Men’s basketball survives Binghamton

Oakland men's basketball team defeated Binghamton university 83-72 on Monday, Dec. 7 at the O'rena. 

Jackson Gilbert

Oakland’s men’s basketball team needed a run late in the second half to pull out a victory over the Binghamton Bearcats (2-6) on Monday night 83-72.

Oakland (5-3) trailed by one with seven minutes to go but closed the game on an 19-6 run to cement the victory.

In the post game press conference, men’s head coach Greg Kampe was much more optimistic than most of the people in the crowd.

“They aren’t what Michigan State made them look like, so we knew that this was going to be a basketball game,” Kampe said.

“They were a very poor three-point shooting team so we stuck with the game plan.”

Stud Golden Grizzlies point guard Kahlil Felder finished the night with 25 points and seven assists. He had 13 of Oakland’s final 19 points.

“I think we wore them down with our pressure on the ball,” Felder said referring to the late run in the game.

Felder also had four steals on the night.

Four other Oakland players, Jalen Hayes, Percy Gibson, Sherron Dorsey-Walker, and Max Hooper finished in double figures on the night.

Hayes led Oakland with 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Dorsey-Walker added eight.

Kampe, after the game, compared Dorsey-Walker to his dog that goes to the door every time the doorbell rings even though the person isn’t there for the dog.

“Every time Sherron goes to the rim, eventually the ball is going to get to him. Sherron’s got long arms and he’s got good hands,” Kame said.

Oakland had total 10 steals in the game playing the full court press almost the entire 40 minutes.

The game was tied 45 to 45 at the half with Binghamton shooting 50 percent from the three-point line.

Everson Davis led the Bearcats with 18 points on 5-11 shooting. Marlon Beck added 15 points and eight assists.

Binghamton was already without its starting center and shooting guard entering the game, and also lost Justin McFadden to a nose injury during the game.

Oakland will travel to Toledo on Saturday for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Rockets.

Martez Walker will become eligible for Oakland’s next game on Dec. 19 at Washington. Kampe spent much of his press conference hyping up Martez, who is a transfer from the University of Texas.