Men’s basketball survives Chicago State 101-93

Kahlil Felder does a layup at the game against Chicago State at the O’rena on Monday, Dec. 28. Felder set a career high eight steals and a season high 13 assists.

In a game that left Golden Grizzlies star Kahlil Felder bloodied and Jalen Hayes with a hobbled knee, Oakland (8-4) managed to hold off Chicago State (4-11) 101 to 93 in front of 2,016 fans at the O’rena.

The junior point guard for the Golden Grizzlies finished with 23 points, making 14 of 16 from the charity stripe. He also set a career high with 13 assists. He left the game briefly with a cut above his eye.

“Very physical game, probably the most physical game I’ve played. We’re not going to cry about it,” Felder said after the game.

Max Hooper finished with 15 points for Oakland, making five of his eight three point attempts. Percy Gibson recorded 11 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.

Brad Brechting had four blocked shots in the game, though head coach Greg Kampe believed it may have been more.

“He blocked four shots on one play, I don’t know how he only had four blocks,” Kampe said.

Jalen Hayes, Oakland’s starting power forward went out late in the first half after landing awkwardly on his knee. He returned to start the second half but struggled and sat for the remainder of the game.

“He didn’t have it, it didn’t look like he had anything. He said he could go but he fumbled the ball out of bounds so we figured why risk it? I felt we could win the game without him,” Kampe said.

Chicago State was led by Fred Sims Jr. with 18 points. Trayvon Palmer had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars.

Oakland will play at #5 Virginia on Wednesday night before beginning conference play at home on Saturday against Cleveland State.