freshman Dennis Gagai takes the ball at Findlay's Josh Bostic
(22) during the second half Saturday night. Bostic scored
a game-high 29 points as No. 5 Findlay defeated NKU, 66-53,
in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic.
Ky. - Josh Bostic made sure Findlay gained its measure of revenge
against Northern Kentucky University on the basketball court Saturday
night, and the junior forward did so with an impressive, all-around
29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and finished with four steals
as Findlay posted a 66-53 win over NKU in the John L. Griffin/Lions
Club Classic. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bostic also dished out three
assists and made a pair of 3-point shots as the Oilers - ranked
No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - improved to 2-0.
has been an Achilles’ heel for us for a long time now - the
strong power forward who can do multiple things. For whatever reason,
we haven’t been able to answer any of those calls, and I’m
not sure why," NKU head coach Dave Bezold said of Bostic.
a tremendous job against us. We shut down some of their other guys
who had hurt Christian Brothers the night before, but we couldn't
Just eight months
ago, NKU snapped Findlay's 59-game home winning streak with a 60-56
victory during the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region semifinals.
The Oilers responded Saturday night in Regents Hall in big-time
fashion, winning the rebounding battle by a 30-16 margin and shooting
54.5 percent from the field.
them. My concern with this team was where the leadership was going
to come from when it gets rough," Bezold said. "The score
is tied 41-all and we have a couple of possessions with great looks,
but we don’t make the shots. Then they come down the floor
and make their shots and all of a sudden we fall apart defensively.
couldn’t make the shots and answer the call, we never got
back on track. We’re going to have to find out who is going
to step up and do those things for us."
NKU (1-1) rallied
from a 32-26 halftime deficit to take a 38-37 lead when Anthony
Teague drained a pair of 3-pointers. Bostic, however, countered
with a basket to give Findlay a 39-38 advantage.
buried a 3-pointer to give NKU a 41-39 lead, but Findlay used a
12-1 run to take a 51-42 lead with 7:01 remaining. Tyler Sparks
began the spurt with two straight baskets and later hit a 3-pointer
during the run.
three-point play by Lee Roberts gave the Oilers a 54-44 lead with
5:43 on the clock, and Findlay cruised to the win. Bostic was named
the most outstanding player of the two-day tournament for Findlay.
off the bench and scored 13 points to lead NKU. The 6-5 senior also
was named NKU's most outstanding player of the two-day tournament.
that I hit were big at the time, but they didn’t mean anything
at the end because we lost the game," said Teague, who was
granted a season-of-competition waiver by the NCAA on Friday to
play another year. "We’ll go back and watch the game
film. We just need to be tough as a team - as a unit."
added 12 points for the Norse, who shot 48.6 percent from the field.
Gagai and Vincent Humphrey each scored eight points for NKU. Humphrey,
a senior forward, was named the John L. Griffin Hustle Award recipient
for his play during the two-day event.
NKU will travel
to Big Rapids, Mich., next Saturday to meet Ferris State.