Oakland (0-5) vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 24, 12:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: HTC Center (3,212) -- Conway, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Oakland 0-0, SFBK 0-0. Away Record: Oakland 0-4, SFBK 2-3. Neutral Record: Oakland 0-1, SFBK 0-0. Conference Record: Oakland 0-0, SFBK 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will once again try to notch their first win of the 2013-14 campaign as they square off with the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers in the consolation matchup of the mainland portion of the Maui Invitational at the HTC Center.
Oakland lost its first four games to start the season before heading to South Carolina, although the Horizon League program had some very difficult opponents during that stretch. The Golden Grizzlies suffered lopsided losses to North Carolina and UCLA before just narrowly falling to California, 64-60. Coach Greg Kampe's team was defeated, 82-67, by Gonzaga before taking on Louisiana on Saturday. Oakland held a five-point lead over the Ragin' Cajuns at halftime, but went just 2-of-9 from beyond the break over the final 20 minutes, which allowed Louisiana to pull away for an 84-75 triumph.
The Terriers began their season with an impressive performance on a two-game road swing to Florida, where they defeated Miami-Florida, 66-62, in overtime and held on to down Florida Atlantic, 59-57. St. Francis Brooklyn then suffered a 78-58 loss at Dayton before coming up just short of an upset of Syracuse and losing to the Orange, 56-50. The Terriers fell below the .500 mark on Saturday with a 70-59 defeat to Coastal Carolina. They could not keep up with the Chanticleers due to a poor shooting performance, hitting on just 33.3 percent of their field goal tries with just four makes on 27 attempts from 3-point range.
This will be the first meeting in history between Oakland and St. Francis Brooklyn.
Oakland has lost the battle of the boards in each of its five games. The Golden Grizzlies will try to out-gun their opponents on a regular basis due to the presence of senior guard Travis Bader, who tallied a team-high 19 points on Saturday to reach double-figures for the 32nd time in a row. Bader also connected on a trio of 3-point attempts to move into 19th all-time in NCAA history (379) and extended his streak of games with a made 3-point attempt to 55, the longest in the nation. Corey Petros registered a double-double for the Golden Grizzlies in the loss with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kahlil Felder made his mark with 14 points and seven assists. Although his two-game suspension was up, Duke Mondy did not see the floor. Dante Williams did return from suspension to add eight points, three boards and a pair of assists.
Once again, Jalen Cannon spearheaded the charge for the Terriers as he netted a team-high 11 points, however the Northeast Conference's leading rebounder was limited to a season-low five rebounds. Wayne Martin paced St. Francis on the glass with six boards and no other Terrier managed to reach double- figures. St. Francis outscored the Chanticleers, 20-10, in bench points in the second stanza, but it still fell into a deeper hole after halftime. Cannon has been excellent through five games as he is carrying averages of 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Martin is second in both with 11.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
The Terriers are built to overpower the opposition, but they will be in trouble against the Golden Grizzlies, who love to run-and-gun. Oakland's uptempo and aggressive style has not worked out thus far, but Kampe has been a very successful coach during his very long tenure. It is only a matter of time before the Golden Grizzlies put a check mark in the win column and the Terriers are an obstacle they should be able to overcome.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oakland 71, St. Francis Brooklyn 65
11/24 10:30:55 ET