(Rochester, Mich.) - A career-best 30-point effort from senior guard Reggie Chamberlain wasn't quite enough to knock off the two-time defending league champions on Saturday as Oakland pulled away for an 86-73 victory.
The Grizzlies (6-2, 2-0 SL) made it 11 wins in a row over UMKC, and extended their home-court league game winning streak to 31 games.
The Kangaroos (4-5, 1-1 SL) were in foul trouble all night, and were whistled for three in the first 1:11, giving the Grizzlies a 4-0 lead. UMKC fought back though, going on an 8-1 run to take the lead with 16:57 to play.
That would be the last time UMKC led though, as OU hit a three with 15:12 to play in the half, spurring a 10-0 run to make it 22-12 at the 12:28 mark. Chamberlain kept the 'Roos in it though, even cutting a 13-point OU lead to six with 2:30 on the clock. The Grizzlies would push it back to 47-36 at the break though, scoring five in the final 37 seconds.
Both teams shot 55.2 percent in the half, but five threes and 10 free throws by OU was the difference, as UMKC had only one three and three free throws. Chamberlain tallied 15 points.
The 'Roos made one last run at the Grizzlies in the second stanza, cutting a 15-point margin down to six in a span of six minutes at the 10:05 mark. The 15-6 rally was capped by a dunk from sophomore Fred Chatmon, who had a solid night off the bench with a career-best matching eight points.
Oakland answered with a 6-0 run though, and UMKC never got closer than nine the rest of the way. The 'Roos were down by nine with 5:45 left, but OU pulled away for the final margin.
The 'Roos hit a season-low 3-of-20 from beyond the arc, and were out-rebounded 41-31. UMKC was 49.2 percent from the floor, and had 46 points in the paint, but OU was +14 from the free-throw line and +9 from the three-point line.
Chamberlain made it four consecutive games with more than 20 points, while junior forward Thomas Staton had a career-best 10 points. Chatmon added a team and career-high seven boards to his eight points.
UMKC will head home for the first time since Nov. 16 this Wednesday for a non-conference match-up with North Dakota at 7:05 p.m. at Swinney Recreation Center. The 'Roos will play five non-conference games before stepping back into conference play on Dec. 28.