Men’s basketball flies over the Rockets in Toledo

By Jackson Gilbert

Kahlil Felder dominated Oakland’s 76-64 victory over the Toledo Rockets on Saturday night in Toledo. The 5-9 junior guard scored a career-high 34 points, helping push the Golden Grizzlies non-conference record to 6-3.

“He’s pretty good,” head coach Greg Kampe said about Felder after the game. “I know that’s a newsflash, but he’s pretty good.”

Felder made all 13 of his free throw attempts. Most of the time, Oakland didn’t even bother to put players on the line to try and rebound during Felder’s F-T tries. 

Sophomore forward Jalen Hayes recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He fouled out with 4:40 left to play in the second half after seeing only 15 minutes of action.

Senior center Percy Gibson played a strong game with 13 points and eight rebounds. His real contribution came in guarding Toledo’s Nathan Boothe, who shot just 7 of 16 from the field, recording 18 points. 

“I’ll tell you what, Nathan Boothe is a pro, I told him I want to be his agent,” Kampe said. 

“We won the game so you’re going to say Percy won the battle.”

Toledo (6-4) was led by Boothe and Jonathan Williams, who had 14 points and four assists against the Grizzlies. Nate Navigato added 11 points and six rebounds.

Overall, Oakland won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Toledo 49 to 38. 

Oakland now gets a week off before travelling to Washington to play the Huskies (7-2), who also have a week off to prepare for the game. 

Martez Walker, a sophomore guard who transferred to Oakland from Texas, will be eligible for the game against Washington and is expected to play.