Exactly three weeks to the day, the Golden Grizzlies got shocked at home by the Northern Kentucky Norse 87-83. This propelled the Norse to first place in the Horizon League standings and Oakland fell to third with a loss to Wright State two days later. Now with the Black and Gold on a four game win streak and storming into the bluegrass fans state you can guarantee it’s going to be one heck of a fight.
With Kentucky being a little bit of drive for most, Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester hosted a watch party for all those rowdy Golden Grizzly fans. Grizz Gang president Jake Wolok was present at the event and all fired up.
“It’s going to be a tough road environment and they got us at our house so we’re just going to come out with more energy and passion to get some payback, Kampe knows for us to win the Horizon League we need this win,” Wolok said.
Oakland started the game the only way the team knows how, with four straight three’s and Kendrick Nunn was in rare form once again. In a mere 10 minutes, Nunn already had 14 points and Brailen Neely was following him up with a solid game of his own. The score was 21-16 in favor of the Golden Grizzlies with 10 minutes to go in the half.
As the first half wrapped up, Oakland continued the strong start and were leading 36-32 at the end of the half. Nunn had 14 points and Neely was right behind with seven. Isaiah Brock continued to do what he does best and had five rebounds. Buffalo Wild Wings was rocking as the fans anxiously awaited the second half.
“We’re very excited to be here, I’m just really proud of our team and just very thankful to the fans who came out,” Grizz Gang secretary John Hassenzahl said.
Student manager Brendan Billbury couldn’t make the trip down to Northern Kentucky but was at the watch party. For a guy who is around the team every single day, he knows more than most.
“I think Brailen is playing pretty good, he’s always got that touch around the rim,” Billbury said. “I think Oakland’s going to edge them out in the second half but it’s gonna be close.”
The longest active Grizz Gang member Austin Davis was getting into it and could not of been more excited after his team’s win.
“It’s awesome and we just gotta keep it up and get these next few wins,” Davis said. Last year we ended on a nine game winning streak but this year we’re not losing once more.”
Interim Athletic Director Padraic Mcmeel was in attendance at Buffalo Wild Wings and he was extremely happy with the fans support.
“It’s really cool to see the Grizz Gang out here, I think it just shows what the students want in this program and I can’t thank them enough for coming out,” Mcmeel said.