ROCHESTER, Mich.--The Adrian College basketball team began their season on Saturday when they traveled to the "O'Rena" of Oakland University to take on the Golden Grizzles in an exhibition contest won by Oakland 113-58.
Oakland, which finished third in the NCAA Division I Horizon League a year ago and are tabbed for second behind defending champion Valparaiso in this season's conference pre-season poll, scored 67 points in the first half on their way to a 67-32 halftime edge and never looked back.
Oakland was led by Kahlil Felder's 23 points and 7 assists, as the Horizon League pre-season player of the year quarterbacked a Golden Grizzly attack that featured 5 players in double figures. Nick Daniels and Max Hooper each had 19 points, while Percy Gibson added 15 and Femi Olujobi had 11 for Oakland.
Despite the lopsided score, the Bulldogs had many positive moments against their Division l opponents, as DeVonte Harris (Romulus, MI) hit three triples on his way to a team leading 18 points, while Rickey Jackson Jr. (Detroit, MI) scored 14 and Christian Covile (Westland, MI) added 10 to pace the Bulldog offense.
Adrian held their own inside despite being at a decided height disadvantage, trailing Oakland by just a bucket, 28-26 for points in the paint and being outrebounded just 46-36 on the afternoon. Harris and Jackson were the Bulldogs leading rebounders with 6 rebounds apiece.
Oakland's biggest advantage in the contest was at the free throw line where the Golden Grizzlies cashed in 39 of 45 charity tosses, while Adrian was just 7 of 17.
The Bulldogs will open the regular season officially on November 13 when they travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, for the opening round of the Carthage Classic, against Robert Morris-Peoria. Adrian's home opener will be November 24 when they host crosstown rival Siena Heights in the battle for the Milk Jug at 8 p.m.