Late Free Throws Lift Oakland Past Penguins, 86-85

Ryan Weber
Ryan Weber

Rochester, Mich. – Sophomore Ryan Weber scored a career-high 20 points and four other players reached double figures, but Oakland's Khalil Felder made two free throws with four seconds left to lift Oakland to an 86-85 over the Youngstown State men's basketball team on Friday night.

After senior Kamren Belin got the Penguins within one with two of three free throws and a defensive stop, senior Kendrick Perry drove the lane and was fouled with 8.8 seconds left. Perry made both charity tosses to take an 85-84.

Khalil took the inbounds pass the length of the floor, drove to the basket and was fouled with just four seconds remaining and made both free throws.

Perry's 30-foot 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer hit the front of the rim as the Penguins fall to 13-10 overall and 4-4 in the Horizon League. Oakland improves to 9-14 overall and 4-4 in the league.

Along with Weber, who made four 3-pointers, Belin scored 18 points, Perry poured in 17, sophomore Bobby Hain posted his fourth double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and junior DJ Cole just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine assists.

The Penguins, who led by eight, 47-49, at halftime, twice pushed it lead to as many as 11 points in the second half. After a layup by Oakland's Travis Bader cut the lead down to five, Weber buried consecutive 3-pointers to give the Penguins a 53-42 lead at the 18:18 mark.

Bader again got Oakland within five with a 3-pointer, 55-50, but Cole answered with a 3-pointer of his own to push the lead to eight, and Hain's old-fashioned 3-point play at the 14:05 mark gave the Penguins a 63-52 advantage.

Over the next five minutes, Oakland used a 13-2 run to tie the game at 65-65 on a layup by Felder with 9:47 to go.

After Hain made two free throws, Oakland's Mitch Baenziger nailed a 3-pointer to give the Golden Grizzlies a 68-67 lead the 8:50 mark.

Oakland built its lead to eight points, 80-72, with just 5:01 to go. Belin drained a 3-pointer and Perry made a free throw, a jumper and a layup to get the Penguins within one, 81-80, with 2:12 left.

After a basket by OU's Cory Petros, Belin made two of three free-throw attempts keep the Penguins down one, 84-83, and set up Perry's go-ahead charity tosses.

The Penguins shot an impressive 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, including 46.7 percent from 3-point range. Belin connected on 3-of-4 from beyond the arc while Weber made two treys.

The Penguins also distributed the ball well recording 13 assists on 17 made field goals. Cole dished out six assists to go along with six points and four rebounds.

After Oakland scored the first basket of the game, the Penguins and Grizzlies were tied just twice at 2-2 and 5-5.

Leading by two, 18-16, the Penguins connected on three straight 3-pointers - one by Weber and two by Belin- and boosted their lead to 27-18 with just under 8:24 left before halftime.

After the Grizzlies trimmed the deficit to six, Weber and Belin buried 3-pointers to give the Penguins their largest lead of the game at 12 points, 45-33, with at the 2:23 mark.

The Penguins took a 47-39 lead into the lockerroom .

Youngstown State visits Wright State, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.