The men's basketball team closed out their four game road trip in losing fashion on Saturday afternoon, blowing a late game lead to the 17th ranked University of Findlay Oilers 68-63—to fall to 8-5 (5-2 GLIAC).
In a game that featured 13 lead changes and nine tied scores, the Oilers made more big plays down the stretch than WSU.
The Warriors held a one-point advantage with 1:15 remaining before Findlay guard Kyle Caiola drove the lane for a lay-up—was fouled and completed a three-point play.
Caiola and Oilers guard Aaron Robinson then converted four unanswered free throws to make it 66-61 with just 12 seconds remaining in the contest. Warrior guard Bryan Coleman drove the lane for a lay up to cut the score to 66-63, but it was Caiola who drilled another pair of free throws to seal the win for the Oilers.
Caiola tallied a game-high 20 points while WSU center Ike Udanoh spearheaded the Warrior attack, scoring 16 points while guard Dale Brundidge snagged eight rebounds and dished out five assists—both game-highs.
The Warriors were excellent from both the field and the free throw line, shooting 50 percent (25-50) and 91.7 percent (11-12), respectively. However, they lost the turnover battle to Findlay, coughing up the ball 13 times while the Oilers suffered only seven miscues.
Wayne State returns home for a 7:37 p.m. tip-off on Thursday for a rematch with Hillsdale at the Matthaei. They look to snap a season-high four-game skid.