Oakland men’s basketball loses 86-82

The Golden Grizzlies fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 86-82. Oakland’s record now stands at 3-3.

The Golden Grizzlies men’s basketball team fell to the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on Tuesday night 86-82. Oakland’s record now stands at 3-3

The game was close throughout with 20 lead changes and 12 ties. Georgia’s largest lead in the game was four, including the final score.

Kahlil Felder finished the night with 23 points and five assists but made just six of 20 shots. Jalen Hayes played well for Oakland with 23 point and six rebounds. Percy Gibson fouled out late in the second half, giving Georgia a heavy advantage.

The team turned the ball over 11 times, many of them coming in the second half.

“The start of the second half was huge. We let an athletic team run and get runouts. They shot 65 percent in the second half,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said after the game. “The turnovers and the mistakes we made in the second half put us in a position to lose.”

Only six players played any considerable minutes for Oakland.

Max Hooper provided a spark off the bench for the Golden Grizzlies, making 7-14 of his three-point attempts.

Kampe was very critical of the officiating in the game after several controversial calls went against Oakland.

“Three controversial calls that took the game away from us,” Kampe said.

Kampe chose his words carefully after the game in order to avoid a punishment from the NCAA, but was visibly upset about the calls.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was guard J.J. Frazier with 23 points and six assists. Yante Maten added 21 points and nine rebounds in the effort.

Georgia shot 53 percent from the field on the night.

“Over the last four years we’ve been in the position to win against the power five conferences and we haven’t found a way to win and I’m upset about that,” Kampe said.

Oakland will wrap up its six-game road trip on Saturday at Robert Morris. The team lost to Colorado State and Southern Illinois in late November. They then travelled to Texas to play two consecutive games against Alcorn State and Abilene Christian, in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, winning both games late last week.