Late Valpo 3-pointer stymies OU comeback

Oakland University men’s basketball (4-7, 9-17 Horizon) dropped another conference game on the road on Sunday to Valparaiso (15-11, 7-4), 63-60 as the Golden Grizzlies struggled to shoot the ball.

Oakland came back from 14 down to take a late lead, but was put away as Valpo’s Clay Yeo hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining.

Travis Bader was 4-for-13 from the field, all points coming on 3-pointers.

“It was what we’ve seen the whole year with defenses, just didn’t make shots early,” Bader said.

Freshman guard Kahlil Felder was 5-of-10 from the field with 12 points and five assists. Dante Williams had a hot hand, going 3-of-6 from three and adding five assists. Corey Petros pulled in seven rebounds and tallied 14 points on the afternoon against a tough Valpo defense.

The Grizzlies also struggled with foul trouble, with Duke Mondy fouling out late in the game and Dante Williams, Kahlil Felder and Travis Bader all finishing with four personals. Oakland continued their streak of trailing at halftime, down 33-23 at the half.

They have now been behind at the half in all 11 Horizon League games.

“We’re 4-7, and we’re lucky to have won four of them,” OU head coach Greg Kampe said.

For the Crusaders, Moussa Gueye led a strong defensive effort with seven blocks. Alec Peters led Valpo in scoring with 13 points and Bobby Capobianco had nine rebounds. Freshman Clay Yeo was 4-of-8 from behind the arc, surprising the Grizzlies with 12 points.

After splitting their season series with Valpo, Oakland looks to end their losing skid at home, Friday night against Detroit Mercy in a Valentine’s Day showdown.