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Leathernecks can't keep Oakland standout under wraps

Posted: Jan. 27, 2013 12:24 am Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 1:15 am

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The Western Illinois men's basketball team discovered the same thing Saturday that IUPUI did on Thursday: Travis Bader is tough to stop.

Bader continued his scoring onslaught with 26 points against WIU, leading Oakland to a 67-60 victory over Western Illinois.

Bader, who scored a career-high 47 points and hit a school-record 11 3-pointers against IUPUI, hit 5 of 12 shots from beyond the arc against Western Illinois.

He averages 21.6 points per game.

"I don't let that stuff get to my head. You have a good night, and you get back at it the next day," Bader said during a postgame press conference.

Overall, he was just 5 of 17 from the field but hit 11 of 13 free throws for the Golden Grizzlies (10-13, 5-4 Summit).

Duke Mondy added 18 points for Oakland, and Corey Petros had 12 rebounds.

Remy Roberts-Burnett led the Leathernecks (16-5, 8-2) with 16 points. Terell Parks added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jack Houpt had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Grizzlies scored six straight points to take a 58-52 lead with 3 minutes, 24 seconds remaining. Houpt hit a 3-pointer to cut the Leathernecks' deficit to 58-55, but Bader answered with a trey of his own, and Oakland hit 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch.

The Leathernecks remain in first-place in the conference standings. They have a half-game lead over North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

"This is a huge win for us. They're a very good team," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said in a postgame press conference. Kampe picked up career win No. 500 on Saturday. "There's a reason they're in first place in the league."

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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