Oakland destroys Wright State to crowd’s evident favor

Sam Schlenner

The Golden Grizzlies’ home crowd pummeled the Blacktop at the O’rena with gleeful roars as Oakland (14-8, 6-3) slapped the Wright State Raiders (13-9, 7-2) off a six-game win streak with a 89-63 Friday night men’s basketball victory.

“This is the first time the O’rena has seen our A-game this year,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said in the post-game press conference. “Far and away the best crowd in this league.”

Kay Felder doubled as guard and magician in the dusk of the second half, throwing down back-to-back fade-away threes, followed by an alley-oop four minutes later. He finished the night with 33 points, six assists and five steals, doing so while only playing 31 minutes, 6.5 less than his average this season.

Martez Walker blew his 7.8 points per game average out of the water with 19, shooting 5-for-7 on field goals and making all seven of his free throws. Percy Gibson shot 5-for-8 on field goals and scored 12 points.

Oakland held Wright State under the 63.8 points the Raiders have allowed per game this year, while the Golden Grizzlies surpassed the 86.1 points per game they themselves have averaged.

Mark Alstork was the only player who scored double digits for Wright State. He complimented his ten points with five rebounds and one assist.

The Winter Fest, a pre-game celebration, filled the entrance of the O’rena with ambient bass in the hours before game time. Kampe had made a brief appearance inside the heated tent that housed the event.

“I talked to the students and I told them, ‘hang with us. The future of this team is great,’” he said in the post-game press conference.

Concerning the hours that followed his speech, he was dead on.