Oakland falls to WMU but beats cancer


By Jackson Gilbert

The Oakland men’s basketball team fell to Western Michigan Wednesday night at the O’rena, 82-71, in the home opener for the 2014-15 season.

Junior forward Tommie McCune totaled 27 points and 5 rebounds in the game, leading all Oakland scorers.

The game was dedicated to McCune’s mother, Lathrisha Mitchell, who lost a battle with cancer during the summer.

“Beat Cancer” buttons were sold for $3 and all of the funds went to the American Cancer Society.  All together, $2,056 were raised for the organization.

“Getting a chance to play for my mom, having a chance to play for my mom. Having a game in her honor. I really thank Coach Kampe for that. This game really meant a lot to me,” McCune said after the game.

Oakland sophomore guard Khalil Felder had 14 points and 8 assists in the effort.

As a team, Oakland shot just 43.6 percent from the field and 37 percent from three.

Connor Tava lead the Broncos with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Tucker Haymond added 19 points and 6 rebounds.

Combined, the two players made 17 of 20 field goals. Western shot 57 percent from the field on Oakland’s home court. 

“Honestly, we’re not ready to win. We don’t have the discipline to do what we need to do at crunch time to win,” head coach Greg Kampe said after the game.  

The Grizzlies are now 0-3 in non-conference games. They play their next five games at the O’rena, including a four-team, three-day tournament during Thanksgiving week.

You can catch them tonight on Channel 20 Detroit (WMYD-TV20) or at home in the O’rena as they take on Western Carolina at 7:00 p.m.