For most of a season, Oakland fans figured their home culmination would be Saturday afternoon. But it’s usually not so.
The Golden Grizzlies finished a unchanging deteriorate on a four-game win streak, vaulting them to a No. 3 seed in a Horizon League tournament. That means they’ll horde a first-round game, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday opposite Youngstown State.
It wasn’t that prolonged ago that Oakland was still fighting usually to make a tournament, that this year includes usually a tip 8 seeds from a 10-team league.
With Saturday’s 74-63 feat over IUPUI, Oakland cumulative a No. 3 seed, to accommodate No. 6 Youngstown State. The dual played dual tighten games during a unchanging season, any winning on a road — Oakland by two, Youngstown State by one.
Freshman indicate ensure Braden Norris had a double-double Saturday, with 12 points and 11 assists, adding 3 steals. Redshirt youth Xavier Hill-Mais had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Brad Brechting, another redshirt junior, had 15 points as he continues his late-season surge. He’s averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds in a final 9 games. Redshirt youth Jaevin Cumberland scored 12 and beginner Tray Maddox 10.
IUPUI led, 33-31, during halftime, though Oakland (15-16, 11-7) shot 16-for-30 in a second half. For a game, a Golden Grizzlies had 26 assists on 28 margin goals.
IUPUI (16-15, 8-10) was led by 3 players who any scored 15.
IUPUI, a No. 8 seed, visits No. 1 Wright State (19-12, 13-5) while No. 4 Green Bay (16-15, 10-8) hosts No. 5 UIC (16-15, 10-8), both games during 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The other Wednesday diversion facilities Detroit Mercy (11-19, 8-10), a No. 7 seed, visiting No. 2 Northern Kentucky (23-8, 13-5) during 7 p.m.
Detroit Mercy, during home Saturday, mislaid to UIC, 80-71, notwithstanding 25 points from beginner Antoine Davis, and 12 any from comparison Josh McFolley and youth Lamar Hamrick
The Titans were swept by Northern Kentucky during a unchanging season, with conjunction diversion close — one detriment was by 22 points, a other by 32. Still, Detroit Mercy, underneath first-year manager Mike Davis, already has surpassed a feat sum from any of a past dual seasons, when a Titans won 8 games in any underneath Bacari Alexander.
After a first-round games, a Horizon League contest will pierce to Little Caesars Arena for a semifinals Mar 11 (7, 9:30 p.m.) and a final Mar 12 (7 p.m.). This is a final year for a contest in Detroit; subsequent year, it’s relocating to Indianapolis.
Left out of a Horizon League contest are No. 9-seed Cleveland State (10-21, 5-13), that done a championship diversion final season, and No. 10-seed Milwaukee (9-22, 4-14), that done a semifinals.
More state men
Eastern Michigan 75, (at) Northern Illinois 69: James Thompson IV available 15 points and 17 rebounds as Eastern Michigan won.
Boubacar Toure combined 12 points and 16 rebounds for a Eagles (14-15, 8-8 Mid-American Conference. Paul Jackson had 19 points and 6 assists.
Eugene German had 22 points for a Huskies (13-16, 6-10). Levi Bradley combined 14 points. Dante Thorpe had 7 assists.
The Eagles urge to 2-0 opposite a Huskies for a season. Eastern Michigan plays Ball State at home on Tuesday. Northern Illinois matches adult opposite Central Michigan on a highway on Tuesday.
Toledo 80, (at) Central Michigan 68: Luke Knapke and Jaelan Sanford scored 19 points every as Toledo surfaced Central Michigan.
Marreon Jackson combined 18 points for a Rockets (23-6, 11-5 MAC). Willie Jackson had 8 rebounds for Toledo.
Shawn Roundtree had 22 points for a Chippewas (20-9, 9-7), whose four-game winning strain ended. Larry Austin Jr. combined 20 points. Dallas Morgan had 13 points.
The Rockets urge to 2-0 opposite a Chippewas for a season.
Ball State 60, (at) Western Michigan 58: K.J. Walton purebred 15 points as Ball State narrowly kick Western Michigan.
Western rallied from a 10-point necessity to tie it at 55 with 3 mins left after a 12-2 run though a Cardinals answered with a 5-0 emanate starting with a Brachen Hazen dunk.
Trailing 60-57 with 9.9 left, DJ Houston done a giveaway chuck afterwards ricocheted a second off a front of a edge and a Broncos got a rebound. But Seth Dugan couldn’t measure underneath with a round going out of end to Western (8-21, 2-14 MAC) with 2.3 left.
Tayler Persons had 18 points for Ball State (15-14, 6-10).
Dugan had 20 points and 20 rebounds for a Broncos. Michael Flowers scored 11.
Detroit News handle services contributed