Bader Lifts Oakland over Texas Southern, 71-69
The junior sharpshooter finished with a game-high 23.
Nov. 20, 2012
HOUSTON - Travis Bader scored a game-high 23 points and drilled a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left to give Oakland the lead for good as the Golden Grizzlies (2-3) defeated Texas Southern (1-4), 71-69, on Tuesday night at the Health and Physical Education Center. Bader went 7 of 12 from beyond the arc.
The Golden Grizzlies trailed through the midway point of the first half until a 16-3 run gave them the lead and OU outscored the Tigers 18-6 over the final 7:27 of the first half and led 35-30.
That five-point lead would be the most for the Grizzlies in the game. There were eight lead changes in the second half and four ties as TSU led by four, 69-65, with 2:21 left in the game. Lloyd Neely II would score a layup on a big offensive rebound and Bader would drill a three to give Oakland back the lead, 70-69, with just 42 seconds left in the game.
Ryan Bass got a big steal on the other end and was quickly fouled with 16 seconds remaining. He split the free throws to give the Golden Grizzlies a two-point edge. Oakland would once again foil the Tigers' attempt to tie the game with a turnover and hold on for the 71-69 victory.
The Golden Grizzlies will travel to No. 15 Michigan State (3-1) after Thanksgiving for a Friday night match-up. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The game can also be heard on OU's flagship station WDFN-AM (1130).