Oakland wins Horizon League to earn tournament berth

INDIANAPOLIS – Oakland is dancing again.

The top-seeded Golden Grizzlies (23-11) defeated sixth-seeded Milwaukee (20-15), 83-76, in the Horizon League Championship title game on Tuesday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum to earn their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.

It’s Oakland’s fourth Division I tournament berth and first as a member of the Horizon League.

Horizon League Player of the Year Trey Townsend played a key role in the team’s championship run. Milwaukee didn’t have any answers for Townsend, who shot 12 of 22 from the floor with a career-high 38 points. He tallied a double-double, adding 11 rebounds for Oakland.

Chris Conway also tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jack Gohlke sank five 3-pointers for 15 points.

The Golden Grizzlies now will wait for Selection Sunday to see who they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of Mid-Major Basketball and has covered college basketball since 2013. He grew up around mid-major college basketball and has developed a strong passion for writing stories as an award-winning journalist. He has extensive experience covering the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Panthers and Nebraska Cornhuskers as a credentialed media member. His website,, is a leading source for MLB draft content.

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