Oakland, Mich. 88, N. Dakota St. 81
Johnathon Jones scored 24 points Saturday night as Oakland,
Mich., clinched the Summit League regular-season championship with
an 88-81 victory over North Dakota State.
Jones scored eight in a row midway through the second half to
give the Golden Grizzlies (22-8, 16-1) the lead for good.
Derick Nelson had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds,
and Keith Benson scored 17 as Oakland improved to 26-1 in its last
27 home games.
Michael Tveidt’s game-best 28 points led the Bison (10-16, 7-9).
Eric Carlson added 14, Nate Zastrow 13 and Josh Vaughan 11.
North Dakota State led 41-35 at halftime. Benson finally put
Oakland ahead 49-48 with 13:08 to go. But the Bison went back up
53-49 before Jones scored eight straight points to make it 57-53
with 9:41 left and put the Golden Grizzlies ahead for good.
The Bison couldn’t come closer than three after that.