Rochester — Travis Bader had one of his worst offensive performances on Wednesday and the results were predictable.
Bader never found his range as Milwaukee hounded the country’s top 3-point shooter and handed Oakland its first home Horizon League loss, 84-75, at the O’rena.
Bader leads the country with 81 3-pointers and is 20 from passing Duke sharpshooter J.J. Redick’s record for career 3-pointers (457).
Bader missed all nine shots, including eight from the 3-point range and finished with seven points, 14.5 below his average.
But it wasn’t just Bader.
Except for freshman Kahlil Felder (8-for-17 shoooting, 25 points) Bader’s teammates missed more than their share of open shots. Oakland shot 32.4 percent (22-for-68) 31.4 percent in the second half (11-for-35).
“That was not a typical Oakland basketball game in this arena,” coach Greg Kampe said. “We’re a long way away from being a good basketball team. But you don’t want to lament on our poor play. That takes away from what Milwaukee did. And they beat our tails.”
Led by its post players Kyle Kelm and Matt Tiby, Milwaukee (12-5, 2-1) pounded the ball inside. Kelm and Tiby each had 15 points and teamed for 17 rebounds (Tiby, 10). Milwaukee shot 50 percent (27-54) and had 38 defensive rebounds, one more than Oakland had total.
Oakland scored on each of its first six possessions and led 13-2 with 16 minutes 43 seconds left. The Grizzlies managed four points over their next 13 possessions and trailed 19-18 with 9:24 left after a basket by Tiby.
J.J. Panoske’s 3-pointer, Milwaukee’s seventh of the half, completed a 12-6 run and Milwaukee led 42-38 at halftime.
“(Bader) didn’t touch the ball for the first five minutes and we’re up by 11,” Kampe said. “We want people to guard Travis that way. We’ve got guys who can score. We’re known for shooting the ball well at Oakland.
“We got stops down the stretch. Six of seven times they didn’t score. We just couldn’t make a shot.”
Bader didn’t attempt a shot until there was 9:50 remaining in the half. The Panthers effectively used a box-and-one with Jordan Aaron as the player assigned to shadow Bader. But Oakland has seen that defense many times. The Grizzlies just couldn’t make shots when given the opportunity.
“It starts with me,” Felder said. “I’m the point guard. I’m supposed to get the guys easy baskets. We were getting to the free throw line (Oakland was 28-for-33, 84.8 percent). We just didn’t get there enough.”
Oakland (6-12, 1-2) travels 30 miles south to Detroit to take on the Titans (8-9, 1-1) on Saturday.
More state men
(At) Cleveland State 73, Detroit 63: Jon Harris scored 18, and Anton Grady added 15 and had eight rebounds.
Cleveland State (10-7, 2-1 Horizon League) broke away midway through the first half with a 16-4 run that included a Harris 3-pointer, a layup and a dunk to make it 22-8 with 7:48 to go, then carried a 37-27 advantage into the break.
Detroit (8-9, 1-1 Horizon) rallied late in the second half with a 19-8 run capped by an Evan Bruinsma layup to pull within four with 3:33 to go, 66-62, before Cleveland State put the game away. Bruinsma led the Titans with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Anton Wilson also scored 17.
Eastern Michigan 56, (at) Bowling Green 51: Mike Talley scored 14 and Karrington Ward added 13 in a Mid-American Conference opener. The Eagles (9-5, 1-0) looked to pull away early in the second half as Glenn Bryant’s three-point play and ensuing dunk ignited a 9-0 run, putting Eastern Michigan up 35-27. Eastern Michigan was 21-for-30 from the free throw line and had 12 steals.
Glenn Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds. Bowling Green is 6-8, 0-1.
(At) Western Michigan 87, Toledo 76: Connar Tava hit all nine shots to score a career-high 25 points for Western (8-5, 1-0 MAC). Toledo is 12-2, 0-1.
Miami (Ohio) 77, Central Michigan 70: Will Sullivan scored 17, including the last four points of the game, as Miami (Ohio) (5-7) held off Central Michigan (7-6) in a MAC opener.
Big Ten men
Minnesota 68, (at) Penn State 65: DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 and Andre Hollins 14 as Minnesota overcame a late six-point deficit.
(At) No. 4 Wisconsin 95, No. 23 Illinois 70: Ben Brust scored 18, Sam Dekker added 17 and Wisconsin (16-0, 3-0) used a 20-0 run in the first half to beat Illinois (13-3, 2-1).
Top 25 men
(At) No. 6 Wichita State 66, Illinois State 47: Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 and Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) cruised past Illinois State (8-7, 1-2).
(At) No. 14 Kentucky 85, Mississippi State 63: James Young scored 26 points and Kentucky (11-3, 1-0 SEC) rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1).
No. 18 Kansas 90, Oklahoma 83: Wayne Selden Jr. had a career-high 24 points and Kansas (10-4) started Big 12 play with a win over Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1).
(At) Wright State 94, Oakland 85: Ivory James had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wright State (13-4, 2-0 Horizon). Bethany Watterworth scored 24 for Oakland (5-9, 0-1).
Associated Press contributed