Smith reached double figures with 13 points while sophomore guard Tommy Schmock had eight points, two rebounds, and two assists. Schmock finishes the season with a school record 196 assists while Smith finishes the year with 77 three pointers, the seventh-highest total in school history.
Smith reflected on his final year as an Oiler after the game.
“Going from a walk on to a starter in my final year is something that I’m really happy about,” Smith said. “Something that I wouldn’t want to do anywhere else but in the orange and black.”
The Oilers also set a new school record for assists in a season as they finished the year with 566.
The club looks to return key contributors next year, Anthony Masterlasco, Tommy Schmock, Chazz George, and Aaron Overhiser among others.