Rochester — Oakland’s offense, led by Kay Felder, Detroit Mercy as the Golden Grizzlies took a 108-97 win Friday in the regular-season finale for both teams at the Athletics Center O’rena.
The victory assured Oakland of the second seed and a bye to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament at Joe Louis Arena, which begins next weekend.
Fans were treated to a show in front of a sold out, record crowd of 4,114, with ESPNU showing the game as well.
“Winning tonight was like winning three games. If we lose tonight, we play three games in three days in the tournament,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said.
Felder finished with 26 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds for Oakland, just short of the school’s second ever triple-double.
“Just running our game plan, doing what Kampe asks us to do,” Felder said. "Trying to make it easy on ourselves.”
The Grizzlies (21-10, 13-5) came out hot, hitting shots from deep, to take an early 10-2 lead.
Max Hooper — who still has yet to make a two-point basket this season — hit two early 3-pointers as Oakland put up a 17-6 lead.
Hooper, a senior, finished with 12 points in his home finale.
UDM (15-14, 9-9) finally got into the game midway through the half as it went on an 11-2 run to take its first lead, with Jarod Williams and Paris Bass finally getting their looks to fall.
Oakand went cold until the 5:30 mark, when it scored its first points in over four minutes.
Hooper and Martez Walker got the Grizzlies back into a rhythm late in the first half, scoring nine each as Oakland went into the break with a 44-36 lead.
“Sometimes great offense beats great defense,” Kampe said, "and there was great offense by two of the top scoring teams in the country.”
The Titans were ice cold in the first half from deep, going 1-for-11 on 3-pointers.
Both teams came out in the second half firing. The Titans finally got their deep shots to go in, but Oakland kept answering.
“We did a lot of good things,” Titans head coach Ray McCallum said, "but just couldn’t sustain it.”
Felder started heating up in the second half. Every time he got the ball something good happened on offense for Oakland.
“He’s the machine that stirs the drink,” UDM’s Chris Jenkins said of Felder.
Jalen Hayes finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Oakland.
It looked like Oakland would run away with the game, before Jenkins got the Titans back in it, scoring 16 straight points for UDM.
Jenkins scored 22 for the Titans.
But as has been the case often this season, UDM couldn’t defend late in the game and succumbed to the Grizzlies top scoring offense.
“Teams can’t score 100 points on us,” Jenkins said. "We have to stop that.”
The Titans finish the season as the sixth seed in the Horizon League and will face the seven seed in the first round of the conference tournament.
Blake Meakin is a freelance writer.