ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Travis Bader scored 32 points on 9-of-12 shooting including six 3-pointers and the final score didn't show how much Oakland dominated this game, defeating Rochester 88-77 on Thursday night.
Oakland (3-6) took a 43-25 lead at halftime and started the second half with an 11-4 run capped by Corey Petros' lay-up at the 17:51 mark to give the Golden Grizzlies a 54-29 lead. Oakland's largest lead came with 9:56 remaining when Bader hit three free throws in a row to give his team a 28-point advantage, 71-43.
Petros scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds while Oakland teammate Matt Poches scored 17 points and had three assists.
The Golden Grizzlies were 25 of 38 from the free-throw line and forced Rochester (11-5) to turn the ball over 20 times.
There's nothing to suggest the Jayhawks won't end up atop the Big 12 for a 13th season in a row. But what about a return to the Final Four?
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.