Oakland falls by a point in Vegas final

Detroit News staff

Old Dominion held off an Oakland rally over the final minutes to defeat the Golden Grizzlies, 68-67, and win the inaugural Vegas 16 in Las Vegas.

After Kay Felder made a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to cut what had been a 14-point lead to 66-64, Aaron Bacote missed a jumper and Jalen Hayes got the rebound with 20 seconds left to give Oakland a chance to tie or take the lead.

But Trey Freeman stole the ball from Percy Gibson with 5 seconds left, then made two free throws to ice the victory.

A 3-pointer by Felder at the buzzer cut the final lead to a point.

After leading 30-23 at halftime, Old Dominion stretched its advantage to 37-23 on a Bacote jumper 1:45 into the second half.

Oakland fought back to tie it at 44 on a Max Hooper 3-pointer with 12:13 to play but never could take the lead.

Freeman scored 24, Brandan Stith had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Bacote scored 12 for Old Dominion (25-13).

For Oakland (23-12), Felder had 24 points and 11 assists, Gibson scored 13 and Hooper nine.