Junior Travis Bader poured in a game-best 27 points and the Oakland (Mich.) men’s basketball team posted an 82-79 overtime victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics Center O’rena.
The Golden Grizzlies improve to 16-14 overall and 10-1 at home, while the Eagles fall to 13-16 on the season and 3-11 on the road. It was the first meeting between the two schools in the final Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event.
Bader knocked down 6-of-12 overall, 5-of-8 from three-point range and all 10 free-throw attempts before fouling out. He has now canned 130 threes this season, which leads the nation, and 348 in his career, which equals a school record.
Junior Ryan Bass added 18 points for OU, while senior Drew Valentine contributed 15 and junior Duke Mondy tossed in 10. Valentine also pulled down eight rebounds, while Mondy was credited with team highs of five assists and four steals.
Junior Chad Posthumus paced Morehead State with a career-best 19 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in 23 minutes before fouling out in the extra session.
Junior Bruce Reed added a career-best 14 points for the Eagles, while senior Milton Chavis and sophomore Angelo Warner registered 12 apiece. Reed drilled 6-of-9 from the field, but Chavis and Warner combined on just 8-of-30 overall.
Oakland connected on 43 percent (23-of-53) from the field, 54 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc and 71 percent (29-of-41) from the free-throw line.
MSU made just 38 percent (27-of-71) from the floor and 13 percent (4-of-31) from long distance, but did convert on 84 percent (21-of-25) from the charity stripe.
“I thought our guys played hard tonight, but we just couldn’t knock down shots,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “You can’t miss that many shots from three-point range, especially on the road, and expect to beat a good opponent like Oakland.”
Morehead State continued its recent dominance in the rebounding department with a 43-37 edge, including 18-10 on the offensive end. The Eagles are now +146 over the past 16 affairs and have outrebounded 14 opponents during the stretch.
“We outrebounded Oakland by six, we were +10 in paint points, +9 in second-chance points, +6 in points off turnovers and limited ourselves to just 14 turnovers, but we didn’t win the game,” Woods said. “That’s the part that is disappointing.”
Morehead State’s biggest lead of 11 points came with 17:55 to play in the second half. Oakland’s largest advantage of seven points came with 1:28 remaining in overtime.
The Eagles hit just 2-of-9 from the field in overtime, while the Golden Grizzlies canned 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. OU also had a 6-4 rebounding edge in the final period.
MSU led for the first 28 minutes of the contest. There were five ties and five lead changes.
“We got the ball inside early and scored a lot of points around the rim, but give Oakland credit for making defensive adjustments,” Woods added. “They started to pack it in, they went to a zone and we couldn’t hit shots from the outside.”
MSU wraps up regular-season action with an Ohio Valley Conference road trip to Tennessee State on Thursday and Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Thursday’s contest, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, will be televised live by ESPNU. Live video, audio and statistics will also be linked to MSUEagles.com.
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