Men’s basketball dominates Oral Roberts in its return to the Blacktop


Mary Mitchell

Sherron Dorsey-Walker led Oakland with 27 points on its win against Oral Roberts.

Oakland men’s basketball took a 92-64 win against Oral Roberts University Thursday, Dec. 1 on the Blacktop of the O’rena. This victory brings Oakland’s record to 7-1.

The Golden Grizzlies needed this win to rebound from their loss to Nevada in the Great Alaska Shootout on Thanksgiving.

“We think we can play with anybody,” head coach Greg Kampe said in the post-game press conference. “We’re still a young team that’s learning . . . and we came back from Alaska feeling pretty good about ourselves, and I think tonight showed that.”

The Golden Grizzlies scored the first basket of the night with a dunk from freshman Isaiah Brock off an assist by senior Sherron Dorsey-Walker.  Redshirt junior Nick Daniels’ steal with 12:40 left in the first half gave the Golden Grizzlies a 15-13 lead. From there, Oakland took off and had a 50-31 lead heading into the second half.

Once again, Brock started off the half with a dunk, this time assisted by Clark.  Brock was named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week on Nov. 28 for his performance against Nevada in the Great Alaska Shootout. Brock had another good night Thursday, shooting 3 for 3 in addition to six rebounds, three blocks and one turnover.

“I’m definitely a lot more comfortable now,” Brock said in the post-game press conference. “These past four games have been good for me. I’m just rebounding and trying to get scrap buckets, but other than that I’m just playing my role.”

Dorsey-Walker’s four successful 3-pointers helped bring the score to 77-44 Black and Gold. Oral Roberts could not come back from behind, and the game ended with Oakland as the victors, 92-64.

Dorsey-Walker led Oakland with five 3-pointers and 27 points, making career highs in both areas. He was 9 for 13 from the field, 5 for 7 outside the arc and 4 for 4  in free throws.  Junior Jalen Hayes scored 18 points along with six rebounds and three blocks. He went 6 for 8 from the field and 5 for 5 in free throws.

The surprise of the night was Oakland’s leading scorer, Martez Walker, who did not score double digit points for the first time this season. He ended with seven points and went 2 for 7 shooting.

“Normally if that happens then you’re in a struggle, and you just try to find a way to win a game, and we don’t care,” Kampe said. “Anybody out there can have a bad night. We’re so deep, and we’ve got so many good players that it’s OK [for Walker] to have a bad night.”

For Oral Roberts, guard Jalen Bradley went 6 for 12 from the field with five rebounds. He scored 13 points.  Center Albert Owens got eight total rebounds and two blocks. He went 10 for 21 shooting and 3 for 4 from the free throw line. He led the Golden Eagles with a career high 23 points.

Oakland’s next game will be against Southern Utah at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 3 on the Blacktop of the O’rena.