Rochester — Kendrick Nunn hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Oakland in the lead and tacked on a game-winning jumper as the Golden Grizzlies beat Milwaukee in their Horizon League regular season finale, 72-70, and clinch the No. 4 seed into the Horizon League tournament Saturday afternoon.
Oakland lost its last two games and three of its last four coming in, but has lost just two games in its Division I history on Senior Day.
Carson Warren-Newsome hit a 3 and Brock Stull added a jumper with just under four minutes to play to put Milwaukee in front, 68-63, but Nunn hit from deep with 2:49 remaining to get within two, then hit again from distance with :59 left to put Oakland ahead, 69-68. His jumper with 16 seconds remaining made it 71-68 before Bryce Nze scored at the basket for the Panthers to set the final margin.
After scoring a career-high 39 in a 96-90 loss to Green Bay on Thursday, Nunn poured in 37 against the Panthers, hitting 7 of 14 from distance to give him 128 3-pointers made this season. He finishes the regular season with 740 points.
Nick Daniels and Jalen Hayes scored 13 and 12 points, respectively for Oakland (18-13, 10-8). Hayes climbs past Kay Felder for ninth place all-time for career scoring.
Stull finished with 19 points to lead Milwaukee (15-16, 8-10), with Nze adding 11 and Jeremiah Bell and Vance Johnson 10 each.
More state men
(At) Eastern Michigan 82, Northern Illinois 53: Elijah Minnie scored 26 points and Eastern Michigan’s lone senior, Tim Bond, had a record-setting final home game in the Eagles’ fourth straight win.
Minnie finished a point short of his career high and made four 3-pointers. Bond had 11 points to become the 31st Eagle to join the 1,000-point club and three steals to finish with 222 for his career, passing Earl Boykins (220) for the school record. James Thompson IV added 14 points with eight rebounds and Paul Jackson 13 points for Eastern Michigan (18-11, 9-7 Mid-American Conference), which shot 55 percent.
Eugene German had three 3-pointers and 16 points with seven rebounds for NIU (12-17, 5-11).
Green Bay 107, (at) Detroit Mercy 97: Josh McFolley and Roschon Prince led Detroit (8-23, 4-14 Horizon). The teams meet again in Detroit for the Horizon League’s Motor City Madness tournament, which begins March 2 at Little Caesars Arena.
Wayne State 71, (at) Northern Michigan 70: Chuck Key scored 22 points, Marcus Moore added 16, George Spencer 14 and Ronald Booth 10 for the Warriors (14-10, 12-7), who host Michigan Tech at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday in the first round of the GLIAC tournament. Naba Nichols had 25 points for Northern (15-11, 12-7).
Hope 106, (at) Olivet 94: In the MIAA championship, Jason Beckman scored 32, going 19-of-22 from the free-throw line, to lead Hope (18-9). Tracy Edmond had 36 points to lead Olivet (16-11).
State men scores
(At) Ashland 81, Northwood 57
(At) Lake Superior State 92, Purdue Northwest 84
Davenport 101, (at) Michigan Tech 99
(At) No. 3 Ferris State 75, Grand Valley State 64
Saginaw Valley 88, (at) Tiffin 86
Northern Illinois 84, (at) Eastern Michigan 75: Danielle Minott scored 18, Sasha Dailey 14 and Corrione Cardwell 10 for the Eagles (10-17, 6-10 Mid-American), who have lost three straight.
Central Michigan 78, (at) Western Michigan 62: Presley Hudson finished with 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including seven 3-pointers, for the Chippewas (23-4, 15-1), who clinched the MAC West Division title. Marley Hill had 13 points for the Broncos (14-14, 7-9).
(At) Northern Michigan 67, Wayne State 66: Jessica Schultz's free throw with 3 seconds left won it for the Wildcats (14-13,10-9). Alex Matus had 18 points to lead the Warriors (19-6, 14-5), who host Northwood at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the GLIAC tournament.
(At) Hope 65, Trine 61, OT: In the MIAA championship, Francesca Buchanan scored 21, including a layup in OT as part of a 5-1 in the extra session to lead Hope (26-1). Kenedy Schoonveld had 18 points and Madison Greers 10, including a layup with 3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
State women scores
Saginaw Valley 67, (at) Tiffin 66
Grand Valley State 77, Ferris State 64
(At) Michigan Tech 60, Davenport 44
(At) Lake Superior State 60, Purdue Northwest 57