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.
Kampe said Walker woke up “sore” and “swollen” Saturday and is doubtful for Wednesday’s game at Youngstown State. Any extended absence would be a big blow for Kampe and Co., as Oakland already is down to seven available scholarship players, and Walker has been a horse, averaging 37.1 minutes.
Oakland is 16-10 and 8-5 in the Horizon League, which has the Golden Grizzlies in fourth place with five games remaining before next month’s conference tournament at Little Caesars Arena.
The Golden Grizzles are well clear of fifth-place Milwaukee, which means Oakland still should get an opening bye into the quarterfinals. But it is unlikely to climb into a top-two seed, meaning if it’s going to win the Horizon League tournament and earn the automatic NCAA Tournament bid, it’s going to have to win three games in three days.
(At) Wayne State 79, Purdue Northwest 61: Ronald Booth scored 16, Chuck Key added 14, George Spencer 12 and Marcus Moore 10 as Wayne State (13-8, 11-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) won its fifth straight. Purdue Northwest is 1-23, 1-15.
Akron 77, (at) Eastern Michigan 65: Courtnie Lewis scored 19 and Sasha Dailey added 17, but it wasn’t enough for the Eagles (9-14, 5-7 Mid-American Conference). Shaunay Edmonds scored 27 and Haliegh Reinoehl had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Akron (8-16, 2-11).
(At) Wayne State 73, Purdue Northwest 51: Nastassja Chambers scored 25 and Alex Matus added 14 for the Warriors (16-6, 11-5 GLIAC). Purdue Northwest is 4-17, 3-13.
TOP 25 MEN
No. 6 Cincinnati 76, (at) SMU 51: Kyle Washington had 17 points with eight rebounds and Cincinnati remained undefeated in American Athletic Conference play (23-2, 12-0), beating short-handed SMU (15-10, 5-7).
No. 9 Duke 80, (at) Georgia Tech 69: Grayson Allen scored 23 and Duke (20-5, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) beat Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-8) to end a two-game skid.
BIG TEN MEN
Penn State 74, (at) Illinois 52: All five starters scored in double-digits for Penn State (18-9, 8-6), led by Shep Garner’s 16 points. Illinois is 12-14, 2-11.
News staff, wires contributed