Benson powers Oakland, Mich., past UMKC 85-70

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Benson powers Oakland, Mich., past UMKC 85-70

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(AP) — Player of the year Keith Benson’s 17th
double-double led Oakland, Mich., to an 85-70 victory over UMKC
in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament Saturday
night.

Benson finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Golden
Grizzlies (24-8), who are riding a nine-game winning streak and
are the top seeds for the first time.

Larry Wright led all scorers with 16 points. Derick Nelson had
14, Johnathan Jones 13 and Blake Cushingberry 10 for Oakland,
which will play Monday against the winner of Sunday’s game
pitting No. 4 South Dakota State and No. 5 IPFW.

Spencer Johnson’s 14 points paced the eighth-seeded Kangaroos
(12-18). LaTreze Mushatt had 13 and Trey McKinney-Jones 11.

The Golden Grizzlies shot 55.6 percent (30 of 54) from the floor
and 42.1 percent (8 of 19) from 3-point range. They also
outrebounded UMKC 46-23.

Oakland tied the school record with its 24th win.

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