The atmosphere was everything everyone expected to be Saturday night on the campus of Detroit Mercy. The game was even better as expected as the Oakland Golden Grizzlies pulled off a pretty big come back as they won 77-69. Corey Petros had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Oakland as they came back from a 11 point deficit with under 8 minutes to go.
The game was chippy throughout, and Petros battled through it all night.
“It’s just part of that rivalry ya know, it’s going to be like that every single game.”
During the press conference after the game you could hear Oakland fans screaming in excitement after the big win.
For Greg Kampe it was a big win not for just his team, but for the universities involved.
“I think the winner is both teams, I think Oakland is for sure a winner because we are in the league, and I personally think the winners both teams because this could turn into something really special.”
However, it was only one game which put Oakland at 2-2 in the Horizon League and dropped Detroit Mercy to 1-2. Here is what coach Ray McCallum had to say after the loss on Saturday.
“We knew they would make a run, they are a strong second half team, and really we had a 12 point lead in the second half. We have been there before several times this year and your defense has got to hold even though you’re not making shots.”
He is right. Oakland did through a little full-court-pressure at about that time too so I believe it was a combination of turning the ball over and not making shots down the stretch. But the Titans have to move past Saturday and they have a huge game coming up on Wednesday at Calihan Hall against Valparaiso. It is a game they should win and move back to .500 in the Horizon.