By BRIAN LESTER
Going on the road is tough in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Heck, it’s tough to play on the road in college basketball in general.
But the difficulty of playing away from home is magnified a bit when the game is being played 12 hours for home, and the University of Findlay men’s basketball team wasn’t able to get the job done against Michigan Tech Thursday night in Houghton.
The Oilers lost 66-49 to the Huskies. Their difficulty in shooting the basketball was part of the problem.
UF shot just 34 percent from the field and went 6-of-24 from beyond the arc. Both are surprising statistics for team that has more than its fair share of good shooters.
On this night, though, the shots wouldn’t go down, many of those shots coming in the form of open looks.
The shooting woes wouldn’t have been so bad had the Oilers been able to string together defensive stops late in the second half after they had battled back one more time.
It just seemed like every time MTU needed a big basket, it got it and pulled away for the win.
Take nothing away from the Huskies. They are one of the best teams in the conference and they are difficult to beat on their home floor.
Obviously, the Oilers wanted this win badly. They wanted to build on the momentum they had gained during a four-game win streak.
But losing to MTU isn’t a reason to go into Doomsday mode and act like someone who believes the world is going to end on Dec. 21.
The Oilers have veteran players and they will put this loss behind them and get back on track, just as they did a year ago after they lost to MTU on the road in February.
Beating Northern Michigan on Saturday is a good place start. It would allow the Oilers to salvage a split on this trip to the Upper Peninsula and give them a reason to feel good going forward.
So yeah, the loss to the Huskies is tough to digest, but in no way is it a sign that the Oilers are in trouble.
UF is going to be fine in the long run.
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