Grizzlies down Colonials 100-94

Matthew Saulino

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Oakland University men’s basketball (4-10) took down the Robert Morris Colonials (5-8) 100-94 inside the O’rena on Sunday afternoon.

It was the second time OU has played Robert Morris. The Golden Grizzlies defeated the Colonials 77-53 back in 2001 in the first matchup.

 “Very pleased with the win,” OU head coach Greg Kampe said. “They’re a team that’s beaten some good opponents and know how to compete, and I’m happy with the results.”

OU worked the ball inside to center Corey Petros early and often to try and use their height advantage against the Colonials. After the first five minutes Oakland led 11-7, with eight of their points coming in the paint.

That was the tone of the half as Corey Petros finished the first half with 20 points. Dante Williams came off the bench and added 14 of his own. Petros scored 26 on the game with most of his second half points coming from the free throw line.

“Being a part of a game like this feels amazing,” Petros said. “They can just lob it over so I can get a quick easy hook, I’ll take it. “

OU shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and committed only five turnovers. This helped the Grizzlies climb to a 52-35 lead at the half.

Lucky Jones led the Colonials in scoring at the end of the first half with 11 points and Charles Oliver added ten. 

Senior Grizzly Travis Bader overcame a quiet first half to find his shot in the second. Bader went on a tear, making five of his next seven shots from beyond the arc. He ended the game with 22 points and seven 3-pointers, leaving him 36 shy of the NCAA all-time record for 3-point field goals made.

“Every game is different,” Kampe said. “If you look at my teams, whoever plays that (Bader’s) position, we’re going to find shots for them.”

Lucky Jones led Robert Morris with a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds.  He knocked down five triples of his own for the Colonials.

A scary moment occurred late in the second half when OU senior Duke Mondy chased down a ball and was fouled hard, forcing him to leave the game with an undisclosed injury. Mondy finished with six points, seven boards and eight assists.

OU plays Defiance College this Friday at the O’rena at 7 p.m.