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Men’s Basketball: Oilers handle Northwood, 85-72

By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

Ten seconds was all the University of Findlay men’s basketball team trailed Monday night.

The Oilers otherwise stayed in full control and picked up a comfortable 85-72 nonleague victory over Northwood University at Croy Gymnasium.

“This was a game that worried me a bit, not going to lie,” UF coach Charlie Ernst said. “Northwood’s got a good team, some good wins and has played a really tough schedule.”

Findlay improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

Northwood fell to 2-4.

UF senior forward Alex White posted game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double. He also filled the stat sheet with two assists, two steals and three blocks.

“We just have a lot of guys that can crash, and rebounding as a team is really important,” White said.

He also shot 10 of 11 from the foul line, missing his last attempt with 2:46 to go and the game well in hand.

White had never attempted more than six in a game prior to Monday and was 14 of 20 entering.

“It was funny. Today I was shooting around and I could not make a free throw,” White said. “Today, it felt really good to get to the line that much and execute.”

White got busy on the low post, making 7 of 19 attempts from the field.

Sophomore guard Tommy Schmock chipped in 19 points on 9 of 14 shooting with six assists and three steals.

“Tommy is playing at a pretty high level at both ends of the floor,” Ernst said.

The Oilers were locked in offensively from the get go, getting many easy buckets early off cuts to the buckets. They finished at 47.5 percent (29 of 61) overall.

The two teams exchanged buckets in the opening minutes at ties of 2-2, 4-4, and 6-6.

Ja’Kavien Lewis gave Northwood its only lead at 8-6 off a coast-to-coast steal right after knotting it up at six.

However, Schmock drove and kicked out to Anthony Masterlasco who buried the open 3-pointer to put Findlay back on top.

The Oilers went into the locker room up 45-34 at halftime with momentum.

Schmock drove down the lane for the lay-in and turned his steal into an and-one opportunity for Alex White with 2 seconds left.

Schmock had 15 points in the first half while White notched 12 points and nine rebounds.

“We finished the half well; We’ve made a good habit of that again this season,” Ernst said.

UF gradually built its largest lead at 81-55 with 5:13 remaining.

Northwood outscored them 17-4 the rest of the way.

Trey McBride led the Timberwolves with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jack Ammerman made three 3-pointers en route to 15 points off the bench.

Chazz George scored seven of his UF bench-high eight points in less than a minute midway through the first half. His spurt included a transition lay-up, a pair of free throws and stepping into an open 3-pointer.

Trey Smith quickly followed up George’s 3-ball with another to give UF a 28-15 lead.

“Chazz is playing very well,” Ernst said. “First of all, I think he’s buying into what his role is on the defensive end. He had a couple really impressive defensive rebounds in traffic.”

Smith finished with eight points.

Junior forward and starter Aaron Overhiser (12 points) only played seven scoreless minutes in the first half due to two early fouls.

That allowed junior Katwan Singleton and frehsman Deven Stover more minutes. Stover’s 14 minutes were a career-high.

Singleton made both shots off the bench for four points.

“We play a lot of guys; our goal is to make sure we’re fresh at the end of each half,” Ernst said. “It’s a long season. … You can’t wait until they get injured to develop your depth.

“You have to be prepared for whatever might get thrown at you. If you’re developing a bench, you can handle about anything.”

NORTHWOOD (2-4)

Jelinek 1-4 0-0 2, Allread 3-8 1-1 8, McBride 6-10 3-4 16, Lewis 3-8 0-0 6, Marty 4-9 3-3 11, Martin 2-5 0-0 4, Ammerman 6-10 0-0 15, Calhoun II 3-7 0-0 6, Kolp 2-3 0-0 4, Reha 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 30-64 7-8 72.

FINDLAY (5-0)

Masterlasco 1-2 1-2 4, Overhiser 4-7 2-3 12, White 7-19 10-11 24, Smith 2-4 2-4 8, Schmock 9-14 0-0 19, George 2-5 3-4 8, Singleton 2-5 3-4 8, E. Linder 2-7 1-3 6, Stover 0-1 0-2 0, C. Linder 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 29-61 19-19 85.

3-Point GOALS: Northwood 5-17 (Allread 1-2, McBride 1-2, Lewis 0-2, Marty 0-2, Martin 0-3, Ammerman 3-6); Findlay 8-19 (Masterlasco 1-1, Overhiser 2-3, White 0-2, Smith 2-3, Schmock 1-3, George 1-4, E. Linder 1-3).

rebounds: Northwood 34 (McBride 9); Findlay 37 (White 14).

ASSISTS: Northwood 12 (Lewis 5); Findlay 14 (Schmock 6).

STEALS: Northwood 4; Findlay 6 (Schmock 3).

BLOCKS: Northwood 4; Findlay 4 (White 3).

TURNOVERS: Northwood 13; Findlay 11.

TOTAL FOULS: Northwood 24; Findlay 12.

FOULED OUT: Northwood (Jelinek).

HALFTIME: Findlay, 45-34.