Bader scores 47, Oakland downs IUPUI 89-71

Bader scores 47, Oakland downs IUPUI 89-71
January 24, 2013, 10:57 pm
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ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Travis Bader hit a school-record 11 3-pointers and scored a career-high 47 points to lead Oakland past IUPUI 89-71 Thursday night.

Bader's point total is the highest this season by a Division I player, beating a 42-point performance by Tyler Haws of BYU. It is also the highest single-game total in Oakland's Division I history, and third all-time at the school.

``After the last game (a 97-78 loss to South Dakota), I said something really stupid like I let them get in my head,'' Bader said. ``That's probably the dumbest thing I've ever said because I'm the only person that can get in my head. So I kind of reflected on that a bit and just came out here shooting, doing what I do in practice and putting up shots.

``My teammates did a great job finding me in transition and finding me in the offense. Corey (Petros) probably knocked a couple guys out tonight trying to screen. Same with Drew Valentine and Ryan Bass.''

Bader, who leads the nation in 3-pointers made, was 11 for 18 from beyond the arc, 15 for 24 overall and 6 for 6 at the free-throw line. That helped the Golden Grizzlies (9-13, 4-4 Summit) shoot 55 percent overall from the field, including 14 of 30 on 3-point attempts.

Sean Esposito scored 21 points and Donovan Gibbs had 15 for IUPUI (6-17, 1-8), which lost its seventh straight.

Petros added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Oakland, and Duke Mondy had 11 points. The Grizzlies outrebounded the Jaguars 37-18 and swept the season series between the schools.

Bader opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers that put the Grizzlies up 6-0.

Oakland led 37-26 at halftime and extended the margin to 63-37 with 12:20 left on a dunk by Bass in transition. However, he was whistled for a technical and the Jaguars scored the next eight points. IUPUI later cut the lead to 72-61 with 6:48 remaining. But Bader answered with a 3 on the other end and then scored 16 of Oakland's final 17 points, including all six of his free-throw attempts.

Oakland coach Greg Kampe said he was angry with Bader after hearing his remarks following the South Dakota loss.

``That told me the whole mindset of our basketball team,'' Kampe said. ``Mentally we were in a fog. As a coaching staff, we had to reshape that thinking and get things going in a different direction.

``Like he said, a lot of guys got him open. Bass did a heck of a job getting him the ball. They recognized it was his night and everything was going. That's what I liked. ... I think there were two times where he went out and got his own shot. The rest came out of the offense and great screens and passes.''