The Blitz: Feb. 12, 2020

Michael Pearce, Sports Editor

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The women’s basketball and swim & dive teams hosted competition this past weekend, with the men’s basketball and track teams taking to the road for their competitions.

All statistics are courtesy of goldengrizzlies.com and Oakland University Athletics.

Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball team traveled to Ohio and Kentucky to face off against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Horizon League, the Wright State Raiders and Northern Kentucky (NKU) Norse. The first game was against the Norse on Thursday, Feb. 6. The game went down to the wire, but in the end the Norse pulled away with the victory, 73-70.

Rashad Williams led all scorers with 34 points on 11-19 shooting, hitting eight of his 15 3-pointers. Xavier Hill-Mais recorded a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

The Golden Grizzlies had a chance to win after a missed free throw from NKU guard Tyler Sharpe, but Trevon Faulkner stole the ball, icing the game with two seconds remaining.

Two days later, the team faced off against Wright State in the Nutter Center. The No. 1 Raiders defeated Oakland, 83-71 on the strength of their starting lineup, which scored 75 of their 83 points. Once again, Hill-Mais and Williams led the team in scoring. Hill-Mais scored a game-high 21 points to go along with four rebounds. Williams scored 18 points an5’4.50d hit all eight of his free throws. Tray Maddox added 15 points as well on 6-8 shooting.

With this loss, the Golden Grizzlies fell to 3-9 in the Horizon League and 8-17 overall. The team returns home for a four game home stand, first taking on the Cleveland State Vikings on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

Track & Field

The track & field teams traveled to Notre Dame to compete in the Meyo Invitational on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8. Zach Stadnika broke his previous school record, this time in the 60m hurdles. Stadnika’s 8.11 time led to a sixth place finish, which qualified him for the semi-finals on Saturday. In the semi-finals, Stadnika recorded a time of 8.16, which put him at sixth place again.

Chanel Gardner took 26th in the 400m race, with a final time of 56.86. Hannah Hall took 10th place in the high jump, with a jump of 5’4.50. Chase Vansickle and Malcolm McIntyre both recorded top 20 finishes in their meets. Vansickle took 12th in the high jump with a 6’5″ jump and McIntyre ran a 56.86 in the 400.

The track & field teams will head to two different events during Valentine’s Day weekend. Some runners will go to the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Big Meet at GVSU. Another group of them will head to Iowa State University for the Iowa State Classic. After those meets, there will be two more indoor meets with non-Horizon League teams before the Horizon League Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1.