Thursday's college basketball: Oakland surges past Robert Morris 79-61
Rochester, MI — Jamal Cain posted his 12th double-double of the year, and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies cruised to the 79-61 victory at home on Thursday.
Cain finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Oakland (8-4, 3-0 Horizon), who rebounded from a 90-78 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 21. Trey Townsend added 18 points, while Jalen Moore recorded 15 points and 10 assists for the Golden Grizzlies.
Kam Farris led the way for Robert Morris (2-10, 0-3 Horizon) with 14 points, who with the loss pushed their conference losing streak to eight games. Robert Morris' last Horizon win came against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 88-82 on Feb. 12.
After going into the half clinging to a 41-38 lead, Oakland opened things up in the second half and used a 38-23 run to run away with a comfortable victory.
The Golden Grizzlies held the Colonials to 28% shooting from the floor in the second half as Oakland finished 48.4% (30-62) from the floor. OU also forced 10 steals to score 15 points off turnovers while Oakland won the rebound battle 40-35 over Robert Morris.
(At) Rutgers 80, Maine 64: Ron Harper Jr. scored 19 points, Clifford Omoruyi had 14 points and eight rebounds and Rutgers beat Maine 80-64 on Thursday.
Rutgers (6-5) hadn't played since Dec. 12, a 77-63 loss to No. 23 Seton Hall, following a pause due to COVID-19.
Aundre Hyatt gave Rutgers a 33-22 lead during an 11-0 run late in the first half and Maine trailed by double figures the rest of the game. Rutgers led by as many as 20 points in the second half as Maine only made three field goals in the final eight minutes.
Paul Mulcahy, who entered with four 3-pointers on the season, made a career-high four 3's on four attempts and finished with 14 points for Rutgers. Caleb McConnell added 13 points, and Rutgers had a season-high 21 assists on 27 field goals.
Harper was 6 of 8 from the field, 2 of 3 from distance and 5 of 7 at the line. He moved past Tom Savage, Jamal Phillips and Doug Patton for 23rd on the program’s career scoring list.
LeChaun DuHart scored a career-high 22 points and Ata Turgut added a career-high 15 for Maine (3-8). The Black Bears went to the line eight times compared to 23 attempts for Rutgers.
Rutgers canceled a game against Rider and postponed a contest with Central Connecticut State. The Scarlet Knights are scheduled to play CCSU on Saturday before Big Ten Conference play resumes against Michigan on Tuesday.
(At) Michigan State 72, Nebraska 69: Michigan State led 55-48 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and Nebraska never got closer than within two points the rest of the way. Nia Clouden scored 32 for the Spartans (8-6, 2-1 Big Ten), Matilda Ekh scored 12 and Taiyier Parks had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Haiby scored 19 for Nebraska (12-1, 1-1).