Oakland’s Travis Bader finds different ways to score in threes
Bader recognized he didn’t didn’t accomplish the feat on his own.
"My teammates did a great job finding me in transition and finding me in the offense,” Bader said. “Corey (Petros) probably knocked a couple guys out tonight trying to screen. Same with Drew Valentine and Ryan Bass."
Oakland coach Greg Kampe appreciated the way his team was feeding beast. Bader also set a school record with 18 3-point attempts and was 15 of 24 shooting and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.
“They recognized it was his night and we needed that to win,” Kampe said. “That’s what I liked. The players recognized it and helped him get the shots. Maybe two times did he make a move or go get the ball and get the basket by himself. The rest of it came out of the offense off screens and great passes.”
Valentine, Bader’s friend and roommate, tweeted after the game joking that Bader had 47 points due in part to the screens he set. Others teammates also took to Twitter to congratulate Bader on the nation’s highest-scoring individual performance of the season.
Bader became the fifth Oakland player in the Division I era to score 40 or more points and topped Mike Helms’ previous Division I-era best of 45 points set in the 2001-02 season.
Bader has now hit at least one triple in 42 consecutive games. And noted on Twitter, he outscored Saturday’s opponent, Western Illinois, 47-43.
New day for Mondy
For the first time this season, Oakland’s Duke Mondy did not start the game. Kampe opted to insert sophomore Dante Williams, who started the season’s first three games before heading to the bench. Mondy responded by scoring 11 points and dishing out five assists and five steals in 25 minutes.
Kampe said previously Mondy was having trouble getting Oakland into its offense and noted it typically takes transfers some time to adjust. When Kampe’s first substitution came around, it was sophomore Matt Poches entering the game for Ryan Bass with 11:34 remaining in the first half.
“It was my intention to sit him the whole game, but he handled practice very well this week,” Kampe said. ”I put him out there and he played his best all-around game since he’s been at Oakland. His stats were very similar in 25 minutes to what they would be in 40 minutes. He also did a great job on the glass.”
Mondy also had five rebounds to help the Grizzlies to a 37-18 advantage.
“He’s a man out there and those are the things he should be doing,” Kampe said. “We just tried to refocus him. Sometimes when you get a transfer … it takes a while and sometimes it takes sitting on the bench to understand you have to do things the way we need them done. He understood very well.”
As for Mondy’s replacement, Kampe said Williams played “exactly how I thought he would play.”
After making a couple mistakes, Kampe said he was encouraged to see Williams’ progress through his response.
“I was pleased to see he let it go,” Kampe said. “He was strong enough to come back and make (a 3-pointer). That was a good sign. Dante played 17 OK minutes. I need 17 better minutes Saturday.”
Kampe said he’s committed to going with the same starting lineup against Western Illinois during Saturday’s Homecoming game.