Oakland Holds Off North Dakota State to Clinch Summit League Title, 71-69
Release: February 17, 2011
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Mike Felt's 3-pointer at the buzzer was short and Oakland clinched its second straight Summit League men's basketball championship with a 71-69 win over North Dakota State on Thursday, Feb. 17, before a crowd of 2,865 at the Athletics Center O'Rena.
Michael Tveidt had 20 points and 10 rebounds for North Dakota State, which fell to 13-13 overall and 7-9 in the league. Taylor Braun had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the Bison outrebounded Oakland by a 44-36 margin.
Keith Benson had 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Oakland (19-9, 14-1), Reggie Hamilton made four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and five assists, and Will Hudson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies.Oakland led by as many as nine points with 6:10 left in the game before the Bison went on a 12-3 run to tie it. Freddy Coleman's two free throws at the 2:25 mark made it 68-68 for the sixth tie of the game. Coleman finished with nine points.
Larry Wright's putback on the next possession put Oakland ahead 70-68, and each team got another free throw on the next possessions to make it 71-69.
NDSU missed twice with a chance to tie, but Oakland missed a layup on the other end. Benson blocked Tveidt's layup try on the next possession, and a traveling call on OU gave the Bison the ball with 16 seconds left.
After a full timeout, NDSU got the ball to Felt at the right wing for an off-balance 3-pointer that missed the front rim and time expired.
Oakland went more than eight minutes without a made field goal in the first half and North Dakota State led by as many as five late on Andy Nagel's layup that made it 30-25 at the 3:22 mark.
Benson broke the shooting drought with a dunk and it was 37-34 NDSU before Oakland got a pair of baskets from Drew Valentine in the final 35 seconds to take a 38-37 halftime lead.
NDSU shot 41 percent overall compared to 40 percent for Oakland. OU was 20-for-31 from the foul line for 65 percent and NDSU was 13 of 18 for 72 percent.
North Dakota State is scheduled to play IPFW at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. IPFW is 16-10 overall and 9-6 in the league after an 80-64 home loss to South Dakota State on Thursday.