When the Roos set foot on the court at the Athletics Center Oreana in Oakland, Michigan last night, they knew they were going to have their hands full with the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. Specifically the Summit League’s second leading scorer in Travis Bader and second leading rebounder in Corey Petros.
UMKC played Oakland to a 33-33 tie in the first half, but Bader took over in the second with 23 of his game leading 30 points. Despite Bader’s dominance the Roos were still down by just five points with two minutes to go before Oakland pulled away to win 81-68. The two teams combined to turn the ball over a whopping 41 times.
For the second straight game, Estan Tyler scored 20 points. This time he hit that mark exactly thanks in large part to his 4-7 performance from three. Nelson Kirksey added ten points of his own on 4-8 shooting and was the only other Roo to crack double digits. Fred Chatmon led the team on the boards with six but was outdone by both of Oakland’s starting forwards. As a team the Roos shot 25-52 (48.1%) and made 9-22 of their three point attempts but attempted 15 fewer free throws that Oakland.
En route to his 30 point performance, Oakland’s Bader was 8-17 overall including 5-11 from three. He was also a perfect 9-9 on his free throws. Petros had a big game of his own with a 16 point, ten rebound double-double. However, the most well rounded performance in the game came from senior Drew Valentine who racked up eight rebounds, eight steals and 19 points in 39 minutes of action. Junior guard Ryan Bass was only 2-7 on his shot attempts but added seven assists and six rebounds in addition to his nine points.
With their win over the Roos, the Golden Grizzlies are now 3-3 in the Summit League (8-12 overall) and in fourth place. Tomorrow evening they are set to host the South Dakota Coyotes (7-12, 3-4) in the second of four straight home games.
UMKC (5-14, 2-5) also plays tomorrow evening. Their matchup with the IPFW Mastodons (9-11, 2-4) will tip off at 6:00 pm CT as the Roos look to get back in the win column and avoid another losing streak. The Mastodons are led by senior guard Frank Gaines who is currently third in the Summit League in scoring with an 18.5 ppg average. 6’5″ junior forward Luis Jacobo is second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) but is IPFW’s primary weapon on the perimeter. He leads the team in three-pointers made (37) and attempted (98). Mario Hines, a 6’8″ senior, leads the way on the glass (5.9 rpg) and is third in score (8.5 ppg).