DETROIT (AP) — Horizon League player of the year Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points and short-handed Oakland beat IUPUI 62-55 on Sunday night in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.
Nunn, the nation's second-leading scorer at 26.4 points per game, was just 6 of 20 from the field, including 2 of 10 from distance but his four free throws in the closing seconds sealed it.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe was just talking the other day about how he has precisely one scholarship player who hadn't missed a practice or a game this season, due to injuries or other circumstances.
That player was Martez Walker. And you might be able to cross him off the last now, too.
Walker, a star redshirt senior who is third on the Golden Grizzlies in scoring at 15.4 points a game, went down hard on his left ankle in Friday's 87-78 win over rival Detroit Mercy.
Nunn scores 28, leads Oakland over Detroit Mercy 87-78
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Kendrick Nunn scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half to help Oakland beat Detroit Mercy 87-78 on Friday night.
Oakland (16-10, 8-5 Horizon League) has won two in a row and seven of its last nine games. Detroit Mercy (7-19, 3-10) has lost six of its last seven.
Nunn, the second-leading scorer in the nation, made five 3-pointers, was 10 of 18 from the field and has scored 20 or more points in 19 games.
Another week, another big blow to Oakland's already-depleted depth.
The Golden Grizzlies lost sophomore point guard Brailen Neely earlier this week to a torn meniscus in his left knee, the fourth Oakland player to be lost for the season to injury.
In its most recent game, Oakland dressed nine players, including seven on scholarship. That'll likely be the case again when it hosts rival Detroit Mercy at 9 p.m. Friday at the O'rena.
Dayton, Ohio — Freshman Loudon Love had a double-double in the first half and finished with 18 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds to lead Wright State by Oakland, 64-51, on Sunday afternoon.
The loss puts Oakland (14-9, 6-4) three games back of first-place Wright State (17-6, 9-1), making the Golden Grizzlies a significant long shot to repeat as Horizon League regular-season champions.
1st place Wright State beats Oakland 64-51
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Loudon Love had a double-double in the first half and finished with 18 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds to lead Wright State by Oakland 64-51 on Sunday.
Love scored 15 first-half points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season as Wright State led 37-24 at halftime. The Raiders had a 25-14 edge on the glass and used 10 assists for 14 field goals.
Oakland pulls away late, beats UIC 78-68
CHICAGO (AP) — Kendrick Nunn had 18 of his 32 points in the first half and grabbed nine rebounds on Monday night to help Oakland beat Illinois-Chicago 78-68.
The Golden Grizzlies (12-8, 4-3 Horizon) pulled away for good with an 8-0 run that made it 73-65 on Martez Walker's 3-point play with 1:58 left. Tarkus Ferguson cut the deficit to five with a 3-point play before Oakland made 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute.
Hayes scores 30, Oakland rallies to beat Cleveland St 81-68
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Jalen Hayes scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Kendrick Nunn added 20 points with five 3-pointers, and Oakland rallied to beat Cleveland State 81-68 on Thursday night to win five of its last six.
Martez Walker scored 11 points for the Golden Grizzlies (11-8, 3-3 Horizon League) who overcame 37 percent first-half shooting to finish shooting 53.6 percent from the floor while holding the Vikings to 22 of 61 field goals (36.1 percent ).
Nunn sends Oakland past Youngstown St. 95-82
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Kendrick Nunn scored 26 points with six 3-pointers and Jalen Hayes scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and Oakland beat Youngstown State 95-82 on Wednesday.
Oakland downs Milwaukee 76-68 behind Nunn’s 36 points
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kendrick Nunn scored 36 points on 12-of-21 shooting with five 3-pointers and four assists and Oakland beat Milwaukee 76-68 in their Horizon League opener on Thursday night for the Golden Grizzlies third straight win.
Hayes leads Oakland in 86-81 win over Eastern Michigan
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Jalen Hayes scored a career-high 37 points with 14-for-21 shooting and hauled in eight rebounds to lead Oakland to an 86-81 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday night.
Kendrick Nunn added 20 points, including four 3-pointers, Martez Walker had 12 points and Nick Daniels got 10 for Oakland, which shot 51 percent to avenge a Dec. 6 loss to Eastern Michigan. Hayes was 9 for 11 from the free-throw line.
Wednesday’s college basketball: Oakland cools Towson
Rochester — Kendrick Nunn scored 31 points, Jalen Hayes had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Oakland rolled to a 97-86 victory that snapped Towson's 10-game winning streak Wednesday night.
Nunn was 7-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, and Hayes made all 11 of his free throws. Martez Walker added 20 points for Oakland (7-5), which shot 28 of 52 (54 percent) from the field and made 30 of 36 (83 percent) free throws.
Saturday’s men’s basketball roundup: Walker scores 32, helps Oakland hold off Western
Kalamazoo — Martez Walker scored 32 points and sank a pair of clinching free throws with 5.2 seconds left as Oakland fended off a Western Michigan rally to defeat the Broncos 78-73 on Saturday in an intense meeting of the preseason favorites of their respective conferences.
Rochester — Brailen Neely came off the bench to score 22 and dish off 13 assists, both career highs, and Oakland held off Texas Southern, 97-87, at the O'Rena on Thursday night.
Martez Walker also scored 22, Nick Daniels had 21 to tie his career high and Jalen Hayes had 20 with 10 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies (4-3). It was the first time in the Division I era that Oakland had four players scored 20 or more in a game.
Neely’s career night leads Oakland past Texas Southern 97-87
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Brailen Neely came off the bench to score 22 points and dish off 13 assists, both career highs, and Oakland held off Texas Southern 97-87 on Thursday night.
Martez Walker also scored 22, Nick Daniels had 21 to tie his career high and Jalen Hayes had 20 with 10 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies (4-3).
Nunn, Walker combine for 51, Oakland beats New Orleans 87-68
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Martez Walker had 27 points and Kendrick Nunn added 24 as Oakland had the hot hand early and kept the lead throughout to take an 87-68 win over New Orleans on Monday night.
The Golden Grizzlies (2-0) shot 90 percent from the floor to start the game and jumped out to a 31-10 lead at the 10:10 mark of the first half. They were up 46-26 by halftime. The Privateers could never close the gap.
Nunn scores 36, Oakland beats Fort Wayne 85-71
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Kendrick Nunn had a career-high 36 points and six assists, Martez Walker added 17 points, and Oakland beat Fort Wayne 85-71 on Friday night.
Nunn made five of Oakland's nine 3-pointers and hit 9 of 10 free throws. He also had six rebounds.
Nick Daniels hit three 3-pointers and scored 12 points for Oakland, which shot 50 percent. The Golden Grizzlies made 22 of 28 free throws, including eight from Walker.