Kay Felder notched another double-double on Saturday afternoon, as Oakland breezed past visiting Cleveland State 86-68. Felder kept his streak alive of scoring at least 20 points in every game this season, as he had nailed a three-pointer in his team’s final offensive possession. He finished with 20 points and 10 assists. The Vikings’ lone lead of the game, 2-0, came with the opening basket by senior forward Vinny Zollo. Once the Golden Grizzlies got the lead, they kept it for good, leading by as many as 20 points. Cleveland State was led by true freshman guard Rob Edwards who, although he did not shoot the ball that well, had 15 points. Kenny Carpenter added 13 points, while Zollo added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zollo showed great hustle on a couple of plays as he leapt over the front row table and literally knocked spectators out of their seats two separate times. The second time, the game was delayed a couple of minutes as a girl who got knocked down was shaken up and had to be attended to.
The shooting woes for the Vikings continued as they shot only 36.6% for the game. Cleveland State did take care of the ball well, turning it over only 9 times, compared to 13 for Oakland. But a big difference was Oakland’s ability to score in transition, outscoring Cleveland State 18-6 on fastbreak points. The most emphatic of these points was an alley-oop from Nick Daniels to Felder in the second half, which caused the crowd to go wild. It was encouraging to see Oakland’s big guys have their way in this game, as they struggled against Virginia and Michigan State. Forward Jalen Hayes had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and converted on a couple of nice and difficult jump-hook shots. Center Percy Gibson added 14 points. Expect this frontcourt tandem to have a very good Horizon League season, as their styles of play complement one another nicely. Oakland (9-5, 1-0) will look to remain perfect on their homecourt this season when they host Youngstown State on Monday night. Cleveland State (5-9, 0-1) will travel south on I-75 to take on Detroit Mercy on the same night. Vikings’ head coach Gary Waters is a native of Detroit, and his team has four players from Michigan on the roster. So there is no doubt Cleveland State wants to salvage a win in Michigan, as lots of family members will undoubtedly be in the stands.