Monday’s basketball: Walker leads Oakland over Western

Detroit News staff and wires

Rochester, Mich. — Martez Walker had 21 points and Jalen Hayes added 18, grabbing seven rebounds and five steals as Oakland dominated the second half to secure a 77-60 win over Western Michigan on Monday night.

The win stopped a four-game losing skid to the Broncos.

Walker has started the season by scoring 20 or more in both games. The Texas transfer had 22 in the 78-70 win over Bowling Green on Friday night.

Stevie Clark added 15 points for the Golden Grizzlies.

Oakland (2-0) held a slim 30-26 lead at the half, but started hitting 3-pointers in the second half to dominate that period 47-34. The Golden Grizzles started the second half on a 17-4 run to lead 52-32 with 12:19 left.

Thomas Wilder led Western Michigan (1-1) with 13 points. Tucker Haymond and Brandon Johnson scored 12 each and Seth Dugan had nine points while pulling down 15 rebounds.

(At) East Tennessee State 107, Detroit 78: T.J. Cromer had 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and East Tennessee State shot 68 percent from the field. The Bucs (2-0) pulled away in the middle of the second half with 13 straight points to lead 84-62 with 8:10 left. They extended it to 96-67 — their largest lead of the night which was matched by their final margin.

Devontavius Payne added 18 points, Isaac Banks scored 12 and Hanner Mosquera-Perea 10. ETSU made 33 of their 39 shots from inside the arc and 8 of 21 from 3.

Josh McFolley was 7 of 9 from 3-point range with 25 points and Jarod Williams added 16 points for the Titans (1-1).

Detroit had the lead once at 17-15 and trailed by 10 at halftime. The Titans cut it to 58-52 after a 10-4 run but got no closer.

Central Michigan 86, (at) Tennessee Tech 74: Marcus Keene scored 30 points, his second straight 30-plus point game to open the season, and Central Michigan handed Tennessee Tech a rare home loss. The loss was just the second over the last 40 home games for the Golden Eagles.

Braylon Rayson added 18 points and David DiLeo finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Chippewas (2-0).

Aleksa Jugovic finished with 25 points and Kajon Mack added 18 to lead Tennessee Tech (0-2), which was held to just 37.7 percent shooting from the field and 7 of 29 from 3-point range.

The Golden Eagles rallied from a 6-point halftime deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 13:41 left via consecutive 3-pointers by Mack and Jugovic.

But Central Michigan immediately rallied. Rayson drilled a 3-pointer and Keene hit a free throw to spark a 9-0 run which gave the Chippewas the lead for good.

State women

(At) Oakland 126, Marygrove 31: Taylor Jones scored 24, Nikita Telesford scored 18 and Leah Somerfield, Sha’Keya Graves and Nicole Dodd scored 13 each for Oakland (1-1). Tiffany Bradford scored nine for Marygrove (1-4).