Oakland’s shooting disappears against Milwaukee

Matthew Saulino

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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (6-12, 1-2) fell to the Milwaukee Panthers (12-5, 2-1) 84-75 at the O’rena Wednesday night.   

OU started the game on an 11-0 run with all their points coming from unlikely scorers in freshman point guard Kahlil Felder and sophomore forward Tommie McCune.

Felder reached a career-high in points on a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining in the first half. He went on to finish the game with a game-high 25 points.

“I worked hard in the gym all week and I wanted to get ready,” Felder said. “Coach has been getting on me about being able to do more, and I wanted to do more for the team.”

Milwaukee guard Steve McWhorter was effective for the Panthers in the early going scoring 12 of the team’s first 23 points, and helped his team regain the lead which they kept by halftime at 42-38. McWhorter led the Panthers with 17 points.

Two of Oakland’s leading scorers, Duke Mondy and Travis Bader, were unable to make an impact on the first half for the Grizzlies and didn’t make a point until Bader went to the line with 6:36 remaining in the half.

“I’ve been told that we’re a tough team to get a road win against, and they came in here and whooped us,” OU head coach Greg Kampe said.

OU struggled from behind the arc going 3-25 on the game with all of their 3-pointers coming from Felder.

“Dante (Williams) had some wide-open shots, Bader had some looks and Baenziger had some,” Kampe said. “We missed our shots and they hit theirs, and we can’t win basketball games like that.”

OU shot 31 percent in the second half and went 0-13 from 3-point range. The record-chasing Bader was 0-8 on the game, breaking a seven-game streak of making at least one 3-pointer a game.

“We’re a shooting team, Oakland has always been a shooting team, and right now we can’t shoot the ball,” Kampe said.

Milwaukee was more successful with their shots as they went 50 percent from the field on the game. The Panthers also had a size advantage on the Grizzlies, grabbing more defensive rebounds than the Grizzlies had total.

Duke Mondy found a bit of rhythm for OU in the second half, where he scored all of his 15 points, and also grabbed 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies for his first double-double of the season.

The Grizzlies managed to pull within ten points with two minutes to go on a couple of Bader free throws, but the team couldn’t get it going despite winning the turnover margin 17-9.

Oakland travels down the road to play the University of Detroit Mercy on Sat. Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The Titans are one of two teams undefeated in conference play for the Horizon League this year.