Oakland University (2-8) was defeated by the Indiana Hoosiers (8-2) 81-54 Tuesday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana guard Evan Gordan shot 10-of-12 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to lead the game with 26 points. The point total was a career-high for Gordon, who also added five rebounds and three steals.
“Let’s give Indiana a lot of credit,” OU head coach Greg Kampe said. “They shot the living blood out of the ball, and we were not a good shooting team tonight.”
Golden Grizzly sharpshooter Travis Bader was off the mark all night. He missed all 10 of his shots from behind the arc, making it his second contest in a row where he has struggled to find his stroke from deep. Bader finished with 11 points.
This game was never close as Oakland fell behind early in the first half and could never close the gap.
The Hoosiers outrebounded the Grizzlies 46-23 in the contest. Indiana forwards Jeremy Hollowell and Noah Vonleh each grabbed 10 boards.
“When they (Indiana) came into the game, they were not a good shooting team,” Kampe said. “We wanted to pack it in and make them shoot, and we wanted to sure up the rebounds because they’re one of the best in the league at that, but they started knocking down shots.”
OU point guard Kahlil Fielder didn’t have much playing time in the game after fouling out in only 13 minutes of play. Fielder finished with only one point and one assist.
Grizzly sophomore Mitch Baenzinger picked up the slack in his absence, shooting 5-of-5 from the field and making all four of Oakland’s 3-pointers in the game. Baenzinger led all Oakland scorers with 14 points and tallied four rebounds.
Oakland plays semi-host to the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans this Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons. The in-state matchup is listed as a home game for the Grizzlies.
“There will be 17,000 people there and 5,000 will be black and gold. And the other 12,000, even though we’re the home team, will be green and white,” Kampe said. “Michigan State in a neutral site is a big deal, and I’d like to see how we play against the No. 5 team in the country.”
It is the first of a five-game home stand for OU before they begin Horizon League play at Wright State on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.