KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Travis Bader had 29 points and eight rebounds and Oakland won its seventh straight game, defeating UMKC 86-74 Saturday night.
Drew Valentine added 17 points, Ryan Bass had 16 and Corey Petros 12 for the Golden Grizzlies (15-13, 10-4 Summit), who hit 10 of 21 3-point attempts and outrebounded the Kangaroos 35-25. Duke Mondy had nine assists for Oakland.
The Golden Grizzlies never trailed, leading by as many as 21 when Valentine scored on a tip-in to make it 43-22 with 3:08 left in the first half.
UMKC rallied in the second half, pulling within 76-72 on Staton's layup with 58 seconds left, but Oakland closed it out with 10 straight free throws in the final minute.
Oakland has beaten the Kangaroos 14 straight times.
SMU has signed a second player from Australia, 6-foot-11 forward Harry Froling, to a national letter of intent. The Mustangs previously signed guard Tom Wilson from Australia.
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.