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The men's basketball team, under the direction of coach Dr. Mike Sandifar, won 10 consecutive Mideast Regional Championships, with Sandifar being named Mideast Region Coach of the Year in each of those 10 seasons.

In 1999, the Mighty Oaks men's basketball team won the NCCAA Men's Division I National Championship and Sandifar was named National Coach of the Year. The Oaks were runners-up in 1994 and 2006 under Sandifar's leadership. The team has competed in the NCCAA National Finals a total of 14 times.

Front row, L-R: Manager Todd Glickfield, JP Hevia, Carlos Avina, Tommie Bell, Alex Wittmer, Joe Hinton, Lawrence Kinney, Jordan Simmons, Will Niederhaus, Manager Kody Sloan
Back Row, L-R: Assistant Coach Charles Brauser, Grant Byrne, Leo Vrkas, Jonathan Sulak, Brandon Morton, Head Coach Dr. Mike Sandifar, Byron Dulin, Trevor Smith, Ryan Helfert, Matt Lucas, Assistant Coach Mikel Breeden

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Dec. 17, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Able to Hold Off Pesky Cougars of Cincinnati-Clermont

The Oaks hosted the Cougars of the University of Cincinnati-Clermont on Wednesday, looking for their seventh win in the first eight games of the year. Despite opening a 17 point lead early in the game, and a 44-34 halftime lead, it took everything the Oaks had to claim a 7-1 record, winning by the final score of 86-84.

Lawrence Kinney led the Oaks in scoring, posting 24 points on 4-11 shooting, while going 15-16 from the free throw line, as well as handing out a game high six assists and picking up three steals. Ryan Helfert added 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots in a solid outing. Matt Lucas chipped in with 13, while Jordan Simmons and Jonathan Sulak each came off the bench to notch 10. Brandon Morton was limited to seven points before fouling out, but hauled in a game high 16 rebounds.

The Cougars were led in scoring by Phil Cook, who shot 14-27 from the field to score a game high 35 points, while grabbing a team high 13 missed shots. Curt Wesp added 12, followed by 10 points from Ricky Garcia. Terry Sparks had eight points, 10 boards, four assists and two steals.

For the game, the Oaks shot 25-62 (40.3%) from the field, including 8-23 (34.8%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 28-35 (80.0%) from the charity stripe. The UC-Clermont Cougars managed to score on 28-66 (42.4%) from the field, making 12-28 (42.9%) from long range, while scoring on 16-23 (69.6%) from the foul line.

The Oaks held a 44-40 advantage in rebounding, including a 13-11 lead on the offensive end. OCU had 20 assists to just eight turnovers, compared to 13 assists and 10 errors by the visitors.

Tomorrow, the Oaks travel to Clarksville, Tennessee, to take on the Austin Peay State University Governors in an exhibition contest. Their next regular season game is on January 3, when they host Boyce College, in the Johnson Center, at 3:00 pm.

Dec. 13, 2014 - Matt Lucas Has Career Night as Mighty Oaks Defeat Mavericks

Coming off a strong 91-54 victory over the Boyce College Bulldogs, the Mighty Oaks hosted the Mavericks of Ohio State University-Mansfield, looking to improve to 6-1 on the year. They were able to accomplish their goal, winning by the final score of 114-72.

Matt Lucas was nearly perfect in the game, making 10-11 shot attempts, while scoring on 6-7 from three point range, the fourth best three point shooting game in OCU men's basketball history, to scoring a team high 27 points. Leo Vrkas, making his second consecutive start in place of the injured Trevor Smith, shot 7-11 from the field, including 3-5 from beyond the arc to notch 19 points. Brandon Morton chipped in with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Ryan Helfert also had a double double with 11 points and a dozen assists to go with three blocked shots and three steals.

The Mavericks were led by Markese Hicks, who shot 11-23 from the floor, making 8-17 from beyond the arc, to post a game high 35 points. Michael Durbin added 13, while Timson Mitchell chipped in with 12. Brenden Johnson grabbed a team high seven rebounds, while Durbin came up with six assists.

For the game, OCU shot 44-68 (64.7%) from the field, including 14-25 (56.0%) from three point range, while scoring on 12-18 (66.7%) from the free throw line. The Mavericks scored on 25-60 (41.7%) of their shot attempts, knocking down 14-31 (45.2%) from long range, while going 8-11 (72.7%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks outrebounded the Mavericks 44-19, including a 14-5 advantage on the offensive glass, helping them to a 52-18 lead in points scored in the paint, as well as an 18-2 advantage in second chance points. OCU handed out 31 assists and committed 11 turnovers, while OSU-M had 14 assists and 12 turnovers.

Next up for the Oaks is a Wednesday night matchup against the University of Cincinnati-Clermont. Game time is set for 7:00 pm, in the Johnson Center.

Dec. 6, 2014 - OCU Men's Basketball Knocks Off Cougars of OU-Lancaster

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Mighty Oaks hosted the Cougars of Ohio University-Lancaster, looking to get back on track. After falling behind early, OCU was able to fight off a pesky Cougar team, winning by the final score of 76-59.

Brandon Morton notch a double-double, scoring 17 points and hauling in 14 rebounds, joining fellow senior Ryan Helfert, who also tallied 17, to lead the Oaks to victory. Trevor Smith added 12 points, while Matt Lucas chipped in with 11. Lawrence Kinney and Helfert each had seven assists, while Helfert picked up six steals before fouling out in 35 minutes of play.

The Cougars were led in scoring by Christian Hawkins, who shot 6-11 from the field, including 5-10 from beyond the arc, to notch a game high 18 points. Korey Arledge struggled from the field, making just 6-19 shots, but managed 16 points, while Matt Freville added 10.

For the game, OCU shot 32-65 (49.2%) from the field, knocking down 5-17 (29.4%) from long range, while scoring on 7-11 (63.6%) from the foul line. The Cougars made 22-58 (37.9%) of their shot attempts, connecting on 8-27 (29.6%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 7-10 (70.0%) from the foul line.

The Oaks held a 39-34 rebounding advantage, including an 11-10 lead on the offensive glass. OCU had 20 assists to go with 12 turnovers, while OU-L had 11 assists and 19 errors.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks, now 4-1 on the year, is a trip to Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, to take on the Bulldogs. The games is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, at 7:00 pm.

Nov. 24, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Suffer First Loss of the Year to BYU-Hawaii Over Thanksgiving

It has become tradition for the OCU basketball teams to make the long trek from southern Indiana to the state of Hawaii every two years. This year, the Oaks squared off against the Seasiders of BYU-Hawaii, an NCAA DII powerhouse in recent years, losing 119-82.

OCU senior Lawrence Kinney led all scorers in the game with 25 points, shooting 8-15 from the field, including 3-6 from three point range, while handing out five assists and picking up four steals. Matt Lucas added 14 points, while Trevor Smith added a dozen counters and five assists. Leo Vrkas, making his season debut, chipped in with 10 points off the bench.

The Seasiders had six players reach double figures in scoring, led by the 20 points of Pablo Coro, who shot 7-9 from the field, including 4-6 from three point range. Jordan Stone added 19 points and hauled in a game high eight rebounds. Daniel Berger posted 18 counters, while Scott Friel added 15. Cory Lange and Ian Harward came off the bench to score 12 and 10 points respectively.

For the game, OCU shot 29-63 (46.0%) from the field, making 10-26 (38.5%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on13-18 (72.2%) from the free throw line. The Seasiders shot 43-64 (67.2%) from the field, including 14-21 (66.7%) from three point range, while scoring on 19-24 (79.2%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks trailed in rebounding 37-22, including a deficit of 12-10 on the offensive glass.

OCU will return to the friendly confines of the Johnson Center on Saturday, December 6, where they will take on the Cougars of Ohio University-Lancaster. Game time is slated for 3:00 pm.

Nov. 18, 2014 - Career Night for Senior Trevor Smith Moves Oaks to 3-0 on the Year

The Oakland City University men's basketball team hosted the Cougars of Indiana University-Kokomo in the Johnson Center, turning a 44-36 halftime advantage into a 17 point win, at 85-68, their third victory on they year in as many games.

Senior forward Trevor Smith shot a blazing 14-16 from the floor, going 1-1 from three point range, and 5-5 from the foul line to post a career best 34 points to lead all scorers, as all five OCU starters reached double figures in scoring. Ryan Helfert had a double-double on the night, notching 14 points and hauling in a game high 13 rebounds. Matt Lucas chipped in with 12 counters, while Lawrence Kinney added 11. Brandon Morton totaled 10 points and eight boards to go with four blocks. Helfert also had seven assists and three steals.

The Cougars were led in scoring by Nick Teeter, who shot 5-15 from the field, making 4-13 from three point range, who post 15 points. Micah Pier was close behind with 14, going 6-11 from the floor. Beau Dedmond added 12, while Jerome Campbell chipped in with 11. Jared Lawrence had nine points while leading the team in rebounding with eight.

For the game, OCU shot 34-63 (54.0%) from the field, making 3-12 (25.0%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 14-21 (66.7%) from the foul line. The Cougars made 24-62 (38.7%) of their shot attempts, making 10-35 (28.6%) from long range, and scored 10-16 (62.5%) from the line.

OCU was outrebounded in the game 39-37, due to a 10-5 deficit on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 19 assists while turning the ball over just eight times, compared to 16 assists and 15 errors for the visitors. The game was decided mostly in the paint, as the Mighty Oaks outscored the Cougars 48-24 in the post.

The Oaks will take their perfect 3-0 record on the road, where they will take on the Seasiders of BYU-Hawaii, in Laie, Hawaii, on Monday, November 24.

Nov. 15, 2014 - Matt Lucas Scores 22 as Oaks Defeat Crusaders Again

The Mighty Oaks squared off against the Crusaders of Queen City Christian College for the second day in a row in the Johnson Center, turning a 61-24 halftime advantage into a 109-63 win.

Matt Lucas led all scorers in the game, notching 22 points on 8-9 shooting, including a perfect 5-5 from long range. Trevor Smith added 16 points, followed by 11 from Jonathan Sulak. Tommie Bell and Lawrence Kinney each scored 10 points. Brandon Morton and Helfert each grabbed six rebounds to lead the Oaks, while Smith handed out eight assists and snagged five steals, both game highs.

The Crusaders were led in scoring by Malcolm Harris, who came off the bench to tally 16 counters. Eric Gleason chipped in with 14, followed by 10 from Courtney Edwards. Issac Gibson hauled in eight boards, while Devonta Bradley handed out eight assists.

The Oaks shot 38-77 (49.4%) from the field, including a torrid 17-31 (54.8%) from beyond the arc, while making 16-19 (84.2%) from the free throw line. QCCC knocked down 25-59 (42.4%) of their shots, scoring on 10-30 (33.3%) from long range, and scored 3-5 (60.0%) from the charity stripe.

OCU held a 42-34 advantage on the glass, including a 16-9 lead on the offensive end. The Mighty Oaks handed out 33 assists as a team, while committing just six turnovers, compared to 15 assists and 25 turnovers for the visitors. The Oaks outscored the Crusaders 34-22 in the paint, 38-3 off turnovers, 21-7 on second chance points, and 16-2 on fast break points.

Next up for the Oaks is game against Indiana University-Kokomo, scheduled to tip off at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, in the Johnson Center.

Nov. 14, 2014 - Another Year Begins with a Win as Mighty Oaks Handle Queen City Christian with Ease

Five OCU players scored in double digits, led by newcomer Jonathan Sulak's 30 point outing, as the Mighty Oaks cruised to a 125-52 victory over the newly established Queen City Christian College Crusaders.

Sulak went 11-16 from the field, including 6-10 from beyond the arc to lead the team. Trevor Smith posted 17 points while gathering a game high five steals. Brandon Morton had a double-double, scoring 15 points and hauling in a game high 10 rebounds, while blocking three shots. Lawrence Kinney also had 15 counters, while Ryan Helfert chipped in with 13 points in the win.

The Crusaders were led in scoring by Devonta Bradley, who came off the bench to score 14 points on 4-12 shooting. Courtney Edwards and Cody Hare each added 10, while Marquis Commodore tallied nine points and nine rebounds.

As a team, the Oaks shot 47-83 (56.6%) from the floor, making 14-29 (48.4%) from three point range, while knocking down 17-25 (68.0%) from the foul line. The Crusaders shot 19-70 (27.1%) from the field, scoring on just 3-21 (14.3%) of their three point attempts, and made 11-18 (61.1%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks managed a 48-46 rebounding advantage, despite trailing 21-16 on the offensive glass. However, OCU had 37 assists and just four turnovers, while QCCC had five assists and 24 errors. The Mighty Oaks scored 56 points in the paint, besting the 24 scored by the Crusaders. Points off turnovers also went OCU's way, 37-4, while the Oaks scored 26 points on fast breaks while giving up none.

These two teams square off in the Johnson Center again tomorrow, with game time set to start at 3:00 pm.

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March 14, 2014 - OCU Defeats Ecclesia; Advances to CCNIT Championship Against Victory

In the second round of the 2014 Christian College National Invitational Tournament, the Oaks found themselves squaring off against the Royals of Ecclesia College with a berth in the tournament championship game on the line. After leading 41-23 at the half, OCU took care of business in the second period, winning by the final score of 83-57.

Ryan Helfert scored 19 points off the bench, shooting 6-10 from the field, including a perfect 3-3 from three point range. Lawrence Kinney and Kendall Wittmer each scored 15 points in the game. Brandon Morton and Trevor Smith each had double-doubles, with Morton notching 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Smith added 13 counters and 11 boards.

The Ecclesia College Royals were led by Rolands Narkis, who posted a double-double of his own, notching 14 points and hauling in 11 missed shots. Austin Burroughs and Deven Goodwin each tallied 13, followed by Phillip Foster, who scored 11.

For the game, OCU shot 28-52 (53.8%) from the floor, including 7-14 (50.0%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 20-26 (76.9%) from the charity stripe. The Royals connected on 22-64 (34.4%) of their shot attempts, knocking down 3-19 (15.8%) from long range, and made 10-17 (58.8%) from the foul line.

The Oaks held a 42-30 rebounding advantage, despite being outrebounded 11-8 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 19 assists, while committing 14 turnovers, compared to 10 assists and nine turnovers for Ecclesia.

Kendall Wittmer passed Vance Edmondson (1991-94) and Robert Norris (1985-89) on the OCU career scoring list, moving into 16th place with 1,186 career points. Chris Mitchell is in 15th place, having scored 1,187.

Tomorrow's seventh place game will feature Knoxville College taking on Ohio Mid-Western College at 2:00, the fifth place game will pit Virginia University-Lynchburg against Indiana Dabney University at 4:00. In the third place game, Rhema College will take on Ecclesia College at 6:00, while Oakland City University will take on Victory University in the championship game at 8:00.

March 13, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Defeat Bulldogs of Knoxville College to Open 2014 CCNIT Action

Oakland City University hosted the opening round of the third annual Christian College National Invitational Tournament on Thursday, March 13. The Oaks squared off against the Bulldogs of Knoxville College, turning a 50-28 halftime lead into a 95-62 victory.

OCU had all five starters score in double figures, led by Trevor Smith, who notched 25 points in the win. Billy Newton tallied a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team best 13 rebounds, while Brandon Morton had 12 each and as many rebounds. Kendall Wittmer scored 16 points, while Lawrence Kinney chipped in with 11.

Averie Armbrister scored a game high 31 points, shooting 11-23 from the field, including 7-14 from beyond the arc. Kai Russell added nine points, followed by Randy Miller and Sammy Pierce with eight points each. Miller also grabbed a game high 14 rebounds.

For the game, OCU shot 38-77 (49.4%) from the field, including 7-26 (26.9%) from beyond the arc, while making 12-16 (75.0%) from the free throw line. KC made 22-70 (31.4%) from the floor, connecting on 9-28 (32.1%) from long range, while scoring on 9-18 (50.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 53-41 rebounding advantage, thanks to a 17-15 edge on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 25 assists while turning the ball over just five times, while KC had nine of each.

In other CCNIT games, Victory University defeated Ohio Mid-Western College 82-74, Rhema College knocked off Virginia University-Lynchburg 92-86, and Ecclesia College downed Indiana Dabney University 81-65.

In round two, Ohio Mid-Western College will face Virginia University-Lynchburg at 1:00, Indiana Dabney University will play Knoxville College at 3:00, Victory University will square off against Rhema College at 5:00, followed by OCU against Ecclesia College at 7:00.

March 1, 2014 - Shorthanded Oaks Surge Past Warriors of Akron-Wayne in Final Regular Season Game

Playing with just eight players in uniform, the MIghty Oaks hosted the Warriors of the University of Akron-Wayne on Saturday, March 1. After leading 40-28 at the half, OCU pulled away in the second period to take a 100-62 victory.

Lawrence Kinney led the Oaks in scoring, notching 21 points to go with a game high eight assists. Billy Newton, making just his second start of the year, played all 40 minutes, scoring 20 points and hauling in nine rebounds. Brandon Morton added 19 points and grabbed a season high 20 rebounds, while Kendall Wittmer chipped in with 14 points and seven steals. Trevor Smith and Tommie Bell each scored 10 points in the win.

The Warriors were led in scoring by Nate Gibson, who shot 10-17 from the field, including 5-7 from three point range, to post a game high 29 points. Trumell McCrimmon added 10 points, while grabbing a team best seven rebounds and blocking three shots.

For the game, OCU shot 36-75 (48.0%) from the field, including 9-24 (37.5%) from beyond the arc, while making 19-24 (79.2%) from the foul line. The Warriors made 22-45 (48.9%) of their field goal tries, knocking down 9-17 (52.9%) from long range, while scoring on 9-18 (50.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 40-29 advantage in rebounding, thanks to an 18-6 edge on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 25 assists while turning the ball over just seven times, compared to 14 assists and 26 turnovers for Akron-Wayne.

Next up for the Oaks in the third annual Christian College National Invitational Tournament, starting on March 13, in the Johnson Center.

February 22, 2014 - Kendall Wittmer Has Career Game on Senior Day Against Ohio Midwestern College

Kendall Wittmer scored a career high 33 points on senior day, as the Mighty oaks defeated the Rams of Ohio Midwestern College, turning a 47-41 halftime advantage into a 95-79 victory in the Johnson Center.

Wittmer and fellow senior Billy Newton, along with managers Michael Taylor and Kyle Fischer, were recognized before the game for their outstanding careers with the Mighty Oaks program. Wittmer made 9-16 from the field in the game, including 5-10 from beyond the arc, while scoring on 10-14 from the free throw line to lead the Oaks. Ryan Helfert added 20, while Trevor Smith chipped in with 12 counters. Brandon Morton had a double-double in the game, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Rams were led in scoring by Robbie Smythe, who had a double-double in the game, with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Smith also had a double-double, posting 20 points and grabbing 10 boards. Jaihlen Teague and Kadeem Palmer also scored in double digits, adding 11 and 10 points, respectively.

For the game, OCU shot 34-65 (52.3%) from the floor, including 9-19 (47.4%) from beyond the arc, while making 18-24 (75.0%) from the foul line. The Rams connected on 27-69 (39.1%) of their shots, knocking down 9-28 (23.7%) from three point range, while making 16-20 (80.0%) from the charity stripe.

Both teams grabbed 40 missed shots in the game, while the Rams held a 15-11 edge on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 23 assists while turning the ball over just six times, while OMWC had ten of each statistic.

Next up for the Oaks is a matchup against the University of Akron-Wayne on Saturday, March 1, in the Johnson Center. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 pm CST.

February 8, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Avenge Early Season Loss, Holding Off Ohio Valley on Homecoming Day

In a rematch against Ohio Valley University, who handed OCU their second loss of the year on November 23, the Mighty Oaks managed to pull away down the stretch, turning a 36-30 halftime advantage into an 89-74 victory.

Oakland City used a balanced attack in the game, led by Ryan Helfert and Brandon Morton, who each scored 16 points. Trevor Smith and Lawrence Kinney each added 15, while Kendall Wittmer chipped in with 12 counters off the bench. Matt Lucas rounded out six player in double figures, adding 11 to the OCU side of the ledger. Morton also led the team in rebounding, hauling in eight missed shots, while Smith handed out seven assists, a game high.

The Scots of Ohio Valley were led in scoring by Austin Parker, who shot 8-13 from the field, including 7-12 from beyond the three point line, to post a game high 23 points. Sequan Lawrence tallied a double-double by scoring 18 points and grabbing a game high 13 rebounds, while David Sinickas chipped in with 14 points off the bench.

For the game, OCU shot 28-58 (48.3%) from the field, making 6-16 (37.5%) from long range, while scoring on 27-32 (84.4%) from the charity stripe. The Scots managed to make 25-56 (44.6%) of their shot attempts, including 12-29 (41.4%) from three point range, while connecting on 12-20 (60.0%) free throws.

OCU trailed by a single rebound in the game, 34-33, including a deficit of 13-11 on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 21 assists while turning the ball over just six times, while the Scots had 18 assists and 19 turnovers.

Next up for the Oaks is a trip to Bluefield, West Virginia, to take on Bluefield State College on Saturday, February 15. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

February 5, 2014 - Revenge Bid Falls Short as Mighty Oaks Lose to Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan College Again

Looking to avenge a 101-65 loss on January 22, the Mighty Oaks hosted the Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday, February 5, in the Johnson Center. After trailing 44-34 at the half, the Oaks were unable to mount any sustained comeback, losing by the final score of 89-72.

Brandon Morton had a double-double in the game, scoring a team best 17 points while hauling in a game high 10 rebounds, to go with five blocked shots and three steals. Lawrence Kinney and Kendall Wittmer each added 14 counters, while Matt Lucas chipped in with nine off the bench.

Lonnie Hayes paced the Panthers, scoring 18 points, followed by 16 from Ken-Jah Bosley. Rico Ferguson added 14, while Devin Langford and Luke Shelley each reached double figures, scoring 13 and 10 respectively. Donovan Johnson scored just two points, but grabbed a team best 10 rebounds.

For the game, OCU shot 28-57 (49.1%) from the field, including 6-19 (31.6%) from beyond the arc, while making 10-13 (76.9%) from the foul line. KWC connected on 34-66 (51.5%) from the floor, making 14-29 (48.3%) from long range, while scoring on 7-8 (87.5%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks were outrebounded in the game 36-29, including a deficit of 13-9 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 14 assists while turning the ball over 15 times, while KWC had 19 assists and 13 turnovers.

Next up for the Oaks is a matchup against Ohio Valley University, a team they lost against by the score of 94-88 on November 23. They will look to overcome that loss on Saturday, February 8, tipping off at 3:00 pm in the Johnson Center.

February 1, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Turn Strong First Half into Victory Against Knoxville College

The Mighty Oaks opened up a 52-29 advantage in the opening half, as they hosted the Bulldogs of Knoxville College on Saturday, February 1, in the Johnson Center. KC fought back, but OCU proved up to the challenge, winning by the final score of 106-84.

Kendall Wittmer scored a team high 23 points in the game, moving him into 25th in career scoring at OCU with 1,081. He trails Brandon Hopf (2008-10), who currently sits in 24th place, by just three points. Ryan Helfert added 20 points, shooting 9-11 from the field, while Trevor Smith and Lawrence Kinney each scored 16. Oscar Falodun chipped in with 12 off the bench. Wittmer also led the team in rebounding, hauling in 10 missed shots.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Averie Armbrister, who shot 12-29 from the floor, including 4-11 from beyond the arc, while making 12-14 from the free throw line, to post a game high 40 points. Leon Boddie added 19, while Randy Miller chipped in with 13 counters. Armbrister also led the team in rebounding, pulling down 11, ahead of Miller's total of 10.

For the game, OCU shot 42-73 (57.5%) from the field, including 9-24 (37.5%) from beyond the arc, while making 13-17 (76.5%) from the foul line. Knoxville College made 30-79 (38.0%) of their shot attempts, including 5-22 (22.7%) from long range, while connecting on 19-25 (76.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks were outrebounded 44-42, due to a 23-12 deficit on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 37 assists, good for seventh all time, while committing 12 turnovers. The Bulldogs had just six assists in the game, while also turning the ball over a dozen times.

Next up for the Oaks is a rematch against the Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan College, a team they lost by the score of 101-65 on January 22. They are scheduled to meet against on Wednesday, February 5, in the Johnson Center at 7:00 pm CST.

January 29, 2014 - Kendall Wittmer Moves to 26th on OCU Career Scoring List in Win Over Lions of Indiana Dabney University

Kendall Wittmer moved into a tie with PJ "Pinky" Powell (1953-57) for 26th all time in OCU scoring, reaching 1,059 career points, as the Mighty Oaks powered past the Lions of Indiana Dabney on Wednesday night in the Johnson Center.

After taking a 47-38 hard-fought lead into the locker room at halftime, the Mighty Oaks were able to pull away down the stretch, defeating the visiting Lions 108-76, and improving their record to 14-5 on the year.

Brandon Morton posted a double-double in the game, scoring 22 points and hauling in a game high 16 rebounds. Kendall Wittmer also had 22 counter for the Oaks, while Ryan Helfert added 16. Trevor Smith also had a double-double, scoring 14 points to go with 10 assists.

The Lions were led in scoring by Javan Linson, who posted 22 counters, while Anthony Harris added 15 points, falling one rebound shy of a double-double with a team best nine boards. Leanard Brinson and David McGee each had 14 points in the loss.

For the game, OCU shot 41-73 (56.2%) from the field, despite struggling from three point range in the game, making just 3-14 (21.4%) from beyond the arc. The Lions scored on 26-62 (41.9%) of their shot attempts, making 8-21 (38.1%) from long range, The Oaks were 23-30 (76.7%) from the free throw line, compared to 16-31 (51.6%) for the visitors.

The Oaks held a 44-38 advantage in rebounding, including a slight edge on the offensive glass, 14-13. OCU handed out 31 assists to go with 11 turnovers, while IDU turned the ball over 18 times while handing out just eight assists.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a Saturday contest against the Bulldogs of Knoxville College. Game time is slated for a 3:00 pm tip off in the Johnson Center.

January 22, 2014 - Panthers Overpower Mighty Oaks in Road Loss

The Mighty Oaks traveled to Owensboro, Kentucky, to face the Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday, January 22. After trailing 53-31 at the half, OCU was unable to mount any sustained comeback, losing by the final score of 101-65.

Matt Lucas and Kendall Wittmer each scored 15 points to pace the Oaks, shooting a combined 9-18 from the floor, including 4-10 from three point range, and 8-9 from the foul line. Ryan Helfert chipped in with 13 points while grabbing a team high seven rebounds, while Lawrence Kinney notched 10 points to go with a team best five assists.

The Panthers were led by Devin Langford, who shot 10-18 from the floor, tallying game highs of we points and 20 rebounds. Donovan Johnson also notched a double-double, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ken-Jah Bosley added 14 points, followed by 11 from Patrick Neel.

For the game, OCU shot 22-56 (39.3%) from the field, including 10-21 (47.6%) from three point range, while making 11-14 (78.6%) from the foul line. The Panthers connected on 35-74 (47.3%) of the shot attempts, making 5-19 (26.3%) from long range, while scoring on 26-30 (86.7%) from the free throw line.

The Oaks were outrebounded 53-26 in the game, including a deficit of 21-5 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 14 assists to go with 16 turnovers, while KWC had 25 helpers and turned the ball over just four times.

January 18, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Power Past Rams of Ohio Mid-Western College on Hall of Fame Day

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Rams of Ohio MId-Western College on Saturday, January 18, turning a 57-24 halftime lead into a 99-60 victory, their 13th of the year.

Ryan Helfert led all scorers in the game, shooting 9-17 from the field, while making 9-13 from the foul line, to notch 27 points in the win. Brandon Morton added 17 points, while Lawrence Kinney, returning to action following an injury, chipped in with 13. Matt Lucas and Kendall Wittmer each tallied 10 points as well. Helfert grabbed a team high nine rebounds, while picking up five steals, and handed out six assists, two fewer than Lucas, who had a game best eight helpers.

The Rams were led in scoring by Robbie Smythe, who shot 7-16 from the floor, totaling 16 points. Jaihlen Teague chipped with with 14, while Michael Thompson and Josh Chancellor each had 10. Smythe also led the team in rebounding, pulling down seven missed shots.

For the game, OCU shot 34-66 (51.5%) from the field, including 8-17 (47.1%) from three point range, while making 23-28 (82.1%) from the foul line. Ohio Mid-Western managed to score on 25-69 (36.2%) of their field goal tries, connecting on 7-29 (24.1%) from beyond the arc, and making 3-5 (60.0%) of their free throws.

The Oaks held a commanding 54-28 rebounding advantage, including a 14-6 edge on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 22 assists while turning the ball over ten times, compared to 17 assists and ten errors for the visitors.

Following the game, Kenneth "Tot" Nelson, an OCU graduate in 1948 and former Mighty Oaks basketball player, and Amy (Belden) Meyer, who graduated in 2003 and was a softball standout, were inducted into the Oakland City University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame. Nelson and Meyer were introduced at halftime of the men's game.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a trip to Owensboro, Kentucky, to take on Kentucky Wesleyan College, on Wednesday, January 22. Tip of is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

January 15, 2014 - Matt Lucas and Brandon Morton Lift Mighty Oaks Over Bluefield State College

Following their second home loss of the season, the Mighty Oaks hosted the Blues of Bluefield State College. After trailing 41-32 at halftime, the Oaks were able to outscore the Blues 41-28 in the second half to take a 73-69 win.

Matt Lucas and Brandon Morton each posted double-doubles in the game, scoring 20 points and hauling down 11 rebounds apiece. Ryan Helfert chipped in with 15 points, including two free throws after picking up a steal to seal the game with just over nine seconds remaining. Kendall Wittmer added 12 points in the win. Trevor Smith handed out a game high eight assists while scoring six points.

The Blues were led in scoring by Shakir Dunning, who shot 6-19 from the field, including 3-9 from three point range, to score a game high 23 points. Treon Claiborne added 12 points while pulling down nine missed shots. Samuel Ouedraogo grabbed a game high 13 rebounds for the visitors, while scoring four points.

For the game, OCU shot a season low 25-65 (38.5%) from the field, including 6-16 (37.5%) from beyond the three point line, while scoring on 17-20 (85.0%) from the free throw line. The Blues made 23-56 (4118%) from the floor, including 7-23 (30.4%) from three point range, while making 16-20 (80.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Mighty Oaks held a narrow 39-37 rebounding advantage, thanks to a 17-12 advantage on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 17 assists while turning the ball over eight times, compared to nine assists and 14 turnovers for the Blues.

The Oaks next play host to the Rams of Ohio Mid-Western College on Saturday, January 18, in the Johnson Center. Game time is scheduled to tip off at 3:00 pm CST.

Kenneth "Tot" Nelson, class of 1948, and Amy (Belden) Meyer, class of 2003, will be inducted into the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet following the game.

January 12, 2014 - Kendall Wittmer Joins 1,000 Point Club, Oaks Lose to Purdue North Central on Buzzer Beater

Kendall Wittmer, a senior from Odon, Indiana, became the 32nd member of the OCU men's basketball 1,000 point club, reaching the career mark on a foul shot with just under six seconds remaining in the game. However, after leading 29-26 at the half, OCU increased the lead to as many as 15 points in the second half, but Ty Kowalkowski's three point shot found the bottom of the net as the final horn sounded, giving the visiting Panthers a 73-72 victory.

Brandon Morton led the Oaks with a double-double, tallying 19 points and hauling in 12 rebounds. Matt Lucas added 18 points, while Kendall Wittmer chipped in with 14. Jordan Simmons also reached double figures, adding 11 counters off the bench. Wittmer handed out a team high five assists, while Morton blocked three shots.

Ty Kowalkowski shot 7-15 from the field, including 6-12 from three point range, including the game-winning shot, to tally a game high 21 points. Shereff Knight chipped in with 15 points, followed by Nick Lafty's 12. Myles Merchand added 10 counters, while leading the team in rebounds, with eight. Knight had a game high six assists in the game as well.

For the game, OCU shot 24-58 (41.4%) from the field, including 7-21 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, while shooting 17-32 (53.1%) from the free throw line. PNC connected on 24-54 (44.4%) from the floor, knocking down 12-26 (46.2%) from long range, while scoring on 13-23 (56.5%) of their foul shots.

OCU held a 41-36 advantage in rebounding, including a 14-9 edge on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 20 assists while turning the ball over 11 times, compared to 13 assists and 18 turnovers for the visitors.

The loss ends a six game win streak for the Oaks as they head into a Wednesday night matchup against Bluefield State College, in the Johnson Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm CST.

January 9, 2014 - Helfert and Kinney Have Career Nights, Boosting Mighty Oaks Over Morthland College Patriots

Oakland City University hosted the Patriots of Morthland College on Thursday, January 9, in a battle featuring two head coaches with nearly 1,600 coaching victories between them. After trailing 41-40 at the half, OCU managed to pull away down the stretch to take a 92-70 victory.

The Mighty Oaks, under the direction of Head Coach Dr. Mike Sandifar, who earned his 666th victory as a head coach in the game, were led by Ryan Helfert, who notched career highs in both scoring and rebound, posting game highs of 30 points and 16 rebounds. Lawrence Kinney also posted a career high, scoring 20 points, shooting 8-14 from the floor, including 4-8 from beyond the arc. Kendall Wittmer added 12 points, followed by 10 each from Brandon Morton and Trevor Smith. Smith also hauled in 12 missed shots in the game, while Helfert and Wittmer each had seven assists.

The Morthland College Patriots, coached by Rich Herrin, who has been at the helm of 909 wins in his hall of fame career, were led in scoring by Drew Bonner, who shot 8-16 from the floor, including 7-12 from three point range, to notch 25 points. Roby Boatright added 16 counters, while Yavario Smith chipped in with 12. Will Carmickle posted a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Smith also led the Patriots in assists, with nine, blocked shots, with four, and steals, with two.

For the game, the Oaks shot 38-76 (50.0%) from the field, including 11-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc, while making 5-10 (50.0%) from the free throw line. The Patriots were 25-67 (37.3%) from the floor, knocking down 13-33 (39.4%) of their three point attempts, while scoring on 7-11 (63.6%) from the foul line.

The Oaks outrebounded the Patriots 50-34, including a 17-12 edge on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 30 assists while turning the ball over just eight times, compared to 13 assists and 12 turnovers for the visitors.

The win, their sixth straight, gives the Oaks a record of 11-3, heading into a matchup against Purdue-North Central on Sunday, January 12, in the Johnson Center. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

January 7, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Win Fifth Straight, Defeating Cougars of OU-Lancaster 82-65

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Cougars of Ohio University-Lancaster on Tuesday, January 7, in the Johnson Center, seeking their fifth straight victory on the season, and their tenth overall. After leading 39-26 at the half, OCU was able to hold off the OU-L comeback, winning 82-65.

Ryan Helfert again led the way for the Oaks, scoring 25 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Lawrence Kinney scored a season high 17 points in the win, followed by Kendall Wittmer's 15 counters in his second start of the season. Trevor Smith chipped in with 12 points, falling one assist shy of a double-double with a game high of nine. Brandon Morton was ineffective scoring, posting a season low of four points, but managed to join Helfert for the team lead in rebounds with eight.

Korey Arledge shot 9-18 from the field, including 2-4 from beyond the arc, scoring 23 points to lead the visiting Cougars. Pat Blevins chipped in with 14 counters, followed by 11 from Zach Bobo. Alton Frizzell played most of the game with foul trouble, but managed to haul in a game high 12 missed shots to go with six points, while Austin Cox handed out a team best six assists.

The Mighty Oaks shot 34-64 (53.1%) from the field in the game, including 5-12 (41.7%) from beyond the three point line, while scoring on 9-13 (69.2%) from the foul line. The Cougars made 25-63 (39.7%) of their shots, including 9-22 (40.9%) from long range, making 6-9 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

OCU held a 40-34 rebounding edge, despite trailing 12-11 on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 25 assists while turning the ball over 14 times, compared to 11 assists and 19 turnovers for the visiting Cougars.

Next up for the Oaks is a matchup against the Patriots of Morthland College on Thursday, January 9, in the Johnson Center. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 pm CST.

January 5, 2014 - Helfert and Morton Tally Double-Doubles, Smith Perfect from the Field, as Mighty Oaks Overpower Mavericks

Oakland City University's men's basketball team hosted the Mavericks of Ohio State University-Mansfield on Sunday, January 5, turning a 36-26 halftime advantage into an 86-62 victory, their first win in 2014.

Ryan Helfert led the game in scoring, notching 23 points, rebounding, with 14, and blocked shots, with four, while Trevor Smith shot a perfect 10-10 from the field, scoring 20 points. It was the fifth time in school history a Mighty Oaks player has made all of their shots while making at least 10 field goals. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score 14 points, while Brandon Morton added 10 points and 12 rebounds while blocking three shots.

Quan Thompson led the Mavericks in scoring, shooting 6-14 from the field, including 2-8 from three point range, to total 16 points. Chris Simmons chipped in with 12, thanks to a perfect 6-6 shooting from the free throw line, followed by Jabree Lindsey, who scored 11 points while hauling in a team best seven rebounds.

For the game, OCU shot 37-73 (50.7%) from the field, despite missing their first 13 three point attempts before Matt Lucas connected on the team's final attempt of the game, giving the Oaks a 1-14 (7.1%) night from long range. OSU-Mansfield shot 21-60 (35.0%) from the floor, including 8-27 (29.6%) from three point range. The Oaks were 11-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line, while the Mavericks shot 12-15 (80.0%).

The Oaks outrebounded the Mavericks 49-29, including a 15-7 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 27 assists while turning the ball over just nine times, compared to nine assists and 13 turnovers for the visitors.

OCU outscored OSU-Mansfield 58-18 in the paint, while leading 21-2 in points off turnovers, and 24-10 in bench points.

Next up for the Oaks is a matchup against Ohio University-Lancaster on Tuesday, January 7, in the Johnson Center. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.

January 3, 2014 - Mighty Oaks Drop Exhibition Game at Ball State University

The OCU men's basketball team traveled to Muncie, Indiana, for an exhibition contest against the NCAA DI Ball State University Cardinals on Friday, January 3. After trailing 42-28 at the half, the Mighty Oaks cut the lead to nine at 51-42 with 14 minutes in the game, but were unable to sustain the comeback, losing by the final score of 94-58.

Lawrence Kinney led the Oaks in scoring, knocking down 5-11 from the field, including 2-2 from three point range, to score 13 points. Byron Dulin came off the bench to tally 12 points, while Kendall Wittmer added 11. Matt Lucas scored seven while grabbing a team best six rebounds, while Kinney led the team in assists, handing out five.

The Cardinals were led by Majok Majok, who shot 7-10 from the field and 11-12 from the foul line to post a game high 25 points, while pulling down a game high in rebounds, with 18. Chris Bond added 16 points, followed by 13 from Mark Alstork. Zavier Turner added 12, and Jesse Berry came off the bench to score 10 points in the win.

For the game, OCU shot 17-52 (32.7%) from the field, despite knocking down a solid 7-13 (53.8%) of their three point shots, as well as 17-19 (89.5%) from the free throw line. BSU scored on 30-69 (43.5%) of their field goals, including 10-29 (34.5%) from long range, while connecting on 24-28 (85.7%) from the foul line.

Next up for the Oaks is a matchup against the Mavericks of Ohio State University-Mansfield on Sunday, January 5, tipping off at 3:00 pm in the Johnson Center.

December 19, 2013 - Morton and Dulin Each Notch Double-Doubles in Win at Heritage Baptist College

The Mighty Oaks traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take on the Eagles of Heritage Baptist College for the second time this season. Their first meeting ended with the Oaks on top 103-67. Their second matchup finished with OCU on top 102-54, improving OCU’s record to 8-3.

Trevor Smith led all scorers in the game, pacing six Oaks in double figures with 20 points. Kendall Wittmer made his first start of the year, scoring 14 points, while Ryan Helfert added 13 and led the game with five steals. Byron Dulin came off the bench to compile his first career double-double, reaching career highs in both scoring and rebounding, with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Morton also reached double figures in both categories, posting his second consecutive double-double on the year, putting up 13 points and hauling in 15 rebounds. Matt Lucas was the other OCU player to score in double figures, posting 12 points off the bench, while handing out a game high six assists.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Chris Massie and Darryl Peterson, who each managed to score 12 counters. Peterson also led the team in rebounds, pulling down 10 missed shots in the loss. Mike Pierson added nine points, despite playing just 16 minutes because of foul trouble.

For the game, OCU shot 39-78 (50.0%) from the field, including 4-20 (20.0%) from three point range, while connecting on 20-31 (64.5%) from the foul line. HBC managed to shoot 14-63 (22.2%) from the floor, knocking down 5-31 (16.1%) from beyond the arc, and scored on 21-28 (75.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 58-38 advantage in rebounding, including outrebounding the Eagles 22-16 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 28 assists in the game while turning the ball over nine times, compared to seven assists and 18 turnovers for the host Heritage Baptist. The Mighty Oaks also had six blocks and ten steals in the game, while the Eagles managed just two blocked shots and three steals.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a trip to Muncie, Indiana, to take on Ball State University in an exhibition contest on Friday, January 3. Tip time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

December 17, 2013 - Matt Lucas Scores Career High as Mighty Oaks Defeat KSU-Tuscarawas

The Mighty Oaks fought their way to a 45-32 advantage at halftime as they hosted the Golden Eagles of Kent State University-Tuscarawas, led by Kendall Wittmer and Lawrence Kinney, who scored a combined 25 points. After holding off multiple comeback rallies, OCU managed to finish out the win 97-78.

Matt Lucas led all scorers in the game, notching a career high 26 points, all coming in the second half, on 8-12 shooting from three point range. Kendall Wittmer finished the game with 22 points off the bench, while Lawrence Kinney chipped in with 16. Ryan Helfert managed 14 counters, while Brandon Morton recorded his first double-double of the year, posting 12 points and 11 rebounds. Trevor Smith turned in a solid performance as well, putting in seven points, to go with eight rebounds and a career best 11 assists.

The Golden Eagles had four players reach double digits, led by Phil Forte, who posted 25 points on 8-22 shooting. Joe Muntean and Christian Oliver each had double-doubles in the loss, with Muntean scoring 17 points, two better than Oliver, to go with an even 10 rebounds each. Nick Miller added 11 points while grabbing eight missed shots, handing out six assists, and picking up six steals.

For the game, OCU shot 30-69 (43.5%) from the field, including a season best 15-25 (60.0%) from beyond the three point line, while scoring on 22-28 (78.6%) from the free throw line. The Eagles made 29-80 (36.3%) of their shots, knocking down 10-32 (31.3%) from beyond the arc, and connecting on 10-13 (76.9%) from the charity stripe.

The Mighty Oaks held a 52-43 advantage in rebounding, despite trailing 20-19 on the offensive glass. OCU had 26 assists in the game while turning the ball over a season high 21 times, compared to 12 assists and 18 turnovers for the visiting Golden Eagles.

Next up for the OCU men's team is a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take of the Eagles of Heritage Baptist College, a team they defeated 103-67 on November 19. Game time is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 19.

December 12, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Hold on to Defeat Lions of Indiana Dabney University

After taking a 43-27 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Mighty Oaks were outscored 60-51 in the second frame to hold on to win 94-87 against the Lions of Indiana Dabney University.

Ryan Helfert scored a season high 30 points, shooting 11-17 from the field and 8-10 from the foul line, leading six Mighty Oaks in double figures. Trevor Smith and Kendall Wittmer each added 13 points, while Matt Lucas chipped in with 12. Lawrence Kinney and Jordan Simmons each posted 10 points in the win. Helfert also led the Oaks in rebounding, pulling down nine missed shots, as well as blocking a game high four shots, while Kinney handed out a game high six assists.

The Lions were led by Anthony Harris, who notched a double-double, scoring 22 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. William Holloway also reached double figures in both categories, tallying 19 points and hauling in a game best 14 boards. Kyle Holmes added 21 points, while Leanard Brinson chipped in with 13 counters in the loss.

For the game, OCU was outrebounded 52-43, including a deficit of 25-13 on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 26 assists while turning the ball over 13 times, compared to 15 assists and 12 turnovers for the visiting Lions.

The Oaks shot 34-70 (48.6%) from the floor, including 6-17 (35.3%) from three point range, and scoring on 20-26 (76.9%) from the foul line. The Lions went 32-18 (39.5%) from the field, including 6-18 (33.3%) from long range, while knocking down 17-31 (54.8%) from the charity stripe.

The win improves OCU's record to 6-3 on the year, heading into a matchup against the Eagles of Heritage Baptist College, a team the Oaks already defeated this year 103-67 on November 19, 2013. They will face the Eagles again on Saturday, December 14, at 1:00 pm CST, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

December 4, 2013 - Home Win Streak Ends at 29 as Mighty Oaks Lose to Greyhounds

The OCU men's basketball team had not lost a home game since falling 96-78 to the University of Alabama-Huntsville on February 20, 2012, a stretch of 29 straight home wins, spanning 654 days. That streak was ended, as the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds defeated the Oaks 86-72.

After taking an early 3-1 lead on a three pointer by Matt Lucas, the Oaks gave up the next nine points to fall behind 10-3 with 16 minutes to play in the first half. Indianapolis continued to increase their margin throughout the remainder of the first half, earning a 20 advantage heading into the locker room at the half, with the score reading 51-31.

After cutting the lead to 16 on a Ryan Helfert tip-in, at 55-39, with 16:39 on the clock, the Greyhounds opened up their largest margin of the game, pushing the score to 62-39 in favor of the visitors. The Oaks were able to draw within 14 points, at 83-69, on a Brandon Morton layup with two minutes to go, but ran out of time, losing by the score of 86-72.

The Mighty Oaks were led in scoring by Kendall Wittmer, who came off the bench to notch 18 points on 4-10 shooting from the field, including 1-4 from three point range, while knocking down 9-10 from the foul line. Lawrence Kinney, who battled foul trouble most of the first half, finished with 16 points, shooting 6-9 from the floor, including 3-5 from long range. Billy Newton also reached double figures, shooting 5-6 from the field to notch 11 points. Ryan Helfert struggled shooting the ball, but managed to pull down a team best seven rebounds as well as handing out a game high seven assists.

The Greyhounds were paced by Reece Cheatham, who tallied 33 points on the night, including 25 in the first frame, shooting 10-16 from the floor, including 7-11 from beyond the arc and 6-7 from the foul line. Leland Brown added 14, while Jared Grady came off the bench to notch 11. Joe Lawson also reached double figures, adding 10 points in the win. Brennan McElroy grabbed a game high 10 rebounds, while Brown handed out six assists.

For the game, OCU shot 25-57 (43.9%) from the floor, including 6-15 (40.0%) from three point range, while scoring on 16-21 (76.2%) from the free throw line. Indianapolis went 28-58 (48.3%) from the field, making 11-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc, and scored on 19-27 (70.4%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks trailed 35-31 on the glass, including a deficit of 15-14 on the offensive boards. OCU handed out 13 assists and turned the ball over ten times, while UI had 17 assists and nine turnovers.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a matchup against Ohio University-Lancaster, scheduled to start at 3:00 pm in the Johnson Center on Saturday, December 7.

December 1, 2013 - Brandon Morton Sets Career Shot Block Record in Win Over Barons

The Mighty Oaks took on the Barons of Ohio State University-Lima for the second straight day on Sunday, December 1, turning a 45-19 halftime lead into an 80-63 win, their 29th consecutive home victory.

Trevor Smith led four Oaks in double figures, scoring 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field, and 4-6 from the foul line. Matt Lucas added 15 points, going 5-7 from the floor and 4-4 from the line, while Lawrence Kinney chipped in with 14 counters. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to post 12 points. Brandon Morton notched nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked two shots in the game, while Billy Newton had a game high eight rebounds.

Morton's two blocks brought his career total to 140, surpassing the record of 138 career blocks, set by OCU Hall of Fame member Stuart Love, who played from 1994-98.

The Barons were led in scoring by Craig Manger, who scored 24 points, all in the second half, on 8-16 shooting, including 8-15 from three point range. Joining him in double figures was Larry Fuqua III, who tallied 14 points, followed by Thomas Nolte, who came off the bench to add 13 counters. Trey Schroeder also reached double figures, scoring 10, while pulling down a game high eight rebounds.

For the game, the Oaks shot 30-57 (52.6%) from the field, including 5-14 (35.7%) from beyond the three point line, and made 15-18 (83.3%) from the free throw line. The Barons connected on 22-58 (37.9%) from the field, making 15-29 (51.7%) of their three point attempts, while scoring on all four of the foul shots.

The Oaks held a 39-25 advantage on the glass, including a 9-6 lead in offensive rebounds. OCU handed out 23 assists while committing nine turnovers, compared to 15 assists and 12 turnovers for OSU-L.

OCU will seek their 30th straight home victory on Wednesday, December 4, when they host the Greyhounds of the University of Indianapolis. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm CST.

November 30, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Improve to 4-2 with Victory Over Barons of OSU-Lima

The OCU men's basketball team hosted the Barons of Ohio State University-Lima in the Johnson Center on Saturday, pulling away in the first half to win 72-45.

Lawrence Kinney led the Oaks in scoring, shooting 5-9 from the field, including a perfect 5-5 from three point range. Jordan Simmons came off the bench to add 13 points to the OCU total, shooting 4-12 from the floor, including 2-5 from long range. Trevor Smith and Matt Lucas each had eight rebounds to lead the team, while Brandon Morton blocked five shots in the game.

Only Paul Decker (vs. OSU-Newark, 12-10-93) and Jon Bruner (vs. Concordia, 2-24-90), who each shot 6-6, had better nights from beyond the arc in school history than Kinney's total, while Morton's five blocks brings his career total to 138, matching the career record, held by Stuart Love, who played for the Oaks from 1994-98.

The Barons were led in scoring by Larry Fuqua III, who shot 8-17 from the field, knocking down 4-9 from long range, to post a game high 22 points. Derek Reece also reached double figures in the game, connecting on 5-12 shots, to score 13 counters. Mason Cajka failed to score in the contest, but managed to pull down a game high 11 rebounds.

For the game, OCU shot 29-75 (38.7%) from the field, including 7-13 (53.8%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 7-10 (70.0%) from the charity stripe. The Barons went 18-58 (31.0%) from the floor, managing to score on 4-18 (22.2%) from three point range, while shooting 5-6 (83.3%) from the foul line.

The Oaks held a 48-39 advantage on the glass, including a 17-9 lead on the offensive boards. OCU handed out 20 assists in the game, while committing just eight turnover, compared to 11 assists and 17 turnovers by OSU-L.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a rematch against the Barons, as OCU looks to improve on their school record 28 straight home victories, in the Johnson Center, on Sunday, December 1, tipping off at 2:00 pm CST.

November 19, 2013 - Strong First Half Boosts OCU Men's Basketball to Season's First Road Win

The Oakland City University men's basketball team traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday, to face the Eagles of Heritage Baptist College. After taking a 60-27 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Oaks battled to a 103-67 victory, their first win on the road this season.

The Oaks made their first 11 field goal attempts, jumping out to an early 25-5 lead with twelve minutes remaining in the first period. They finished the half having made 23-37 (62.2%) of their field goal tries, compared to just 8-31 (25.8%) for the Eagles, who played nearly even with OCU in the second half, but were not able to recover from their early deficit.

Leading the way for the Oaks in scoring was Ryan Helfert, who shot 9-13 from the field to score 20 points. Trevor Smith made 8-10 from the floor, adding 16 points, followed by 14 from Kendall Wittmer, who shot 5-6, and 10 from Oscar Falodun. Falodun and Helfert each pulled down a game high eight rebounds, while Lawrence Kinney handed out nine assists.

The Eagles were led by Justin Surface, who came off the bench to score 20 points, on 6-7 shooting, including 4-5 from beyond the three point line, and grabbed eight rebounds. Darryl Peterson chipped in with 17 points, shooting 7-11 from the floor, including 3-3 from long range. Bryan Sutton added 14 points, shooting 5-17, including 4-12 from beyond the arc.

The Oaks shot 42-73 (57.5%) from the field in the game, including 5-17 (29.4%) from three point range, and made 14-22 (63.6%) from the free throw line. The Eagles managed to score on 23-68 (33.8%) shot attempts, knocking down 14-38 (36.8%) from long range, and 7-13 (53.8%) from the charity stripe.

OCU outrebounded HBC 54-34, including an advantage of 15-12 on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 31 assists while turning the ball over 13 times, while the Eagles managed 12 assists and 17 turnovers.

Next up for the Oaks is a trip to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where they will take on Ohio Valley University. Game time is slated for Saturday, November 23, at 3:00 pm CDT.

November 16, 2013 - OCU Men's Basketball Rolls Against Boyce College Bulldogs

The Mighty Oaks defeated the Bulldogs of Boyce College 95-59 on Saturday, November 16, in the Johnson Center, extending their school record home win streak to 26 games.

After leading 44-23 at halftime, the Oaks shot a torrid 21-40 (52.5%) in the second half, pushing their final score victory to 36 points. The Oaks improved to 2-1 on the year, while Boyce College fell to 1-7.

Matt Lucas led all scorers in the game, shooting 5-9 from the field, including 3-6 from three point range, to score 13 points. Byron Dulin came off the bench to tally 12 points on 6-8 shooting, while Ryan Helfert and Lawrence Kinney each added 10. Trevor Smith grabbed a game high eight rebounds while posting nine points, while Brandon Morton and Dulin each had three blocked shots. Kinney led the Oaks in assists, handing out seven, while Helfert paced the team with four steals.

Boyce College was led in scoring by Trevor Mason, who shot 4-8 from the field, including 2-3 from long range, to post 11 points. Joining him in double digits was BJ Wright, who shot 3-6 from the floor, including 2-2 from three point range, to tally 10 points. Austin Murphree led the Bulldogs in rebounding, pulling down eight missed shots, while joining Mason with a team best three assists and picking up two steals.

For the game, OCU shot 37-77 (48.1%) from the field, including 6-21 (28.6%) from beyond the three point arc, and 15-19 (78.9%) from the foul line. The Bulldogs shot 20-57 (35.1%) from the floor, knocking down 6-19 (31.6%) from long range, and scoring on 13-24 (54.2%) from the foul line.

Next up for the Oaks is a trip to Heritage Baptist College on Tuesday, November 19. Game time is slated for 6:00 pm.

November 11, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Basketball Falls Short in Exhibition Game Against NCAA DI Lipscomb

The Oakland City University men's basketball team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday, November 11, to face the Bison of Lipscomb University, their third game in four days. After trailing by 20 points at halftime, the Oaks managed to rally, but fell short, losing 88-78.

The Mighty Oaks were led in scoring by Kendall Wittmer, who shot 6-16 from the floor, including 4-9 from three point range, and 5-6 from the foul line, to notch 21 points. Trevor Smith score 20 points on an efficient 7-8 shooting, including 1-1 from beyond the arc, and 5-6 from the charity stripe. Lawrence Kinney also reached double figures in scoring, putting home 12 points to go along with his game high five assists.

Brandon Morton led the Oaks in rebound, pulling down eight missed shots, while joining Smith with a game high two steals. Ryan Helfert had a game high three blocked shots.

The Bison had four players score in double figures, led by 19 each from Martin Smith and Carter Sanderson. Malcolm Smith added 14, while Talbott Denny chipped in with 13 points. Malcolm Smith also pulled down a game high 10 rebounds to record a double-double.

For the game, Oakland City shot 28-62 (45.2%) from the field, including 9-22 (40-9%) from beyond the arc, and poured home 13-16 (81.3%) from the free throw line. The Bison connected on 30-65 (46.2%) from the floor, shooting 9-28 (32.1%) from long range, and shot 19-26 (73.1%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks were outrebounded in the game 48-30, including a deficit of 19-8 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 15 assists, compared to 19 by LU, while turning the ball over just 10 times, three better than their opponents. The Oaks blocked six shots, doubling the total of the host Bison, and stole the ball six times, once more than the five picked up by Lipscomb.

The Mighty Oaks carry their record of 1-1 into their next matchup, when they face Boyce College, looking to build on a 26 game home-winning streak in the Johnson Center. Tip off time is set for 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 16.

November 9, 2013 - OCU Men's Basketball Wins 26th Straight Home Game, Beating Central Christian College

The Oaks picked up where they left off, as they played their first home contest of the season less than 24 hours after playing on the road. The Johnson Center proved friendly again, as the Oaks knocked off the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible 80-51.

After opening up an 18-5 advantage early in the first half, the Oaks managed to take 38-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Saints cut the lead to five point at 43-38 with just under 17 minutes left in the game, but the Oaks responded by scoring the game's next 25 points to open up a 30 point advantage at 68-38 with just under six minutes remaining, and cruised to a final score of 80-51.

It was the 26th straight victory for the Oaks in the Johnson Center, having gone a perfect 21-0 at home last season. Their last home loss occurred on February 20, 2012, when they fell to the Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville 96-78.

Leading the way for the Mighty Oaks in scoring was Kendall Wittmer, who posted 15 points, shooting 5-10 from the field, including 3-8 from long range, and 2-3 from the foul line. Matt Lucas added 14 points, connecting on 5-9 shot attempts, including 3-5 from three point range. Lawrence Kinney also scored in double figures, adding 11 points to the OCU side of the ledger.

Brandon Morton pulled down a team-best eight rebounds to go along with nine points, while Byron Dulin added six points and seven boards. Ryan Helfert, making his first start as a Mighty Oaks, scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out a game high six assists. Morton also blocked two shots, leaving him eight blocks away from tying the all-time careers shot blocking record in OCU history.

The Saints were led in scoring by Brett Ruch, who scored 14 points on 6-11 shooting, including 2-4 from three point range. Adam Rabke and Victor Dean each added ten points, while Dean pulled down a game high 17 rebounds and handed out three assists.

For the game, OCU shot 31-61 (50.8%) from the field, including 12-25 (48.0%) from beyond the arc, and shot 6-14 (42.9%) from the foul line. The Saints made 18-57 (31.6%) of their shots, knocking down 8-25 (32.0%) from long range, and scored on 7-9 (77.8%) from the charity stripe.

Next up for the Oaks is a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to face Lipscomb University in an exhibition contest. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Monday, November 11.

November 8, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Kick Off Year at Austin Peay State University; Lose 84-69

Following a record setting season, in which the Mighty Oaks men's basketball team compiled a record of 24-4 , capped off by winning the Christian College National Invitational Tournament for the second consecutive year, the OCU men's basketball team returned to action tonight, visiting the Governors of Austin Peay State University.

After falling behind 14-5 in the first half, the Oaks clawed their way back into the game, earning a tie at 24-24 with eight minutes to play in the opening period. Kendall Wittmer, a senior from Odon, Indiana, connected on a three-point basket at the 6:04 mark and gave the Oaks their first lead of the game at 28-25. Jordan Simmons, a junior from Princeton, Indiana, scored a three pointer which earned OCU a five point advantage at 34-29 with just over five minutes to play before halftime. However, APSU managed a 40-38 advantage at the end of the period one.

Matt Lucas, a freshman from Seymour, Indiana, opened the second half with a trey to put the Oaks ahead 41-40, but it was the last lead OCU would see in the game, as the Governors went ahead 55-45 with thirteen minutes left on the clock. The Oaks kept the lead under ten points for the next ten minutes, cutting to to as few as three, but were unable to get over the hump and APSU scored ten of the game's last twelve points to pull away to a 15 point victory, at 84-69.

The leading scorer in the game was Kendall Wittmer, who came off the bench to score 20 points on 7-13 shooting, including 4-7 from three point range. Lawrence Kinney, a junior from Champaign, Illinois, and Ryan Helfert, aa junior from Boonville, Indiana, each added 12 points. Wittmer also led the Oaks in rebounding, hauling in five missed shots, while Kinney handed out a game-high six assists.

For the game, OCU shot 25-61 (41.0%) from the field, making 10-23 (43.5%) from beyond the arc, and scored on 9-17 (52.9%) from the foul line. The Governors shot 29-55 (52.7%) from the floor, including 6-18 (33.3%) from long range, and made 20-36 (55.6%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks will look to improve on a 25 straight home win streak on Saturday, November 9, when the host the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible (0-2) in the Johnson Center. Game time is slated for 3:00 pm CDT.

March 16, 2013 -CCNIT Championship Goes to Mighty Oaks for Second Year in a Row; Stahl Named Tournament MVP

The 2013 Christian College National Invitational Tournament championship game proved no easy road for the Oaks, as they looked to defend their tournament title against the Dragons of Virginia University-Lynchburg. After taking a hard-earned 44-32 lead into the halftime locker room, the Oaks outlasted the Dragons to take a 90-72 victory.

Cameron LeFear led all scorers, shooting 11-20 from the field, including 6-11 from three point range, to wrack up a career high 31 points. Mitch Stahl, making his final appearance in OCU blue and white, finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 6-13 from the field and a perfect 9-9 from the foul line. Kendall Wittmer was the only other OCU player to record double figures in scoring, notching 20 counters on 5-9 shooting, all from three point range, and 5-6 from the free throw line.

Christopher Calvan notched a team high for the Dragons, scoring 22 points on 8-11 shooting from the field, and 6-9 from the foul line. Lakuan McPhaul added 17 points, while Dennis Gravely chipped in with 14. Jan Zornjan added 10 points while pulling down a team high seven rebounds.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot 29-57 50.9%) from the field, including 14-26 (53.8%) from beyond the three point line, while scoring on 18-20 (90.0%) from the foul line. The Dragons managed 25-55 (45.5%) shooting, including 4-13 (30.8%) from long range, while shooting 18-28 (64.3%) from the charity stripe.

The Mighty Oaks led a 38-28 advantage in rebounding, including a lead on 11-9 on the offensive boards. OCU handed out 22 assists while turning the ball over 12 times, while VU-L had 11 assists and 10 errors on the game.

Their win caps off the best year in school history, setting a new school record for wins in a single season, with a record of 24-4. They completed the first undefeated campaign at home in school history, going 21-0 in the friendly confines of the Johnson Center.

Mitch Stahl was named the CCNIT Player of the Tournament as well as earning Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Joining him on the all-tournament team were teammates Brandon Morton and Cameron LeFear. The remaining all-tournament team was:
Lakuan McPhaul, Virginia University-Lynchburg
Christopher Calvan, Virginia University-Lynchburg
Yves Saintelo, Valor Christian College
Andrew Douby, Valor Christian College
Alex McGuire, Heritage Baptist College
Tyler Johnson, Heritage Baptist College
Skylor Blackler, Crowley's Ridge College
Javan Linson, Indiana Dabney University
Tyrell Hursey, Victory University

March 15, 2013 - OCU Men's Basketball Sets School Record with 23rd Win, Defeating Crowley's Ridge College to Move On To CCNIT Championship

The Oakland City University men's basketball team won their 23rd game of the year, setting a new school record, in their 67-58 hard-fought win over Crowley's Ridge College. The Oaks were behind 26-18 at halftime, but were able to outlast the scrappy Pioneers in the second half, pulling away with 49 points in the period against CRC's 32.

Mitch Stahl moved into 10th place by himself on the OCU all time scoring list, reaching a total of 1,376 with his 28 point effort, passing Keegan Carmony (2008), who scored 1,364, while trailing Ed Raber (1954), who sits in ninth place with 1,416.

The only other OCU player to reach double digits in scoring was Cameron LeFear, who tallied 14 points off the bench. Trevor Smith had eight points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Morton managed seven points, while pulling down a game high 13 rebounds, and picking up five blocked shots and four steals. Smith and LeFear each handed out four assists.

Crowley's Ridge College was led by Skylor Blacklor, who shot 11-15 from the field to score 26 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots. Tim Shepard notched 10 points, while Daniel Stevens added seven.

For the game, OCU shot 21-56 (37.5%) from the field, including 1-10 (10.0%) from beyond the three point line, while scoring on 24-29 (82.8%) from the free throw line. The Poineers shot 22-49 (44.9%) from the floor, making 3-9 (33.3%) from long range, and connected on 11-22 (50.0%) of their foul shots.

OCU held a 35-33 advantage in rebounding, including an 11-9 lead on the offensive glass. THe Oaks handed out 15 assists while turning the ball over nine times, compared to 12 assists and 17 turnovers for CRC.

Next up for the Oaks is a meeting against the Dragons of Virginia University-Lynchburg, with the 2013 Christian College National Invitational Tournament title on the line. Game time is slated for an 8:00 pm tipoff.

March 14, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Knock Off Indiana Dabney to Open CCNIT, Next Up Crowley's Ridge

The Mighty Oaks advanced to the semi-finals of the 2013 Christian College National Invitational Tournament, knocking off the Lions of Indiana Dabney University 89-61. Crowley's Ridge College, from Paragould, Arkansas, defeated Knoxville College 79-69, and will face OCU at 7:00 for a spot in the finals.

Four Mighty Oaks reached double figures in scoring, led by Mitch Stahl, who shot 8-13 from the field and 4-5 from the foul line, to post 20 points. Brandon Morton chipped in with 16 points, while Kendall Wittmer added 14. Cameron LeFear came off the bench to add 11 points to the OCU side of the ledger. Morton led the team in rebounding with nine, while Jordan Marshall, making his first collegiate start, handed out a game high six assists. Morton also had four blocked shots, while Nick Powers picked up four steals.

Indiana Dabney was led in scoring by Javan Linson, who tallied 17 points. Robert Joyner added 11 points, while David McGee added 10 points. Linson and Leonard Brinson each pulled down nine rebounds to lead the team. Linson also had four assists, while Sammie Gage picked up four steals.

For the game, OCU shot 32-67 (47.8%) from the field, including 3-14 (21.4%) from beyond the three point line, while knocking down 22-29 (75.9%) from the free throw line. IDU connected on 20-75 (26.7%) from the floor, making 3-25 (12.0%) from long range, and scored on 18-28 (64.3%) from the charity stripe.

The Mighty Oaks held a 51-49 advantage in rebounding, despite being outrebounded 22-11 on offense. OCU handed out 22 assists while committing 19 turnovers, compared to nine assists and 21 turnovers for the Lions.

Next up for the Oaks is a semi-final matchup against the Pioneers of Crowley's Ridge College on Friday, March 15, at 7:00 pm.

February 23, 2013 - Homecoming Win Gives Mighty Oaks First Perfect Regular Season Home Record in School History

The Oakland City University Mighty Oaks hosted the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College on Saturday, February 23, amid Homecoming festivities. The Mighty Oaks improved to 18-0 at home on the year, the most wins inside the Johnson Center in one year, with their 90-35 victory, while Mitch Stahl, Phil Schumacher and manager Ryan Herring were each recognized prior to the starting lineups as they each made their final regular season appearance.

Leading the way for the Mighty Oaks was Mitch Stahl, who scored 20 points on 8-15 shooting, while pulling down six rebounds. Trevor Smith shot a perfect 8-8 from the field to tally 16 points, while picking up seven missed shots. Brandon Morton compiled another double-double, his 14th on the year, by scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 caroms, his 13th straight game with 10 or more rebounds. Jordan Simmons came off the bench to score 13 points, while Kendall Wittmer chipped win with seven points, six rebounds and a game high eight assists.

The Soldiers were led in scoring by Rodney Mondaine, who scored 15 points, followed by 13 points from Micah Schnautz, who had five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Tyler Wilson managed just two points, but led the team in rebounding with nine. Julian Brown added five points while leading the team with four assists and two steals.

For the game, OCU shot 36-69 (52.2%) from the field, including 9-26 (34.6%) from beyond the three point line, while scoring on 9-15 (60.0%) from the charity stripe. SLCC connected on 12-50 (24.0%) from the field, making 10-32 (31.3%) from long range, and went 1-4 (25.0%) from the foul line.

The Mighty Oaks held a 47-28 advantage in rebounding, including a 15-7 lead on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 28 assists while turning the ball over seven times, while the Soldiers had seven assists and 22 turnovers.

With the regular season coming to a close, the Mighty Oaks will carry a record of 21-4 into postseason competition. Oakland City University will host the second annual Christian College National Invitational Tournament, which will be held March 14-16. Teams and schedules will be released as they become available.

February 16, 2013 - Thirteen Game Win Streak Ends as Mighty Oaks Fall at Trevecca Nazarene

The Mighty Oaks traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to face off against the Trojans of Trevecca Nazarene University, a team they defeated 78-67 on January 26, in the Johnson Center. This meeting ended much differently, as the Oaks were unable to find their shooting touch, and lost 87-53. It was the first loss in thirteen games for the Oaks, who drop to 20-4 on the season.

The only OCU player to reach double digits in scoring was Kendall Wittmer, who came off the bench to shoot 4-6 from three point range, to tally 12 points. Mitch Stahl and Brandon Morton combined to shoot 5-21 from the field, and each scored eight points. Morton led the team in rebounding, collecting 12 missed shots.

Trevecca Nazarene was led in scoring by Marquise Rudolph, who shot 9-13 from the field, including 2-3 from long range, and made 6-8 from the foul line to score a game high 26 points. Maliek Daniels added 15 points, while JP Nyadaro and Eric Orr added 10 points each to the scoring column. Orr had a game high 13 rebounds.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot 17-66 (25.8%) from the field, including 4-14 (28.6%) from beyond the three point line, and shot 15-22 (68.2%) from the charity stripe. The Trojans connected on 31-61 (50.8%) of their shot attempts, knocking down 5-20 (25.0%) from three point range, and made 20-27 (74.1%) from the foul line.

The Oaks were outrebounded 49-39, despite a 14-11 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU handed out just eight assists, a season worst by three, while turning the ball over 17 times. The Trojans had 15 each of assists and turnovers.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is their final regular season game against St. Louis Christian College. The game is slated to start at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, in the Johnson Center. Seniors Mitch Stahl and Phil Schumacher will be honored, as they compete in their final regular season contest in the Johnson Center.

February 10, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Reach 20 Wins for Fourth Straight Season as OCU Defeats St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Brandon Morton broke the all time single-season shot blocking record, passing Mervyn Clarke's total of 69, set during the 2007-08 campaign, in the Mighty Oaks victory over the visiting Eutectics of St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Sunday, February 10. The Oaks led by just one point, 30-29, at the half, but pulled away in the second period to take the game by the score of 67-44.

Mitch Stahl led all scorers, notching a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Morton found his streak of 10 straight double-double games come to an end, pulling down a game high 16 rebounds, but managing just eight points in the game. Cameron LeFear shot 4-8 from three point range, his only field goal attempts, and scored on a pair of foul shots, to notch 14 points. Kendall Wittmer was the only other OCU player to reach double figures in scoring, tallying 10 points.

The Eutectics also had three players score in double figures, led by Shawn Menckowski, who wracked up 14 points. Gozie Uzendu added 13 scores to go along with his team best seven rebounds. Dan Hemann totaled 10 points and six boards in the loss.

The Mighty Oaks outrebounded the Eutectics 52-30, including a 24-11 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 16 assists while giving up the ball 13 times, while STLCoP had 10 helpers and 13 turnovers.

For the game, OCU shot 22-64 (34.4%) from the field, including 7-22 (31.8%) from beyond the arc, while going 16-19 (84.2%) from the foul line. St. Louis College of Pharmacy connected on 19-56 (33.9%) of their shots, knocking down just 3-20 (15.0%) of their long range attempts, whole making 3-7 (42.9%) at the free throw line.

The Oaks will carry a record of 20-3 with them as they head to Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, February 16, to face the Trevecca Nazarene University team they knocked off in the Johnson Center 78-67 on January 26. Game time is slated for 3:00 pm.

February 3, 2013 - Records Fall as Mighty Oaks Improve to 19-3 with Third Win Over Heritage Baptist College

Mitch Stahl notched a career high 43 points, bringing his total to 111 in his last three games, and Brandon Morton tied the single season shot blocking record by picking up his 69th block on the year, to help the Oaks come from behind to knock off the Eagles of Heritage Baptist College on Tuesday, February 3, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After trailing much of the first half, by as many as 13 points, the Mighty Oaks managed to come from behind to take the lead with just over two minutes left in the period, giving them a 57-51 advantage heading into the locker room. The Eagles stayed within range of taking back the lead, but were unable to get over the hump, and Oakland City held on to win 109-93.

Mitch Stahl shot 16-25 from the field, and made 11-12 free throws to notch his highest point total in his three year career as a Mighty Oak, posting 43 points. Trevor Smith added 24 points on 10-13 shooting, while Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to pour in 22 points on 8-17 field goals, including 6-12 from beyond the three point line. Brandon Morton picked up his tenth straight double-double, tallying 15 points and 17 rebounds. Smith and Stahl also had double-doubles in the game, picking up 15 and 10 rebounds, respectively, while tying for the team lead with six assists each. Smith also had a game high six steals.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Jamie Binford, who shot 10-16 from the floor, including 9-14 from long range, to tally 31 points. Tyler Johnson scored on 11-21 shot attempts, making 5-11 from three point range, to finish with 28, followed by 11 from Jensen Blyles, and 10 from Gregory Hardimon. Binford also led the team in rebounds, with 10, while Blyles handed out a game high eight assists.

For the game, OCU shot 43-81 (53.1%) from the field, scoring on 7-23 (30.4%) from three point range, while shooting 16-21 (76.2%) from the foul line. HBC connected on 34-76 (44.7%) of their field goal attempts, making 16-37 (43.2%) from beyond the arc, and scored on 9-13 (69.2%) from the charity stripe.

The Mighty Oaks outrebounded the Eagles 57-29, including an advantage of 18-6 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 29 assists while turning the ball over 20 times, while HBC had 16 assists and committed 15 errors.

The win gives the Mighty Oaks the longest winning streak in school history, passing the 11 game mark set during the 1959-60 season. They will also put their record 20-game home win streak on the line on Sunday, February 10, when they host the Eutectics of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Game time is slated for a 3:00 pm tipoff.

February 2, 2013 - Cameron LeFear Compiles Second Triple-Double in OCU's 11th Straight Win

The Mighty Oaks improved to 18-3 on the year, winning their 11th straight game, and moving to a school record 16-0 at home, with their 108-75 victory over the visiting Mavericks of Ohio State University-Mansfield.

Mitch Stahl led the way for the Oaks in scoring, shooting 10-14 from the field, while making all eight free throws, to score 28 points. Cameron LeFear had his second triple-double of the season, the first player in NCAA DII to have a second triple-double this year, with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Brandon Morton pulled down a career high 21 rebounds while scoring 20 points. Kendall Wittmer notched 17 points off the bench, while Trevor Smith added 10 points in the win.

The Mavericks were led in scoring by Delvonta Cheathem, who scored a game high 32 points on 12-23 shooting, including 3-7 from beyond the arc, and 5-7 from the foul line. Osikena Osolo added 16 points, followed by Jalen Jones who totaled 12. Cheathem and Jeremy Allen both had seven rebounds to lead the team.

The Mighty Oaks shot 44-77 (57.1%) from the field, including 8-17 (47.1%) from beyond the three point line, and made 12-13 (92.3%) from the foul line. Their free throw percentage ranks third all time in school history. The Mavericks shot 25-69 (36.2%) from the field, knocking down 10-33 (30.3%) from beyond the arc, and scoring on 15-26 (57.7%) of their free throws.

Brandon Morton remains just one block shy of tying the school record of 69, set in the 2007-08 season by Mervyn Clarke. His total career mark of 109 ranks him fourth, trailing the 117 by David Swafford, 137 by Clarke and 138 by Stuart Love.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a trip to Franklin, Indiana, to face off against Heritage Baptist College. This will be their third meeting on the season, with the Mighty Oaks winning both times, first by the score of 117-94 on November 15, then, on January 17, by the total of 131-95. Tip time is slated for 7:00 pm.

January 30, 2013 - Mitch Stahl's Career Night Leads to Easy Win Over Indiana Dabney

Last year, it took a 78-foot buzzer beater by Stahl to knock off the Lions in the final game of the regular season. This season's matchup proved much easier as Mitch Stahl and Brandon Morton each had double-double nights, and the Mighty Oaks cruised to an easy 117-65 victory over the Lions of Indiana Dabney University.

Stahl scored a career high 40 points on 13-17 shooting from the field and 14-16 free throws, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Brandon Morton also had a double-double, his eighth straight and 11th overall, by scoring 12 points and grabbing a game high 11 rebounds. Cam LeFear added 18 points on 6-10 shooting, including 2-2 from three point range and 4-5 from the foul line. Kendall Wittmer scored 17 points, shooting 7-10 from the field, including 3-5 from long range. Jordan Simmons was the only other OCU player to reach double figures by tallying 12.

The Lions were led in scoring by Javan Linson, who shot 8-24 from the floor, including 3-11 from three point range, and 9-15 from the charity stripe, to score 28 points. Courtney Copeland also reached double figures by scoring 12, while Leonard Brinson chipped in with six points and 10 rebounds.

For the game, OCU shot 41-69 (59.4%) from the field, including 9-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc, both season highs, while scoring on 26-34 (76.5%) from the foul line. IDU made 20-79 (25.3%) of their shots, making 5-25 (20.0%) from long range, while connecting on 20-39 (51.3%) from the free throw line.

The Oaks held a 54-44 advantage in rebounding, despite trailing 22-10 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 31 assists, tied for the second most this year, while committing a season worst 27 turnovers. Indiana Dabney had 11 assists and 21 turnovers. The foul differential was 25-24, with OCU committing one more.

OCU's win, their 10th straight, improves their home record to 15-0 on the year heading into a rematch against Ohio State-Mansfield, a team they defeated 95-66 on January 5, 2013, in the Johnson Center. Tip time is slated for 3:00 pm CST.

January 26, 2013 - Trevecca Nazarene Proves to be a Tough Matchup, but OCU Remains Perfect at Home

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Trojans of Trevecca Nazarene University on Saturday, January 26, looking for their ninth straight victory, and their 14th win in as many games in the Johnson Center. After leading 32-27 at the half, OCU managed to respond to each run the Trojans made, coming out with a 78-67 hard fought win, despite not making a field goal in the last five and a half minutes of the game.

Mitch Stahl led all scorers, shooting 9-12 from the field, and a perfect 12-12 from the foul line, to match his season high with 30 points. Cameron LeFear added 21 points on 5-14 shooting, including 3-9 from three point range, and 8-9 free throws. Kendall Wittmer chipped in with 11 points off the bench, while Brandon Morton reached double figures in both scoring and rebounding, notching 10 points and grabbing a game high 15 rebounds. Morton and Trevor Smith each blocked three shots, while Smith handed out six assists.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Marquise Rudolph, who shot 6-19 from the floor, making one three pointer, and knocking down all eight of his free throws, to score 21 points. Maliek Daniels added 17 points while coming up with 10 rebounds. Rudolph also led the team in assists, handing out five helpers, as well as steals, with three.

For the game, OCU shot 21-44 (47.7%) from the field, including 4-14 (28.6%) from beyond the three point arc, while scoring on 32-35 (91.4%) of their foul shots. Their total of 32 free throws made was five above their season high. The Trojans scored on 23-72 (31.9%) of their shots, including 7-28 (25.0%) from long range, and shot 14-20 (70.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks were outrebounded 43-36, including a deficit of 20-3 on the offensive glass. OCU had 19 assists while committing 18 turnovers, while TNU handed out 10 helpers while giving the ball up 15 times.

The win gives the Mighty Oaks their 14th straight home victory, the second most in school history and coming within one of the all-time school record of 15, set during the 1957-58 season. Their nine overall straight wins trails the 10 straight, set in 1998-99, and the record of 11, set in 1959-60.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a Wednesday night matchup against the Lions of Indiana Dabney University, a rematch of last season's thrilling 79-76 win on February 25, 2012, when Mitch Stahl scored on a 78-foot three pointer at the buzzer. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.

January 23, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Hold On to Win at Morthland College

The Oakland City men's basketball team took to the road for the first time following a seven game home stand that saw the Oaks take seven victories, winning by an average score of 99.6 to 67.1.The team traveled to West Frankfort, Illinois, where they faced Morthland College in a rematch of their 93-74 victory on January 8.

After leading throughout the first half, and taking a 41-32 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Mighty Oaks found themselves behind for the first time midway through the second period. The second half saw four lead changes, but the Oaks managed to come out on top, with the final score reading 90-82.

Leading the way for the Oaks was Mitch Stahl, who scored 29 points on 11-16 shooting. Cameron LeFear added 18 points, while Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to knock down 17 scores. Brandon Morton had a double-double by scoring 12 points and pulling down a team high 11 rebounds. LeFear picked up five steals to lead the game.

Morthland College was led by the WIll Carmickle, who notched a double-double of his own by scoring 21 points and grabbing a game high 16 boards. Roby Boatright and Matt Weeks each had 15 points, while Jordan Stanton chipped in with 13. Boatright shot 5-8 from the field, all from beyond the arc, and handed out a game high seven assists.

For the game, the Oaks shot 34-63 (54.0%) from the floor, including 10-23 (43.5%) from three point range, while making 12-17 (70.6%) from the free throw line. The Patriots scored on 30-74 (40.5%) of their shot attempts, making 12-32 (37.5%) from beyond the arc, and shot 10-15 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks were outrebounded 42-35, including a 21-9 deficit on the offensive glass. OCU had 26 assists and 16 turnovers, while Morthland had 22 assists and 14 turnovers.

The Mighty Oaks will take an eight game winning streak, and a perfect 13-0 home record, into their Saturday matchup against Trevecca Nazarene University. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

January 19, 2013 - Stellar Second Half Leads to Mighty Oaks' Decisive Win Over Emmaus College

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Eagles of Emmaus College, and took a 39-29 lead into the locker room at halftime. The second period told a different story, as OCU outscored the visiting Eagles 55-7 en route to a decisive 94-36 victory, their seventh straight, while remaining perfect at home, at 13-0.

Oakland City was led in scoring by Cameron LeFear, who shot 9-15 from the field, including 5-10 from beyond the arc, to score 24 points. Mitch Stahl added 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half, while Brandon Morton reached double digit figures in both scoring and rebounds, with 10 in each column. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score 10 points of his own in the victory. LeFear had a game high five steals, while joining Nick Powers to lead the team in assists with five each.

The Eagles were led by Simeon Beil, who shot 4-12 from the field, including 4-9 from long range, to score 13 points, while grabbing eight rebounds. John Walker added six points, while Caleb Ruter chipped in with four points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.

For the game, OCU shot 36-71 (50.7%), including 12-33 (36.4%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 10-18 (55.6%) from the foul line. The Eagles connected on 15-52 (28.8%) of their shots, knocking down 5-24 (20.8%) from three point range, while shooting 1-2 (50.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 42-35 advantage in rebounding, including an 18-13 lead on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 28 assists while committing 15 turnovers, 12 of which came in the first half, while Emmaus had nine assists and 32 turnovers.

Next up for the Oaks is a rematch against Morthland College on Wednesday, January 23, in West Frankfort, Illinois. Tip time is scheduled for 8:00 pm.

January 17, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Score Most Points Since 2006 in Win Over Heritage Baptist

The Eagles of Heritage Baptist College entered the Johnson Center with a record of 4-5, including an early season 117-94 loss to the Mighty Oaks. They managed to score 95 points in the game, but fell well short of the OCU total of 131.

The last time the Oaks had reached the 130 point mark in a game came against IU-East when they scored 132 on 11-15-06. However, OCU would have needed another 20 points to eclipse the school record of 150, set against St. Meinrad College on 2-4-92.

Leading the way in scoring for the Oaks was Mitch Stahl, who shot 10-16 from the field, scoring 27 points. Trevor Smith shot 13-14 from the floor, the fifth best shooting night in OCU history, and scored 25 points, a career best. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to tally 17, while Brandon Morton posted a double-double by scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Cameron LeFear compiled his first triple-double in an OCU uniform, scoring 12 points, handing out 12 assists and pulling down 10 missed shots. Jordan Simmons was the only other OCU player to reach double figures, managing 10 points off the bench.

The Eagles were led by Jensen Blyles, who shot 10-21 from the floor, including 5-11 from beyond the three point line, while scoring 9-12 from the foul line to score a game high 34 points. Jamie Binford tallied 29 points on 9-23 shooting, including 7-17 from long range, while shooting 4-5 from the charity stripe. Gregory Hardiman came off the bench to reach double figures by scoring 11 points on 5-11 shooting. Binford managed a double-double in the loss by grabbing a team high 10 rebounds.

Oakland City University held a 59-31 rebounding advantage, including a 19-8 lead on the offensive glass. The home Oaks handed out 40 assists, a mark that trails only two games in the history of the men's basketball team. The Oaks had 42 assists in a game against IU-Kokomo on 2-17-90, and 41 against IU-Northwest on 3-6-93. OCU had nine turnovers, while HBC had eight assists and 11 turnovers.

For the game, OCU shot 53-90 (58.9%) from the floor, including 8-20 (40.0%) from beyond the arc, and scored on 17-23 (73.9%) from the foul line. The HBC Eagles shot 32-78 (41.0%) for the game, including 16-42 (38.1%) from beyond the arc, and made 15-21 (71.4%) from the free throw stripe.

The 53 made field goals ranks third all time behind the 55 score against IU-East on 11-18-06, and the school record of 56 against St. Meinrad on 2-4-92. The 90 attempts also ranks third, trailing the 99 shots against IU-Kokomo on 2-17-90 and the 117 put up against Purdue-Calumet during the 1969-70 season.

The combined total of 226 points ranks tied for ninth all time for a game feature the Mighty Oaks, matching the total 226 in a 119-97 OCU win over Purdue-Calumet during the 1967-68 season. The highest total for an OCU game was 249, posted in a 127-120 quadruple overtime loss against Central State on 1-7-06. The highest total reached in an OCU win was a 122-121 victory over Pikeville College during the 1968-69 season.

The Mighty Oaks won their sixth straight game, and their ninth out of their last ten games, to carry a record of 13-3 into their Saturday afternoon matchup against Emmaus College. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00 pm in the Johnson Center.

January 12, 2013 - OCU Reaches Century Mark in Win Over Knoxville Bulldogs

The Oakland City University men's basketball team squared off against the Bulldogs of Knoxville College on Saturday, January 12, in the Johnson Center. After leading 49-23 at halftime, the Mighty Oaks outlasted the visiting Bulldogs 100-69.

Mitch Stahl led the way for OCU in scoring, notching 27 points on 11-19 shooting. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to add 20 points, making 4-8 from the field, including 4-6 from beyond the three point arc, and knocking down a perfect 6-6 from the foul line, while handing out a game high eight assists. Brandon Morton tallied a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down a game high 14 rebounds. Cameron LeFear had 10 points, while Trevor Smith had seven points, six rebounds and seven assists.

The Bulldogs were paced by Odell Parker, who shot 9-17 from the field, to score 27 points and grab 13 rebounds. Parker also led the team with four assists. Leon Boddie scored 11 points before fouling out of the game, while Damion King added 10 points.

The Mighty Oaks outrebounded the Bulldogs 50-38, despite trailing 18-15 on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 27 assists while turning the ball over 18 times, while the Bulldogs had 14 assists and 16 turnovers.

For the game, OCU shot 33-64 (51.6%) from the field, including 7-14 (50.0%) from three point range, while scoring on 27-34 (79.4%) from the foul line. KC shot 27-77 (35.1%) from the floor, making 2-25 (8.0%) from beyond the arc, and knocking down 13-21 (61.9%) of their free throw attempts.

The Oaks, now 12-3 on the season, will square off against Heritage Baptist College in the Johnson Center, on Thursday, January 17. The Oaks defeated HBC on the road earlier this season, winning by the score of 117-94. Game time is set for a 7:00 pm start.

January 8, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Challenged Early in Win Over Morthland College

The Mighty Oaks squared off against first year program Morthland College, coached by hall-of-fame coach Rich Herrin, on Tuesday, January 8, in the Johnson Center. The first half saw four ties and six lead changes, but OCU held a 48-35 halftime lead, turning into a 93-74 victory.

The Oaks were led in scoring by Kendall Wittmer, who came off the bench to shoot 7-13 from the field, including 5-8 three point shots, and a perfect 4-4 from the line, to notch 23 points. Mitch Stahl added 17 points, while Cam LeFear chipped in with 14 points. Brandon Morton had 11 points, while grabbing a team high 12 rebounds. LeFear had a game high eight assists and four steals, while Morton blocked five shots.

The visiting Patriots were led by Will Carmickle, who scored 22 points and pulled down a game high 13 rebounds. Matt Weeks, who shot 5-8 from long range, added 21 points, while Josh Overturf tallied 12.

For the game, OCU shot 31-62 (50.0%) from the field, including 11-21 (52.4%) from beyond the arc, and scored on 20-24 (83.3%) from the foul line. The Patriots shot 28-75 (37.3%) from the floor, shooting 11-32 (34.4%) from three point range, and scored on 7-8 (87.5%) at the free throw line.

The Oaks were outrebounded 43-38, including a 19-10 deficit on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 27 assists, while turning the ball over 10 times, while the MC had 14 assists and 13 turnovers.

Dr. Mike Sandifar, who now has 642 wins, trails Patriots' coach Rich Herrin, who has 902 wins in his career. The game most likely featured the most combined wins between two coaches in the history of the Johnson Center.

The Mighty Oaks improved to 11-3 on the year, heading into their Saturday matchup against the Bulldogs of Knoxville College. Tip time is slated for 3:00 pm in the Johnson Center.

January 5, 2013 - Mighty Oaks Remain Perfect At Home, Knocking Off Mavericks of OSU-Mansfield

The OCU men's basketball team hosted the Mavericks of Ohio State University-Mansfield on Saturday, January 5, in the Johnson Center. After leading 50-25 at the half, the teams played evenly in the second period with the MIghty Oaks winning by the score of 95-66.

Mitch Stahl led the victorious Oaks in scoring, notching 19 points, followed by 15 points off the bench for Jordan Simmons. Cameron LeFear added 12 points, while Nick Powers, making his second collegiate start in as many games, chipped in with 11. Brandon Morton tallied a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down a game high 11 rebounds. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score nine points, along with seven rebounds, and a game high seven assists. Morton picked up four blocked shots, while Wittmer and LeFear each had three steals.

The Mavericks were led in scoring by Jalen Jones, who posted a game high 21 points. Trayce Prather notched ten counters to go along with ten rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals.

For the game, OCU shot 37-69 (53.6%) from the field, including 9-20 (45.0%) from beyond the arc, and shot a nearly perfect 12-13 (92.3%) from the foul line. The Mavericks shot 25-67 (37.3%) from the field, including 4-17 (23.5%) from three point range, and made just 12-25 (48.0%) from the charity stripe.

OCU held a 50-33 advantage in rebounding. The Oaks had 31 assists and 18 turnovers, while OSU-M handed out 10 helpers and turned the ball over 12 times. The Oaks had 10 blocks and nine steals, while the visiting Mavericks picked up five blocks and 14 steals.

The win moves the Oaks to 10-3 on the year, including a perfect 9-0 record in the confines of the Johnson Center, where they will host Morthland College on Tuesday, January 8. Tip time is slated for 8:00 pm.

January 3, 2013 - Senior Mitch Stahl Reaches 1,000 Career Points in Win Over Boyce College

Mighty Oaks senior Mitch Stahl became the 31st member of the 1,000 point club at OCU, reaching 1,001 points in their 96-52 win over the Bulldogs of Boyce College. Stahl joins his sister, Samantha, who scored 1,162 points in her career as a Lady Oaks, as the only brother/sister combination to both reach the 1,000 point mark at the school.

Stahl scored 22 points in the game, making 10-14 from the field, including a slam dunk to put him over the threshold, outscored only by teammate Cameron LeFear, who made 10-20 from the field, including 6-14 from beyond the arc, to notch 28 points. Brandon Morton added eight points, while pulling down a game high eight rebounds, while Trevor Smith had four points and six rebounds to go along with a career high nine assists. Jordan Marshall saw his first action in an OCU uniform, making his only shot attempt, scoring three points, while picking up one rebounds and two assists in four minutes.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Eric Farley, who shot 5-16 from the field to score 17 points. Ethan Ammon also reached double figures, posting 15 points, while grabbing five rebounds. Cole Crider also had five boards, and scored eight points, while picking up a game high four steals.

The Mighty Oaks shot 36-64 (56.3%) from the field, making 13-27 (48.1%) from beyond the arc, while scoring on 11-16 (68.8%) from the foul line. Boyce College shot 18-56 (32.1%) from the field, including 3-17 (17.6%) from long range, and made 13-21 (61.9%) from the free throw stripe.

OCU held a 44-28 advantage in rebounds, including an 11-8 lead on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out a season high 31 assists, while turning the ball over 13 times. Boyce had 13 assists and 15 turnovers.

The win moves the Oaks to 8-3 on the year, heading into their matchup against the Mavericks of Ohio State University-Mansfield. Game time is slated for a 3:00 pm tipoff on Saturday, January 5, in the Johnson Center.

December 31, 2012 - Superior Size Helps Mighty Oaks Defeat Warriors of Akron-Wayne

Oakland City University's men's basketball team closed out the 2012 year by defeating the University of Akron-Wayne Warriors on Monday, December 31, in the Johnson Center. The Mighty Oaks combined for 16 blocked shots, and stretched a 39-33 halftime lead into 88-78 win.

Mitch Stahl led the Oaks in scoring, shooting 7-14 from the floor, and making 6-8 from the foul line, notching 20 points. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to add 16 points, followed by 14 points from Jordan Simmons, who made his first collegiate start in the game. Trevor Smith tallied a double-double by scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, matching the total posted by Brandon Morton, to lead the team. Morton scored eight points, but handed out five assists, picked up four steals and blocked a career high eight blocked shots. Cam LeFear scored nine points and added five assists.

The Warriors were led in scoring by DeVaughn Boddie, who shot 8-13 from the field, including 2-2 from the three point line, and 6-9 from the foul line, to score 24 points. De'Shon Hudson added 18 points to go with 13 rebounds, while Jackie Adams scored six points and grabbed a game high 15 points. Rick Brewer was the only other Akron-Wayne player to reach double figures in scoring, tallying 11 points.

The Mighty Oaks shot 30-70 (42.9%) from the field, including 9-24 (37.5%) from the three point line, and made 19-26 (73.1%) from the foul line. Akron-Wayne made 27-72 (37.5%) from the floor, including 10-27 (37.0%) from beyond the arc, and shot 14-23 (60.9%) from the charity stripe.

OCU handed out 26 assists in the game, while turning the ball over just nine times, while Akron-Wayne had 13 assists and 12 turnovers. Both teams had 47 rebounds in the contest, while the Warriors held a 21-17 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU blocked 16 shots, while stealing the ball nine time, compared with three blocks and four steals for the visitors.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a matchup against the Bulldogs of Boyce College. Game time is slated for a 7:00 pm tipoff, on Thursday, January 3, in the Johnson Center.

December 17, 2012 - Oaks Improve to 7-2 with Resounding Victory over Kent State-Tuscarawas

The Mighty Oaks led from start to finish over the visiting Eagles of Kent State University-Tuscarawas in the Johnson Center on Tuesday night, the first ever meeting between the two squads. The home team opened the game leading 21-1 in the first ten minutes and never looked back, as the score read 74-41 when the final horn sounded.

Mitch Stahl led all scorers with 16 points, shooting 5-10 from the field, and going a perfect 6-6 from the foul line. Kendall Wittmer, coming off a career high 26 points, tallied 14 points on 4-5 shooting, all three point attempts, and scoring both attempts from the free throw stripe. Jordan Simmons came off the bench to notch 12 points for the Oaks, while Tommie Bell added eight. Brandon Morton scored just six points, but grabbed a game high 13 rebounds, while blocking five shots.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Austin Wilkinson, who made all three of his three point shots to score nine points, followed by eight points each from Evander Walton and Allan Schirtzinger. Tanner Leyda failed to score in the game, but pulled down a team high six rebounds, while Racell Jackson handed out four assists.

For the game, OCU shot 27-65 (41.5%) from the field, including 7-21 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. KSU-T shot 14-56 (25.0%) from the floor, making 7-24 (29.2%) from three point range. The Oaks shot 13-16 (81.3%) from the foul line, compared to the Eagles effort of 6-8 (75.0%).

The Oaks won the rebounding battle 49-32, including a 12-5 advantage on the offensive glass. The home team handed out 23 assists while turning the ball over just 10 times, while the visitors had 13 assists and 17 errors. OCU also had nine blocks and 11 steals, while KSU-T had just two blocked shots and three nabs.

The win improves the Oaks to 7-2 on the year, heading into Wednesday night's matchup against NCAA Division I opponent, the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Game time is scheduled to tip off at 7:05 pm in the Ford Center, located in downtown Evansville, Indiana.

December 15, 2012 - Career Highs for Morton and Wittmer Boost Oaks Over Warriors

In a game that saw 10 ties and 13 lead changes, the Mighty Oaks held off the Warriors of Valor Christian College on Saturday in the Johnson Center, turning a 40-33 half time advantage into a 90-85 victory.

Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score a career high 26 points, eclipsing his previous best of 19 points, shooting 7-10 from the floor, including 5-7 from beyond the three-point arc, and 7-8 from the foul line. Brandon Morton and Trevor Smith each tallied double-doubles in the win, as Morton posted 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Smith added 11 points and 11 boards. Cameron LeFear notched 16 points while joining Smith with five assists. Morton's rebound total raises his career high from 16.

The Warriors were led in scoring by Andrew Douby, who shot 11-17 from the floor, including 5-7 from beyond the arc, to score 30 points. Ulrick Paul added 29 points, while Adam Cunningham totaled 10 counters. Paul had eight steals in the game, while Cunningham handed out five assists, both team highs.

The Mighty Oaks shot 28-54 (51.9%) from the field, connecting on 8-17 (47.1%) from beyond the arc, and shot 26-37 (70.3%) from the foul line. The Warriors made 32-78 (41.0%) of their shot attempts, including 11-24 (45.8%) from long range, and shot 10-20 (50.0%) from the charity stripe.

Oakland City held a 50-35 rebounding advantage, despite being outrebounded 15-13 on the offensive end. The Oaks handed out 19 assists, while turning the ball over 26 times, while VCC had 14 assists and 13 errors.

The Mighty Oaks return to action on Monday, December 17, when they host Kent State-Tuscarawas in the Johnson Center. Tip time is slated for 7:00 pm.

December 8, 2012 - Stahl and Morton Each Score 25 Points to Lead Oaks Over Rams

Ohio Mid-Western College squared off against the Oaks in the Johnson Center for the third time in 2012 on Saturday, with the Mighty Oaks holding on to win 87-78. The Oaks took a 45-32 advantage into the locker room, but were outscored 46-42 in the second frame.

Brandon Morton had a double-double in the win, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Mitch Stahl also had 25 points, as both players shot 8-14 from the field. Stahl made his only three-point attempt and was a perfect 8-8 from the foul line. Morton went 9-11 from the Charity Stripe. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score 12 points, the only other OCU player to reach double digits, on 3-8 shooting from the field, and 6-6 from the line.

Greg Howard led all scorers, notching 35 points for the visiting Rams on 9-22 shooting, including 3-11 from beyond the three-point arc, and 14-15 from the free throw line. Marquez Johnson came off the bench to tally 15 points and grab 10 rebounds.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot 28-58 (48.3%) from the field, making 4-11 (36.4%) from three point range, and connected on a solid 27-30 (90.0%) from the foul line. The Rams made 26-66 (39.4%) from the floor, connecting on 5-21 (23.8%) of their three point attempts, and made 21-30 (70.0%) from the line.

The Oaks outrebounded the Rams 39-36, despite a 17-13 deficit on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 22 assists while turning the ball over 17 times, while OMWC had 8 helpers and 13 errors.

Next up for the Oaks is a matchup against the Warriors of Valor Christian College. Game time is slated for 3:00 pm, in the Johnson Center, on Saturday, December 15.

December 1, 2012 - OCU Men's Basketball Climbs to 4-1 with Win Over OU-Lancaster

The Mighty Oaks took a 33-26 point lead into the locker room at the half on Saturday, returning to the Johnson Center after their Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii. They outscored the Cougars 40-29 in the second stanza to win 73-55, improving their record to 4-1 for the season.

Leading the way for the Oaks was Mitch Stahl, who scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting, while handing out five assists. Cameron LeFear had nine points to go with a game high six assists and three steals, while Billy Newton, Brandon Morton, and Trevor Smith each added eight points to the OCU side of the ledger. Newton led the Oaks in rebounding with 13, while Oscar Falodun, playing in his first action in a MIghty Oak uniform, came off the bench to block two shots to go with two points and a pair of rebounds.

The Cougars were led in scoring by Pat Blevins, who knocked down 9-21 shots, including 6-14 from beyond the three-point arc, to score a game high 25 points. Joe Rice tallied a double-double by putting home 11 points and pulling down a game high 14 missed shots. Rice also had four blocks in the game.

The Oaks shot 27-61 (44.3%) from the field, making 10-26 (38.5%) from beyond the three-point line, and connected on 9-14 (64.3%) of their free throw attempts. The Cougars made 22-66 (33.3%) of their tries, hitting 9-27 (33.3%) on their three-point shots, and scored 2-3 (66.7%) of their shots from the charity stripe.

Ohio University-Lancaster won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Oaks 43-38 overall, including a 19-12 advantage on the offensive glass. Oakland City University handed out 21 assists, while turning the ball over 12 times. The Cougars had 10 assists and 20 give aways.

The Mighty Oaks are set to return to action on Wednesday, December 5, when the travel to Clarksville, Tennessee, to face the Governors of Austin Peay State University. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.

November 10, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Open Season with Win Over Central Christian College

Oakland City University's men's basketball team opened their 2012-13 season by hosting the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible. The Mighty Oaks had to hold off and early push, but a 34-0 run that spanned the halftime break allowed the home team to pull away to an easy victory, winning 93-48.

Mitch Stahl led the Oaks in both scoring and rebounding, putting up 16 points and grabbing 11 misses, followed by Jordan Simmons, who came off the bench to tally 15 points to go with six rebounds in his first action in the blue and white. Byron Dulin had 12 points off the bench in his first game, while Trevor Smith started his sophomore campaign with 11 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Morton posted eight points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals in the win.

Clayton Shay had a game-high 17 points for the Saints, while Deshaun Thomas added 13 points in the loss. Jonathan Harris came off the bench to score 10 points, while Antonio Graham pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with four points.

For the game, the Oaks shot 34-75 (45.3%) from the field, making 5-14 (35.7%) of their three-point attempts, while scoring 20-29 (69.0%) of their free throw attempts. The Saints made 18-69 (26.1%) from the floor, hitting 6-32 (18.8%) from beyond the arc, and connected on 6-12 (50.0%) from the charity stripe.

Oakland City led in rebounding 61-39, including a 20-13 advantage on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 26 assists while turning the ball over 11 times. The Saints had 12 assists and 19 turnovers. OCU blocked 12 shots and stole the ball 10 times, while CCCB had 11 blocks and three steals.

The Mighty Oaks will return to action on Thursday, November 15, when they travel to Franklin, Indiana, to face Heritage Baptist College. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

April 3, 2012 - OCU Basketball Team Receives Championship Banner to Cap Off Their Season

The 2011-12 chapter of the Oakland City University Men's Basketball team concluded with a championship. It was just the third time in school history that the Oaks had earned a post-season title to cap off their season campaign, joining the 1980-81 (National Little College Athletic Association Champions, now the USCAA) and the 1998-99 (National Christian College Athletic Association Champions) teams.

After opening the season with wins over the University of Akron-Wayne (89-78) and Heritage Baptist College (96-62), the Oaks lost four of their next six games, dropping games at the University of Evansville (80-53) and at home against Maryville University (66-63), then beating Central Christian College of the Bible (100-80), losing at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse against Butler University (98-53), then beating Ohio State University-Mansfield at home (99-62), followed by a loss at Eastern Illinois University (83-67).

The Mighty Oaks responded by winning nine of their next ten games, their loss coming on their trip to the University of Alabama at Huntsville (92-64). Their final seven games of the regular season included a home loss to Great Lakes Christian College (66-63), another win at Heritage Baptist (96-44), a loss at Maryville (84-49), wins over Logan University (109-73) and St. Louis Christian College (105-61), a home loss to Alabama-Huntsville (96-79) and a final regular season victory over Indiana Dabney University (79-76), which took a 78 foot game-winning shot at the buzzer by Mitch Stahl.

OCU hosted the first Christian College Invitational Tournament, comprised of teams from the Ecclesia College, Milligan College, Indiana Dabney University, the University of Virginia-Lynchburg, Victory University, Rhema Bible College, Ohio Mid-Western College and Oakland City University. The Mighty Oaks matched up against Ecclesia College in the opening round, winning 85-70, followed by a hard fought win against Rhema Bible College (89-71) to advance to the championship game against the Rams of Ohio Mid-Western College. Mitch Stahl and Maurice Fuller scored a combined 41 points to help the Oaks win 83-82.

Stahl was named the Christian College Invitational Tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Eric Head and Maurice Fuller joined Stahl on the All-Tournament Team.

The Oaks set numerous records on the year as a team. It was the 13th highest point total for a team in school history, as the Oaks put home 2,429 points on the year, making 860 field goals in 1,755 attempts. They scored the 11th most threes in a single season while shooting the eighth most, going 248-635 from beyond the arc. As a team, OCU made 461 free throws, good for eighth most all time, shooting 617, the ninth most attempts in school history. Their shooting percentage of 74.7% as a team was the fourth best from the charity stripe all time. The Oaks handed out 633 assists, good for sixth all time, while committing just 386 turnovers, 12th fewest ever. Their 126 blocked shots fell one shy of the team total of 127 in 2007-08, ranking this year as the fourth best in that category.

Individually, Mitch Stahl finished off the sixth best single season scoring effort in school history, putting 543 points on the OCU side of the ledger, an average of 18.7 points per game, good for the ninth best scoring average all time. His shooting percentage of 62.7% from the field was the 14th best for a year. Stahl also shot 166-212 from the foul line, topping Larry Harris's school record for free throws made and free throws attempted in a single season. Harris shot 159-189 during the 1970-71 season. Kendall Wittmer shot 35-39 from the line on the year, the second best percentage for a year in school history at 89.7%, trailing Justin Braddock's 24-25 (96.0%) 2004-05 campaign. Wittmer climbed up to fifth in career free throw shooting percentage, having made 63 of his 74 attempts in two years. Brandon Morton blocked 41 shots on the year, tying him with OCU greats Stuart Love (1994-95) and Robert Edwards (1992-93) for the seventh highest season total, while Cameron LeFear's 60 steals ranks him fifth all time.

March 14, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Defeat Ohio Mid-Western College Rams to Take CCIT Championship

Oakland City University's men's basketball team met its final test on Wednesday night in the Johnson Center, facing the Ohio Mid-Western College Rams for the 2012 Christian College Invitational Tournament Championship. The Mighty Oaks proved up to the challenge, winning the game 83-82 in a hard fought battle.

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Mitch Stahl capped off an incredible season, scoring a team high 21 points. Maurice Fuller finished his freshman campaign by posting 20 points, while Brandon Morton added 14 scores. Eric Head, playing his final game in OCU blue and white, notched eight points while joining Morton with a game high eight rebounds. Morton also had three blocked shots, while Stahl, Fuller and Cameron LeFear each handed out three assists.

The Rams were led in scoring by junior Greg Howard, who put up a game high 28 points, followed by 15 points from freshman Marquez Johnson. Brandon Smith and Nick McCoy each added 13 points to the Rams' side of the ledger.

The Mighty Oaks shot 25-51 (49.0%) from the field, making 4-15 (26.7%) from beyond the three point arc. OCU was able to connect on a season best 29-33 (87.9%) from the free throw line. Ohio Mid-Western made 26-60 (43.3%) of their shot attempts, including 10-19 (52.6%) from deep, and hit 20-27 (74.1%) from the charity stripe.

The home team held a 39-29 advantage on the glass, pulling down one fewer on the offensive side, 11-10. OCU handed out just 13 assists while committing 18 turnovers, while the Rams had 10 of each statistic.

Adding on to the team championship, Mitch Stahl was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, while Eric Head and Maurice Fuller joined him on the All-Tournament Team. Ohio Mid-Western's Nick McCoy and Greg Howard were also given All-Tournament honors.

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March 13, 2012 - OCU Earns a Berth in the CCIT Championship Game with Win Over Rhema Bible College

The Mighty Oaks stretched a 34-33 halftime lead into an 89-71 win in the semi-finals of the Christian College Invitational Tournament against Rhema Bible College on Tuesday night in the Johnson Center.

Oakland City was led in scoring by Mitch Stahl, who scored 25 points on the night thanks to 7-9 shooting from the floor and 11-12 scores from the foul line. Maurice Fuller added 16 points while Eric Head joined in with 14. Cameron LeFear put 12 points onto the OCU side of the ledger, followed by 11 points by Brandon Morton. Morton tallied a double double by grabbing a game high 13 missed shots, while LeFear handed out a season high nine assists and picked up three steals.

The Eagles of Rhema Bible College were led by Marc Gustin's 21 points, followed by 11 points each from Brody Christian and Miracle Keni-Satele, who also grabbed a team high eight rebounds.

For the game, OCU shot 27-52 (51.9%) from the field, including 17-24 (70.8%) in the second half. The Oaks made 9-23 (39.1%) from beyond the three point arc, while hitting 26-31 (83.9%) from the foul line. Meanwhile, the Eagles shot 29-66 (43.9%) from the floor, including 4-17 (23.5%) from three point range. RBC made 9-16 (56.3%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 38-32 advantage on the glass, despite trailing in offensive boards 13-10. OCU handed out 18 assists in the game, while committing an equal number of turnovers, while RBC had just nine assists and 14 turnovers.

Oakland City will play against Ohio Mid-Western College, a team they beat earlier in the season, for the CCIT championship. Game time is set for 8:00 PM CST.

March 12, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Advance to Semi-Finals of CCIT by Beating Ecclesia College 85-70

Oakland City University matched up against the Royals of Ecclesia College on Monday night in the Johnson Center, a berth in the 2012 Christian College Invitational Tournament semi-finals on the line. After leading by just one point at 42-41 at the half, the Oaks were able to pull away late in the game to come out 85-70 victors. The win puts them in line to face Rhema Bible College, who won their game 85-75 over Indiana Dabney University.

Maurice Fuller and Eric Head each tallied a double-double in the game for the Oaks, who were led in scoring by Mitch Stahl's 24 points. Head notched 18 points to go with a game high 14 rebounds, while Fuller put in 13 points and grabbed 10 misses. Kendall Wittmer and Billy Newton both came off the bench to score 10 points. Cameron LeFear and Fuller each had six assists to tie for the game high.

The Royals were led in scoring by Jason Holmstrom, who shot 9-16 from the field to score 19 points. Levi Roberts added 15 points, followed by 12 points from Brandon Brzozkiewicz and 11 counters from David Eichler. Brzozkiewicz led the team in rebounding and assists, pulling down eight missed shots and handing out four helpers.

For the game, OCU shot 29-62 (46.8%) from the field, including 8-23 (34.8%) from beyond the three point line, and made 19-28 (67.9%) from the foul line. The Royals shot 25-65 (38.5%) from the floor, making 7-22 (31.8%) of their three point tries, and hit 13-17 (76.5%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 48-33 advantage in rebounding, including a 15-9 lead on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 19 assists while turning the ball over 11 times, versus 12 assists and seven turnovers by the Royals.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks will be the Eagles of Rhema Bible College with a trip to the championship game on the line. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST in the Johnson Center.

February 25, 2012 - Coach Sandifar Earns 400th Win at OCU on Senior Day Thanks to Mitch Stahl's Three-Quarter Court Shot Against Indiana Dabney University

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Lions of Indiana Dabney University on Saturday evening in the Johnson Center, the last regular season home game for OCU seniors Josh Adams and Eric Head. Coach Sandifar entered the game with 399 career victories at the helm of the OCU men's basketball team.

With the visiting Lions down to just five players due to injury, the tied score at halftime came as a surprise to many. Even more surprising was that the Oaks trailed 73-64 with just over two minutes to play. The Oaks cut the lead to one point on Kendall Wittmer's three pointer from the corner with 33 seconds remaining and the scoreboard reading 74-73 in favor of the visiting Lions. A mere six seconds later, Indiana Dabney broke a full court press to get a layup to push the lead back to three. Then, with 17 seconds to play, Maurice Fuller connected on a three pointer just in front of the home bench to tie the game at 76-76.

Indiana Dabney called time out with eleven seconds on the clock and Steve Hilal took a shot with three seconds left, attempting to give the Lions the lead. When the ball sailed long, Mitch Stahl hauled in the rebound, gathered himself, planted his feet and heaved the ball toward the opposite rim, 74 feet away. The buzzer went off, sounding the end of regulation as the ball narrowly missed the ceiling supports, followed by the sound of the net accepting the winning points. (Video)

It was OCU's eighteenth win of the year, sending their record to 18-8 as they head to postseason play. It also marked Coach Dr. Mike Sandifar's 400th career victory at Oakland City.

The Oaks were led in scoring by Maurice Fuller, who tallied 19 points on 7-13 shooting, including 5-10 from beyond the arc. Mitch Stahl added 18 points, also making 7-13 from the floor, including 2-3 from three point range. Billy Newton came off the bench to score 14 points, while Kendall Wittmer added 12 points, also off the bench. Eric Head scored eight points to go with his game high 13 rebounds, while Stahl handed out five assists.

Indiana Dabney had four of their five players reach double figures, led by 25 points from Tony Jones, followed by 16 from Steve Hilal, 15 from Jaylnn Mosby and 12 from Shawn Starks. Logan Davis, who fouled out of the game with 1:03 left on the clock, chipped in eight points. Starks also had a team high 11 rebounds and six steals, while Mosby handed out five assists.

For the game, OCU shot 29-59 (49.2%) from the floor, making 10-26 (38.5%) from beyond the arc, while connecting on 11-14 (78.6%) from the foul line. The Lions made 28-63 (44.4%) of their field goal attempts, including 8-22 (36.4%) from three point range, and scored on 12-18 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks held a 37-34 rebounding advantage, despite losing the battle on the offensive glass 12-11. OCU had 20 assists and 19 turnovers, while Indiana Dabney handed out 15 helpers and committed 11 turnovers.

Oakland City will return to action on Monday, March 12, in the inaugural Christian College Invitational Tournament. Game time and matchup information will be real eased as soon as it becomes available.

February 23, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Set to Host Christian College Invitational Tournament

The Oakland City University Men's Basketball team will be hosting the Christian College Invitational Tournament in the Johnson Center March 12, 13 and 14. Click here for more information.

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February 20, 2012 - Early Lead Not Enough for Mighty Oaks Against #6 Chargers

The Mighty Oaks jumped out to 17-6 lead in the first five minutes of their game against the NCAA Division II #6 ranked Chargers of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, but the Chargers proved up to the challenge, turning a 12 point halftime advantage into a 96-78 win over the home team.

Oakland City's Mitch Stahl played all 40 minutes in the contest, putting up a game high 27 points by shooting 9-13 from the floor and 9-11 from the foul line. Maurice Fuller, the only other OCU player to reach double digits in the scoring column, shot 9-15 from the field, making 5-8 from beyond the arc, as well as scoring his only free throw, to tally 24 points in the loss. Eric Head grabbed a game high eight rebounds to go along with six points while Stahl joined him to lead the team with six assists each.

The Chargers had six players in double digits, led by 21 points from Jaime Smith, followed by 16 from Conner Blasi, 13 from Zane Campbell, 12 from Ronnie Mack, and 10 each from Josh Magette and Andrew Donovan. Campbell pulled down a team high six rebounds, while Magette had a game high eight assists.

The Oaks shot 25-53 (47.2%) from the field, making 10-25 (40.0%) from beyond the arc, and connected on 18-23 (78.3%) from the line. The Chargers were 35-61 (57.4%) from the floor, hitting 12-26 (46.2%) of their three point attempts, and went 14-16 (87.5%) from the line.

OCU handed out 21 assists while turning the ball over 15 times, while the Chargers handed out 22 assists and committed 13 turnovers. The Oaks were outrebounded 36-22, including a 10-5 discrepancy on the offensive glass.

The Mighty Oaks will return to action on Saturday, February 25, as they host Indiana Dabney University. Coach Sandifar will be looking for his 400th victory at the helm of the Oakland City team on Senior Day, tipping off at 3:00 PM CST.

February 18, 2012 - Oaks Overpower St. Louis Christian College Behind Five Double Digit Scorers

Oakland City University hosted the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College for the second time this season. Their first meeting, held on December 15, ended with OCU improving their record to 6-4 by winning 84-62. This matchup ended in a more lopsided 105-61 victory for the home team, marking Coach Sandifar's 399th win in his coaching tenure at Oakland City.

Mitch Stahl scored 19 points to lead the Oaks in scoring, making his last nine shots after missing his first attempt. Cameron LeFear added 14 points, making 6-10 from the field and going 2-3 from the foul line. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score 13 points, while Maurice Fuller added 12. Billy Newton was also in double figures, tallying 11 points and seven rebounds in the game. Brandon Morton led the team in rebounds, grabbing nine missed shots, and blocks with five.

The Soldiers were led in scoring by Jordan Colclasure, who made 7-16 from the field, including 6-13 from beyond the arc, to score a game high 20 points. Marcus McDowell went 7-24 from the field, scoring 16 points, while handing out a game high eight assists. Joshua Yates pulled down a game high 11 rebounds to lead SLCC.

For the game, OCU shot 42-83 (50.6%) from the floor, making 4-18 (22.2%) from beyond the arc, and connected on 17-22 (77.3%) from the foul line. The Soldiers shot 25-85 (29.4%) from the floor, making 8-26 (30.8%) from three point range, and scored all three of their free throw attempts.

The Oaks held a 59-43 advantage in rebounding, including a 25-25 tie on the offensive glass. OCU had 31 assists and eight turnovers in the game, while St. Louis Christian had 13 of each.

The Mighty Oaks will be back in action on Monday, February 20, as they host the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM CST.

February 11, 2012 - Trio of Oaks Lead Team Past Logan University

The Mighty Oaks got 19 points each from Mitch Stahl and Cameron LeFear, along with 16 from Maurice Fuller, on Saturday as they hosted Logan University in the Johnson Center. Each healthy member of OCU's team score in the 109-73 victory.

Stahl made 8-12 from the field, going 3-6 from the foul line, while LeFear hit 6-15 of his shot attempts, including 4-13 from beyond the arc, and made 3-3 from the charity stripe. Fuller was 7-11 from the field, including 2-4 from deep. Stahl joined Brandon Morton with nine rebounds each to lead the team, while Phil Schumacher came off the bench to hand out seven assists from his post position. Morton also had six blocks and four steals to go with his seven points.

Logan University was led in scoring by Connor Hilton, who shot 8-16 from the field and 5-9 from the line for 21 points. Matt Palm added 17 points, followed by 14 points from Nate Holloway and 11 points from Phil Berardi. Holloway and Hilton each tallied double-doubles by coming up with 10 missed shots apiece.

For the game, OCU shot 42-80 (52.5%) from the floor, making 11-30 (36.7%) from beyond the three point arc, and hit 14-20 (70.0%) from the line. Logan made 26-68 (38.2%) from the field, including 7-22 (31.8%) from three point range, while making 14-23 (60.9%) from the line.

The Oaks won the rebounding battle 51-35, including an advantage of 16-13 on the offensive end. OCU handed out 35 assists while turning the ball over just seven times, while Logan had 12 assists and 14 turnovers.

The Mighty Oaks will be back in action on Saturday, February 18, as they host the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College in the Johnson Center. Game time is set for 3:00 PM CST.

February 6, 2012 - Eric Head's First Double-Double of the Season Not Enough at Maryville University

The Mighty Oaks made just 10 field goals in their game at Maryville University on Monday night, eclipsing their previous low of 17, set at Butler University, on their way to losing 84-49. The Oaks were coming off the best shooting night of the season, as they shot 35-55 (63.6%) from the floor against Heritage Baptist College.

Mitch Stahl led the way for the Oaks in scoring, making 2-8 from the floor and 11-12 from the foul line to score 15 points. Maurice Fuller added 12 points, while Eric Head had his first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Saints were led in scoring by Gerald Shaw's 14 points, followed by 13 points from Trae Pemberton. Corey Washburn scored 12 points and Armon Provo scored 10 in the win.

For the game, the Oaks shot 10-41 (24.4%) from the floor, including 2-14 (14.3%) from three point range, while making 27-32 (84.4%) from the line. The Saints shot 31.59 (52.5%) from the field, making 13-29 (44.8%) from beyond the arc, and connected on 9-12 (75.0%) from the charity stripe.

The Oaks won the rebounding battle 33-31, including an advantage of 10-8 on the offensive glass. OCU had a season low five assists while turning the ball over 21 times. The Saints had 28 assists and 10 turnovers.

Oakland City returns to action on Saturday, February 11, when they play Logan University in the Johnson Center. Game time is set for 3:00 PM CST.

February 4, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Win Big at Heritage Baptist Again

Oakland City University traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, February 4, to square off against Heritage Baptist College, a rematch of OCU's second game of the season, which they won 96-62. The Oaks again scored 96 points, but held HBC to just 44 on their way to gaining their fifteenth win of the year.

Mitch Stahl led five Mighty Oaks in double figure scoring, connecting on 8-11 shots while scoring 18 points. Brandon Morton added 14 points, while Eric Head chipped in with 11. Maurice Fuller and Trevor Smith each put 10 points on the OCU side of the ledger. It was the first time Smith had scored in double figures in a Mighty Oaks uniform. Phil Schumacher came off the bench to grab a team high nine rebounds, while Kendall Wittmer, making his first start of the year, handed out seven assists and picked up four steals.

Heritage Baptist was led in scoring by Dustin Richards, who made 7-20 from the floor, including 3-12 from beyond the arc, and made his only free throw to score 18 points. Ben VanRhoon added ten points in the loss.

The Oaks shot 35-55 (63.6%) from the field, including 7-9 (77.8%) from three point range, and 19-27 (70.4%) from the foul line. Heritage Baptist shot 14-66 (21.2%) from the floor, making 8-39 (20.5%) from beyond the arc, and connected on 8-14 (57.1%) from the charity stripe.

OCU won the rebounding battle 59-21, including a 14-11 advantage on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 29 assists while turning the ball over just eight time, while HBC had 11 assists and 13 turnovers.

Oakland CIty's men's basketball team will return to action on Monday in St. Louis, Missouri, when they try to avenge an early season loss against Maryville University. Tip off is slated for 7:00 PM CST.

January 28, 2012 - Crusaders Overcome 12 Point Halftime Deficit To Down Oaks 66-63

The Mighty Oaks led 41-29 at halftime of the 2012 Homecoming game against Great Lakes Christian College, but managed to score just 22 points in the second half on their way to a 66-63 loss. The game ended a ten-game home winning streak, dating back to November 26.

Cameron LeFear scored 26 points in the game, 21 of which came in the first half, shooting 9-15 from the field, including 5-9 from three point range. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score 12 points on 5-10 shooting. Brandon Morton grabbed a team high seven rebounds while Mitch Stahl had a team high in assists with five and LeFear led the team in steals with five.

The Crusaders were led in scoring by Kyle Downing, who shot 12-19 from the field on his way to scoring 25 points, while Maurice Jordan chipped in 11 points in the victory. Downing grabbed a game high nine rebounds, while Jordan handed out five assists in the game.

Oakland City shot 23-57 (40.4%) from the field, including 8-19 (42.1%) from three point range, while making 9-16 (56.3%) from the foul line. The Crusaders shot 30-57 (52.6%) from the floor, connecting on 1-8 (12.5%) from beyond the arc, and going 5-6 (83.3%) from the line.

The Oaks were outrebounded 44-21 in the game, including a deficit of 15-9 on the offensive glass. The oaks handed out 16 assists as a team while turning the ball over eight times, while Great Lakes Christian had 11 assists and 16 turnovers.

OCU's next game is slated for Saturday, February 4, as they travel to Heritage Baptist College. Game time is set for 3:00 PM CST.

January 25, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Win On the Road at St. Louis Pharmacy Despite Making Just Two Three Point Shots

The Mighty Oaks had shot no fewer than 15 three pointers in a game before Wednesday's matchup in the Pillbox on the campus of St. Louis College of pharmacy, but OCU put up just seven attempts, making only two, in their 66-50 win.

Only five Oaks scored in the game, with Mitch Stahl leading the way with a game high 22 points, thanks to his 8-12 shooting from the field and 6-8 free throw points. Brandon Morton had his first collegiate double-double, scoring 19 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor and 3-3 from the line, while grabbing a game high 10 rebounds. Maurice Fuller added 13 points while Cameron LeFear scored 10 points. Fuller and LeFear each had seven assists while LeFear grabbed six steals and Morton blocked four shots. Kendall Wittmer was the only other OCU player to score, making 2-2 free throws in the game.

The Eutectics were led in scoring by Shawn Menckowski, who tallied 20 points on 8-20 shooting, including 4-10 from beyond the arc. Adam Thalla added 13 points while Luke O'Brien grabbed seven rebounds, including six offensive boards, to lead the team.

For the game, OCU shot 26-46 (56.5%) from the floor, connecting on 2-7 (28.6%) from three, and making 12-15 (80.0%) from the line. St. Louis College of Pharmacy made 20-63 (31.7%) from the field, including 5-22 (22.7%) from beyond the arc, and 5-6 (83.3%) from the line.

Oakland City outrebounded the Eutectics 34-30, but had a deficit of 16-7 on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 22 assists while turning the ball over 14 times, while STLCOP had 11 assists and 12 turnovers. OCU committed a season low eight fouls in the game.

The Mighty Oaks return to action on Saturday, January 28, as they are set to host Great Lakes Christian College in the Johnson Center at 3:00 PM CST.

January 21, 2012 - Five Oaks Score in Double Figures in Win Over Ohio Midwestern

Oakland City University's men's basketball team shot 59.6% from the field, including 64.3% from three point range, to knock off the Rams of Ohio Midwestern University. The victory was their tenth straight home win, as the Oaks have won nine of their last ten games overall.

The Mighty Oaks were led in scoring by Mitch Stahl, who tallied a double-double by scoring 26 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Stahl also had eight assists and two steals. Cameron LeFear scored 19 points, shooting 3-5 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc, and making 10-11 from the foul line, while he handed out nine assists. Maurice Fuller added 15 points, while Brandon Morton scored 14. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to put 11 points on the Oaks' side of the ledger.

The Rams were led by Nick McCoy, who notched 17 points, followed by 12 points from Marquez Johnson and 11 points each from Greg Howard and Gene Primus. Steve Rimmer pulled down seven rebounds in the game to go with six points.

Oakland City shot 31-52 (59.6%) from the field, making 9-14 (64.3%) from three point range, and hitting 26-33 (78.8%) from the line. Ohio Midwestern shot 24-73 (32.9%) from the floor, connecting on 5-20 (25.0%) from beyond the arc, and hitting 20-24 (83.3%) of their foul line attempts.

The Oaks outrebounded the Rams 41-34, while Ohio Midwestern held a 20-8 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 26 assists in the game while turning the ball over 20 times. The Rams had 10 assists and 14 turnovers.

Oakland City is schedule to travel to St. Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday, January 25, for a game against St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

January 14, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Overcome Fourteen Minute Field Goal Drought to Win at Concordia

The Mighty Oaks appeared to be well on their way to an easy win on Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri, where they faced the Preachers of Concordia Seminary, as they opened up a 7-2 lead after just 2:23 had run off the clock. The win would not come as easily, however, as the Oaks had to turn around a 10 point halftime deficit to win by the score of 60-56.

Maurice Fuller made a layup with 16:15 on the clock to put the Oaks ahead 9-4, but that is when everything seemed to fall apart for OCU. Aside from Mitch Stahl going 3-4, the Oaks failed to score a single basket until Fuller connected on a three point shot with 2:05 left in the half. The drought lasted 14:10, and saw the Oaks shoot a combined 0-19 during that stretch, with seven turnovers.

Despite their horrendous shooting performance in the opening period, the Oaks went into the locker room down just ten points, with the score set at 27-17. The Oaks shot 6-31 (19.4%) in the half, making 2-10 (20.0%) from three point range. They also had an uncharacteristic three assists, while committing seven turnovers.

The second half saw the Oaks connect on 14-24 (58.3%) from the field, including 4-12 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, while hitting 11-13 (84.6%) from the charity stripe. Concordia kept the lead most of the second half, but OCU overtook the Preachers on back to back baskets by Fuller, the second a three, to give the Oaks a 48-45 advantage with 6:08 to play. Oakland City held on to the lead the rest of the way, despite continuous pressure put on by Concordia, and the Oaks went on to win by four, 60-56.

The leading scorer in the game was Mitch Stahl, who had a double double by scoring 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Stahl made 9-14 shots and 7-10 free throws in the game. Maurice Fuller added 17 points in the victory, while Cam LeFear chipped in with eight to go with his team high five assists and two steals.

The Preachers were led by Joshua Duffy, who scored 20 points on 8-10 shooting, including 3-4 from three point range. Calvin Kapels had a double double for Concordia, tallying 14 points and ten boards. Kapels was 6-23 from the floor, making 2-10 from beyond the arc.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot 20-55 (36.4%) from the field, including 6-22 (27.3%) from three point range, and 14-18 (77.8%) from the foul line. The Preachers were 23-59 (39.0%) from the floor, hitting 7-26 (26.9%) from deep, and making 3-4 (75.0%) from the charity stripe.

Oakland City outrebounded Concordia 41-34, including a 14-10 advantage on the offensive end. OCU had 15 assists in the game, while committing 12 turnovers, while the Preachers handed out 18 assists to go with 14 turnovers.

The Mighty Oaks will return to action on Saturday, January 21, when the host Ohio Midwestern College. Game time is set for a 3:00 PM tipoff.

January 11, 2012 - Three Players Score 20+ Points as the Oaks Beat the Saints Again

Oakland City University's men's basketball team got back into the winner's column against the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible, beating them for the second time this season. Following their 100-80 victory on November 26, the Oaks won 94-49, improving to 11-5 on the year.

Maurice Fuller scored 21 points in the game, shooting 7-14 from the field, including 6-11 from three point range. Cameron LeFear and Mitch Stahl added 20 points each, while Billy Newton came off the bench to score 10 points in the win. Trevor Smith scored seven points to go with a team high ten rebounds. Smith, LeFear and Fuller each handed out four assists, while LeFear grabbed four steals.

Kris Holford had a double-double for the Saints, tallying 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jonas Stillings and Jerrell Harvey each scored 11 points in the loss. Stillings had two steals, while Israel Ramsey had three assists.

The Oaks shot 38-76 (50.0%) in the game, going 9-29 (31.0%) from beyond the arc, and made 9-12 (75.0%) from the foul line. The Saints shot 16-48 (33.3%) from the floor, making 3-12 (25.0%) from three point land, and 14-19 (73.7%) from the charity stripe.

Oakland City won the rebounding battle 43-31, including an 18-10 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU had 28 assists and eight turnovers, while CCCB had 10 assists and 23 turnovers, and the steal discrepancy was 18-3 in favor of the Mighty Oaks.

Oakland City University will travel to St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, January 14, to face Concordia Seminary. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 PM CST.

January 9, 2012 - Oaks See Six Game Win Streak Come to an End at Alabama-Huntsville

The Oaks carried a record of 10-4 into their game against the 10-2 Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, currently the 13th ranked team in NCAA Division II. The Oaks took an early 1-0 lead on a free throw by Mitch Stahl, but the Chargers quickly took over, leading the rest of the way en route to a 92-64 win.

Kendall WIttmer came off the bench to lead the Oaks in scoring, knocking down all four of his shots, including two three pointers, while going 4-4 from the line and finishing with 14 points. Mitch Stahl and Maurice Fuller each scored 13 points, while Brandon Morton came off the bench to pull down a team high seven rebounds and block the only shot for the Oaks.

The Chargers had five players score in double figures, as Jaime Smith scored a game high 19 points. Zane Campbell added 16, followed by 15 points from Conner Blasi, 13 from Ronnie Mack, and 10 points from Josh Magette. Magette and Blasi each had double-doubles, as Magette handed out 12 assists and Blasi had 10 rebounds, both game highs.

For the game, the Oaks shot 22-49 (44.9%) from the floor, making 9-21 (42.9%) from three point range, and 11-18 (61.1%) from the line. The Chargers shot 33-60 (55.0%) from the floor, going 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc, and making 14-18 (77.8%) of their free throw attempts.

The loss drops the Oaks to 10-5 on the year as they return home to face the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible on Wednesday, January 11. Game time is set for 8:00 PM CST.

January 7, 2012 - Five Oaks Score in Double Figures as OCU Downs Riverhawks Again

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Riverhawks of West Virginia University-Parkersburg for the second day in a row on Saturday, winning 116-55, giving the Oaks their sixth straight win in as many games, all at home.

Mitch Stahl again led the Oaks in scoring, making his last eight shots after missing his first attempt of the game. Stahl also made 5-6 free throws, scoring a game high 21 points to go with eight points, eight assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Maurice Fuller chipped in with 16 points, followed by 12 points each from Eric Head and Brandon Morton. Kendall Wittmer added 11 points off the bench.

Keith Penn had yet another double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Anthony Youngblood had 18 points, while Mitchell Parsons grabbed 13 boards and scored eight points.

The Oaks shot 43-71 (60.6%) from the field, including 27-36 (75.0%) in the second half. They made 11-23 (47.8%) from three point range, 7-9 (77.8%) in the second period. OCU improved on their foul shooting, making 19-27 (70.4%). The Riverhawks went 23-75 (30.7%) from the field, including 5-21 (23.8%) from beyond the arc, and shot 4-8 (50.0%) from the line.

Oakland City outrebounded WVU-Parkersburg 46-44, but lost the defensive rebounding battle 22-12. The Oaks handed out 31 assists while turning the ball over 12 times, verses 15 assists and 26 turnovers by the Hawks.

The Mighty Oaks next game is slated for Monday, January 9, in Huntsville, Alabama, as they face the Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It will be Dr. Sandifar's 1,000th career game as a head coach, including his time at the helm in both high school and college. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

January 6, 2012 - Mitch Stahl Shoots 10-10; Leads Oaks to Victory Over Riverhawks

Mitch Stahl's night was nearly perfect as he scored 27 points to lead the Oakland City men's basketball team to a 115-64 victory over the Riverhawks of West Virginia University-Parkersburg.

Stahl made all ten of his shot attempts, including one three point basket, grabbed eight rebounds, had one assist, one blocked shot and one steal. His lone flaw was one missed free throw out of seven attempts.

Maurice Fuller scored 20 points, shooting 8-13 from the field, and making 4-7 three point shots. Brandon Morton came off the bench to score 16 points while blocking a game high three shots. Morton, Stahl and Billy Newton each led the team with eight rebounds, while Yancey Duckett and Cameron LeFear handed out six assists apiece. Duckett and Ethan Knepp had three steals each in the win.

Two Riverhawk players had double-doubles in the game, as Keith Penn scored a game high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and Anthony Youngblood tallied 21 points and pulled down 12 missed shots.

The Oaks shot 43-70 (61.4%) from the floor, including 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc, and made 17-28 (60.7%) free throws. The Riverhawks connected on 26-73 (35.6%) of their shots, making 5-31 (16.1%) from three point range, and 7-23 (30.4%) from the foul line.

Oakland City outrebounded WV-Parkersburg 47-40, but lost the offensive rebound battle 18-13. The Oaks handed out 35 assists while turning the ball over 17 times, while the Riverhawks had 13 assists to go with 22 turnovers.

The Mighty Oaks will again face the Riverhawks in the Johnson Center on Saturday, January 7. Game time is set for 3:00 PM CST.

January 3, 2012 - Oakland City Mighty Oaks Defeat Boyce Bulldogs 108-55

The Mighty Oaks played their first game in nearly a month on Tuesday evening in the Johnson Center, hosting the Bulldogs of Boyce College, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Five different OCU players scored in double figures, leading the Oaks to a 108-55 victory.

Kendall Wittmer led all scorers, making 7-11 shots, including 4-7 from the three point line, and his only free throw, scoring 19 points. Eric Head and Maurice Fuller each added 15 points, while Brandon Morton and Mitch Stahl chipped in with 12 points apiece. Stahl joined Trevor Smith with eight rebounds each, while Smith handed out six assists to lead the team. Smith and Morton each had four blocked shots and three steals.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Beau Hendrick, who shot 7-11 from the field, including 2-4 from three point range, to put up 16 points. Trey Ethridge added 13 points and Matt Powell knocked home 12 in the loss. Ethridge led the team in rebounding, grabbing eight missed shots, while Emmanuel Bland handed out six assists and came up with two steals.

The Oaks shot 40-73 (54.8%) from the field, including 16-35 (45.7%) from beyond the arc, and 12-15 (80.0%) from the line. The Bulldogs finished the game 23-61 (37.7%) from the field, connecting on 5-19 (26.3%) from three, and made 4-9 (44.4%) foul shots.

Oakland City won the rebounding battle 44-32, including a 13-10 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU handed out 31 assists while turning the ball over just nine times, while BC had 14 assists and 20 turnovers.

The win brought the Oaks' record to 8-4 for the year as they head into Friday's matchup against West Virginia-Parkersburg. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

January 2, 2012 - West Virginia University-Parkersburg Games Rescheduled

The Oakland City University Men's Basketball games against the Riverhawks of West Virginia University-Parkersburg, originally scheduled for Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31, have been rescheduled. The games will now take place on Friday, January 6, at 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, January 7, at 3:00 PM CST..

December 17, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Down Hilltoppers of Ohio University-Chillicothe

The Oakland City University men's basketball team head into Christmas Break with a record of 7-4 after defeating the OU-Chillicothe Hilltoppers 79-56 in the Johnson Center.

Cameron LeFear scored a season-high 24 points to lead all scorers in the game, shooting 9-13 from the floor, including 6-9 from three-point range. Joining LeFear in double digit scoring were Mitch Stahl, who scored 16 points, and Billy Newton, who added 12. Stahl pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while LeFear handed out a game-high in assists with nine. Stahl also had five blocked shots, a season-high, and LeFear had three steals.

The Hilltoppers were led by Cody Chenault's 13 points off the bench, while John Danicki tallied a double-double by scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

For the game, the Oaks shot 31-64 (48.4%) from the field, making 9-22 (40.9%) of their three point attempts, and going 8-10 (80.0%) from the foul line. The Hilltoppers shot 23-60 (38.3%) from the floor, hitting 6-21 (28.6%) from three, and making 4-13 (30.8%) from the free throw line.

The Oaks outrebounded the Hilltoppers 41-33, but the teams each had 12 offensive boards. OCU handed out 27 assists while turning the ball over 12 times. OU-Chillicothe had 11 assists and 14 turnovers.

Oakland City University's men's basketball team will return to action on December 30 when the host West Virginia-Parkersburg. Game time is set for 8:00 PM CST.

December 15, 2011 - Big First Half Lead Ends in Mighty Oaks Victory over St. Louis Christian

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College tonight in the Johnson Center, winning 84-62. Oakland City led 44-22 at the half, but the teams played to a 40-40 tie in the second half. It was the 31st meeting between the two teams and the 31st win for the Oaks.

Mitch Stahl was the leading scorer for OCU, adding 22 points to the Mighty Oaks' side of the ledger. Maurice Fuller and Cameron LeFear each scored in double figures, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively. Brandon Morton pulled down a team-high six rebounds to go with eight points off the bench. LeFear led the team in assists with four, while Trevor Smith had two blocked shots and two steals.

The Soldiers were led by Chris Weaver's 13 points and nine rebounds, followed by ten points each from Jordan Colclasure and Kendrick Turner. Weaver also had a game-high seven assists.

For the game, the Oaks shot 27-60 (45.0%) from the floor, including 8-20 (40.0%) from three-point range, and made 22-27 (81.5%) free throws. The Soldiers made 23-62 (37.1%) from the field, connecting on 9-23 (39.1%) from beyond the arc, and hitting 7-11 (63.6%) free throws.

The Oaks had 19 assists, ten turnovers and ten steals, compared with 16 assists, 14 turnovers and six steals from St. Louis Christian College. Oakland City also won the rebounding battle 38-35, but were outrebounded 14-13 on the offensive end.

The Mighty Oaks will be back in action on Saturday, December 17, when they face Ohio University-Chillicothe. Game time is set for 3:00 PM CST.

December 10, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Beat Cougars of Ohio University-Lancaster

The Oakland City University men's basketball team hosted the Cougars of Ohio University-Lancaster on Saturday afternoon in the Johnson Center, winning 90-50, and improved to 5-4 on the season. Mitch Stahl had a double-double in the game, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

The Oaks led just 36-30 at the half, but were able to take control of the second half, holding the visiting Cougars to just 28.4% shooting in the second period, including 6.3% from the three-point line.

Joining Stahl in double figures were Billy Newton, who made 7-8 field goal attempts, along with 2-4 free throws, to score 16 points, followed by Maurice Fuller, who added 13 points, and Brandon Morton, who chipped in with 12 points off the bench. Newton had nine rebounds, while Eric Head pulled down eight boards while scoring eight points. Fuller handed out a game-high five assists, while Newton had two blocked shots.

The Cougars had four players in double figure scoring, led by Zach Bobo and Joseph Rice, who each had 11 points. Andy Gerschutz and Patrick Blevins added 10 apiece to their team's effort. Rice also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and Gerschutz handed out a game-high five assists.

For the game, the Oaks shot 36-65 (55.4%) from the floor, including 6-19 (31.6%) from three point range, while going 12-20 (60.0%) from the foul line. The Cougars made 19-67 (28.4%) field goals, including 3-28 (10.7%) from beyond the arc, and 9-14 (64.3%) from the charity stripe.

Oakland City outrebounded OU-Lancaster 50-33, despite trailing on the offensive glass 16-15. As a team, OCU had 27 assists and just ten turnovers, while OU-L had only eight assists and 14 turnovers.

The Mighty Oaks will return to action on Thursday, December 15, when they host the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

December 8, 2011 - Fuller Equals School Record in Loss to Panther of Eastern Illinois

Freshman guard Maurice Fuller was perfect from three-point range on Wednesday evening in Charleston, Illinois, equaling the best single game shooting performance from beyond the arc in school history, matching Jon Bruner (vs. Concordia, 2-24-90) and Paul Decker (vs. OSU-Newark, 12-10-93). However, his efforts were not enough to give the Oaks the win, playing their third NCAA Division I school in their last six games, losing 83-67.

Fuller scored 20 points in the game, trailing teammate Mitch Stahl, who led all scorers with 22 points. Both players shot 7-12 from the floor, including a combined 7-7 from three-point range, while Stahl made 7-9 from the foul line. Cameron LeFear came off the bench for the second game in a row and scored seven points on 2-6 shooting from the field, making 1-3 three-point attempts, and 2-3 free throws. LeFear dished out a team-high five assists while grabbing three steals.

The Panthers had three players in double-figures, with LC Doss scoring 21 points, followed by Josh Piper's 17 and Jonathan Miller's 15. Alfonzo McKinnie pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to go along with six points, while Doss came up with five steals.

The Oaks shot 23-50 (46.0%) for the game, including 10-15 (66.7%) three-point shooting, and 11-16 (68.8%) from the foul line. The Panthers made 32-54 (59.3%) of their shots, including 16-21 (76.2%) in the first half. Eastern Illinois was 8-17 (47.1%) from three point range and 11-16 (68.8) from the charity stripe.

OCU outrebounded EIU 28-27, including an advantage of 11-8 on the offensive glass. However, the Oaks turned the ball over 21 times as opposed to just 14 turnovers for the Panthers.

Oakland City will return to action on Saturday, December 10, when they face Ohio University-Lancaster in the Johnson Center. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 PM CST.

December 3, 2011 - Oaks Improve to 4-3 With Win Over Ohio State-Mansfield

Oakland City's men's basketball team prevailed in what turned out to be a one-sided game on Saturday afternoon in the Johnson Center. Leading 45-31 at the half, the Mighty Oaks pulled away in the second period, winning 99-62.

Coach Sandifar shuffled up the starting line up, giving Phil Schumacher, Ethan Knepp and Trevor Smith each their first start of the season, while Mitch Stahl and Maurice Fuller rounded out the first five. Stahl led the team in scoring, knocking down 7-11 shots and 3-4 free throws on his way to scoring 17 points. Fuller added 16 of his own, shooting 4-7 from the floor, including 2-5 three-pointers, and 6-8 foul shots. Knepp chipped in with 15 points on 5-9 three pointers, the only shots he attempted. Cameron LeFear and Kendall Wittmer both came off the bench to score in double figures, notching 11 and 10 points respectively.

Fuller and Smith each pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, followed by Brandon Morton's six point and six rebound performance off the bench. Fuller also had team-highs in assists, with six, and steals, with three.

For the Mavericks, Evan Mills had a double-double by halftime and finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with two assists, two steals and three blocks. Shawn Brown scored a game-high 26 points, shooting 9-21 from the floor, including 8-12 three point shots.

The Oaks shot 37-67 (55.2%) as a team, going 13-31 (41.9%) from beyond the arc. Mansfield hit 24-62 (38.7%) shots, making 12-24 (50.0%) of their threes. OCU was 12-19 (63.2%) from the charity stripe, outshooting OSU-Mansfield's 2-8 (25.0%) effort.

The Oaks outrebounded their opponents 44-32, including a 15-13 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU also had 27 assists and just six turnovers. The Mavericks, however, had just 11 assists and were forced into 12 turnovers.

Oakland City's next contest is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, in Charleston, Illinois, where they will face Eastern Illinois University at 7:00 PM CST. Next Saturday, the Oaks will host Ohio University-Lancaster at 3:00 PM CST.

November 29, 2011 - Bulldogs Prove too Much for Mighty Oaks, Who Drop to 3-3

The Mighty Oaks were given a rare chance to play against the two-time defending NCAA Division I National Runner-Up team, traveling to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their first ever regular-season matchup with the Butler Bulldogs.

Despite leading the game 2-0 one minute into the game, and again at 4-2 with 17:51 on the clock in the first half, Oakland City was not able to keep up with the powerhouse Bulldogs, as they failed to get into double digit scoring until Mitch Stahl scored on a layup with 4:22 remaining in the opening period to put the score at 33-11 in favor of the host team.

After trailing 42-18 at halftime, the Oaks opened the second half on a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 19, but Butler responded with a run of 16-3 to push the lead out of reach at 60-28. The deficit continued to climb steadily throughout the remainder of the game and the Oaks lost by the final score of 98-53, falling to 3-3 on the young season.

Maurice Fuller, freshman from Westfield, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis, was the leading scorer in the game, playing all 40 minutes and tallying 20 points on 6-13 shooting, 2-4 from three-point range, and 6-8 from the foul line. The only other Oak to score in double figures was Cameron LeFear, who scored 16 by shooting 6-14 from the field, including 1-5 from beyond the arc, and making all three of his free throw attempts.

The leading rebounder for the Oaks was Eric Head, who pulled down six missed shots, but scored just two points in 19 minutes of play. LeFear, Fuller and Mitch Stahl each handed out a pair of assists while Stahl led the team in steals with two.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs placed six players in double figure scoring, led by Andrew Smeathers, who scored 17 points. Chase Stigall added 15, Andrew Smith tallied 14 and Chrishawn Hopkins put up 11 to the Butler ledger. Kameron Woods and Erik Fromm each scored ten points in the win. Smith and Woods each had double-doubles by grabbing 12 and ten rebounds respectively.

Despite only losing the turnover battle 14-10, the Oaks were outrebounded 56-29, including a 10-22 deficit on the offensive glass.

Oakland City's next game is set for Saturday, December 3, when they host the Ohio State University-Mansfield Mavericks in the Johnson Center. Game time is set for 3:00 PM CST.

November 26, 2011 - Oaks Have Four Players in Double Figures in Win Over Saints

Cameron LeFear scored 22 points to lead the Oaks to a 100-80 victory over the visiting Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible on Saturday afternoon in the Johnson Center. Maurice Fuller, getting the first start of his young collegiate career, scored 19 points, followed by 17 points from Mitch Stahl and 15 points from Eric Head.

Oakland City took a 40-36 advantage into halftime and opened the second half on an 11-7 run to push the lead to eight at 51-43. The Saints responded by scoring the next five points to cut the lead to three, but the Oaks responded by scoring the next seven to push the lead to ten points. Again the Saints responded, trimming the lead to five at 58-53. The score remaining within ten points until Cameron LeFear connected on a pair of free throws and assisted on a fastbreak layup by Eric Head to give the Oaks a 68-56 lead with ten minutes to play. The Oaks lead never dropped below 11 points the rest of the way as the final score showed the home team as victors by 20 points.

LeFear shot 8-20 from the field, hitting 4-8 from three-point range and making both of his free-throw attempts, scoring a team high 22 points to go along with four rebounds, four steals and eight assists. Maurice Fuller shot 6-12 from the floor, making 3-7 from deep and hitting 4-4 from the charity stripe, to score 19 points. Fuller added four rebounds, one steal and one assist. Mitch Stahl made 6-11 from the floor and 5-7 from the foul line en route to scoring 17 points. Stahl grabbed a game high nine rebounds and handed out eight assists. Eric Head scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting, making 2-5 from deep, while pulling in five boards and handing out two assists. Yancey Duckett came off the bench for the first time this season to score four points and grab six rebounds.

The Saints were led in scoring by Terry Jones, who put up a game high 34 points on 13-23 shooting, including 1-1 from three point range, and 7-9 from the line. Jonas Stillings scored 18 points, shooting 6-13 from the field, hitting 5-6 three point shots, and making his lone free throw attempt. Hayden Hagerman added 13 points and Kris Holford scored 10 in the loss. Jones grabbed a team high nine rebounds while Holford blocked three shots and grabbed eight boards. Stillings handed out seven assists and Jones had four steals in the game.

For the game, the Oaks shot 36-73 (49.3%) from the floor, making 12-30 (40.0%) from three point range, and went 16-22 (72.7%) from the foul line. The Saints shot 29-63 (46.0%) from the floor, hitting 8-14 (57.1%) three point tries, and making 14-17 (82.4%) free throws.

Oakland City outrebounded Central Christian 45-32, including a 19-10 advantage on the offensive boards.

The Mighty Oaks return to action on Tuesday, November 29, when the travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, to square off against the two-time defending NCAA Division I Runner Up Butler Bulldogs. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.

November 22, 2011 - Men's Basketball Drops a Close One to Maryville University

Mitch Stahl and Ethan Knepp were the game's leading scorers, putting up 19 and 13 points respectively, but the Oaks could not overcome a 33-29 halftime deficit and lost 66-63. The Saints, members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference, improve to 3-0 on the year while the Oaks drop to 2-2.

Behind Stahl and Knepp, Billy Newton and Eric Head each tallied eight points, followed by four from Kendall Wittmer and three points each from Yancey Duckett, Cameron LeFear and Phil Schumacher. Maurice Fuller rounded out the scoring for the Oaks with two points. Newton was the game's leading rebounder, pulling down nine boards, while Head grabbed six. Knepp handed out five assists, leading Head and LeFear who each had three. Stahl had the game's only blocked shot. He also had two steals, joining Knepp with half of the team total.

The Saints were led by Tyler Waite's 12 points, followed by Corey Washburn's 11, as they led a balanced scoring attack. Jacob Dulle scored eight while pulling down a team-high six rebounds.

The Oaks shot 44.2% (19-42) from the field, including 36.0% (9-25) from three-point range. The Saints were 53.7% (22-41) from the floor, connecting on 36.4% (8-22) from deep. Oakland City went 16-21 (76.2%) from the foul line, while Maryville hit 14-22 (63.6%) of their attempts. In a balanced statistical game, the Oaks were outrebounded 26-27, but won the battle on the offensive boards, grabbing five to the Saints' four. Both teams had ten turnovers.

Oakland City will return to action on Saturday, November 26, as they square off against Central Christian College of the Bible from Moberly, Missouri. Game time is set for 3:00 PM.

November 12, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Open Season With Win Over Warriors of Akron-Wayne

Four Oaks scored in double figures on Saturday, November 12, as OCU opened their men's basketball regular season in the Johnson Center against the University of Akron-Wayne. Oakland City won the game 89-78 after leading 41-37 at the half.

Mitch Stahl, a junior guard from Spencer, Indiana, was the leading scorer for the Oaks with 18, followed by Kendall Wittmer, sophomore guard from Odon, Indiana, with 17. Wittmer played just 16 minutes, but went 5-6 from three point range, tying for the fourth best game in school history for three point percentage. Sophomore transfer Cameron LeFear, a guard from Flint, Michigan, and Maurice Fuller, a freshman guard from Westfield, Indiana, each scored 15 in the Oaks win.

Trevor Smith, a freshman who transferred to OCU from Moraine Valley Community College, scored eight points off the bench while pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds. Ethan Knepp, a sophomore transfer from Vincennes University, added nine points while handing out a game-leading six assists. Stahl also had two blocked shots and Knepp came up with three steals.

The Warriors of Akron-Wayne were led in scoring by Drew Moss, who tallied 24 points to go along with his four assists. Deshon Hudson scored 12 and Joe Muntean added 10 in a losing effort. Ronnie Pratt scored seven points, but pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.

For the game, the Oaks shot 42.9% (30-70) from the field and 38.2% (13-34) from three point range. They held the Warriors to 38.9% (28-72) from the floor and 26.5% (9-34) from beyond the arc. Both teams shot free throws very well, but OCU had the edge, shooting 84.2% (16-19) over the 76.5% (13-17) put up be Akron-Wayne.

The Oaks will return to action on Wednesday, November 16, when they travel to St. Louis, Missouri, to face Logan University. The two teams split last season with each team losing on the road. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

July 30, 2011 - OCU Standout Jared Maners Named 2nd Team NCAA D-II All-Independent Team; Freshman Yancey Duckett Named NCAA D-II All-Independent Freshman of the Year; Fellow Freshman Billy Newton Named 1st-Team Independent All-Freshman

Mighty Oaks basketball had a talented freshman class last season, proven by the inclusion of two of the young standouts on the NCAA D-II Independent All-Freshman Team. Billy Newton, a forward from Centerpoint, Indiana, and Yancey Duckett, a guard from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, were both among just five freshman chosen by the NCAA D-II Independent Collegiate Athletic Association, known as the ICAA.

Jared Maners was named to the 2-Team All-Independent after completing a two-year career in an OCU uniform in which he scored over 1,000 points.

The full results, as selected by the ICAA, were:

2010-11 NCAA D-II All-Independent Men's Basketball Team
Coach of the Year -
Chad Lister - North Greenville
Player of the Year - Paul Harrison - North Greenville
Freshman of the Year - Yancey Duckett - Oakland City University

First Team
Nigel Munson, Jr., G - University of D.C.
Brandon Herbert, Jr., G - University of D.C.
Robert Wilson, So., F - Urbana University
Paul Harrison, Jr., F - North Greenville
Greg Rice, Jr., F - Central State

Second Team
Wesley Jones, Sr., G - Central State
Jonathan Lawrence, Sr., G - Palm Beach Atlantic
Jared Maners, Sr., G - Oakland City University
Jamie Newton, Sr., G - Washington Adventist
David Wood, Sr., G - Palm Beach Atlantic

Third Team
Gerald Campbell, Jr., F - Central State
Luke Lattimer, Jr., F - North Greenville
Khalid Martin, Sr., F - Washington Adventist
Sharif Muhammad Jr., Jr., F - Urbana University
Eric Peguero, Sr., G - Washington Adventist

All-Freshman Team
Philip Izevbehai, Fr., G - University of D.C.
Ziad Ashmawy, Fr., F - University D.C.
Chris Dean, Fr., G - North Greenville
Yancey Duckett, Fr., G - Oakland City University
Billy Newton, Fr., F - Oakland City University

 

May 18, 2011 - Coach Sandifar's Camp of Champions to be Held June 26-30

Dr. Mike Sandifar, head men's basketball coach at Oakland City University, will host his annual Camp of Champions June 26-30. The camp is open to players in grades 6-12. The cost for the camp is $215 per player and includes meals, a camp t-shirt, awards, instruction and insurance. More information may be found in the camp brochure (print and mail for registration) or by contacting Coach Sandifar.

Mar. 19, 2011 - Oakland City Finishes Year By Beating #7 Southeastern University to Finish Fifth at NCCAA National Tournament; Maners Named All-American

Jared Maners, Jeremiah Mitchell and Hunter Elliott finished their collegiate careers with a win on Saturday in the consolation championship of the 2011 NCCAA Division I National Tournament, beating the seventh ranked Southeastern University Fire 61-56. It was the twentieth win for the season, matching their mark from last season, and finishing fifth in the tournament, two places above last year. Maners was named NCCAA Division I First Team All-American, the ninth season in a row Coach Sandifar's team has had a player honored at that level. Last season, Nate Schumacher received the honor and the season before Brandon Hopf was named to the First Team.

After taking a ten point lead into the locker room at 32-22, the FIre opened the second half with a 11-2 run to trail by just one point at 34-33 with just under thirteen minutes to play. Yancey Duckett connected on a three-pointer to extend the lead to four, but the Fire responded by scoring the next nine points to take a five point advantage at 42-37 with less than ten minuets to go. Mitch Stahl scored the Oaks' next six points, pulling the score even at 43-43 with a pair of free throws. The Oaks regained the lead on a pair of foul shots by Eric Head, making the score 47-46 in favor of the home team with three and a half minutes remaining. The Oaks held the lead the rest of the way thanks to their free throw shooting.

Jared Maners scored a game-high 23 points, finishing his career with 1,050 points. Jeremiah Mitchell scored just two points in the game, but grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Yancey Duckett added 12 points to go along with his team-high two steals and joined Mitch Stahl to lead the team with three assists each. Eric Head scored an additional 11 points in the win.

Southeastern was led by Malcolm Pollock's 12 points and eight rebounds. Chris Patterson came off the bench to score 10 points. John Williams scored seven points while pulling down eight rebounds and handing out three assists with two blocked shots. Nate Marshall set a school record in the game, scoring over 2,000 points in his career, and had eight in the game to go with his game-high six steals.

For the game, the Oaks shot just 37.2% from the field, 16-43, but made 42.9% of their three point attempts, going 9-21 from long range. Southeastern made just 35.1% of their shots, shooting 20-57, including just 17.6% from three point range, making just three of their 17 attempts. The difference in the game was free throws. Oakland City made 76.9% of their tries, making 20-26. Jared Maners (9-9), Mitch Stahl (4-4), Eric Head (2-2) and Randy Leintz (1-1) each made all of their freebies. The Fire hit just 52% of their attempts, going 13-25.

#1 seeded Dallas Baptist University beat #2 Spring Arbor University in the championship game 78-64. Willie Pickvet and DJ Baisden from SAU, and Nick Fox and Braxton Adamson from DBU, along with Clarence Smith of third place #3 King College, were named to the all-tournament team.

Mar. 18, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Advance to Fifth Place Game by Winning Thriller Over #5 Hope International University at NCCAA National Tournament

Oakland City hit the floor against the fifth seeded Royals of Hope International University from Fulerton, California, in the consolation semifinals of the NCCAA Division I National Tournament on Friday. After taking a 31-21 lead into halftime, the Oaks held on to win by the score of 54-53, advancing to the fifth place game, guaranteeing them a better finish than last season.

Jared Maners started the scoring in the game by hitting one of two free throws. The Royals scored the next four points to take a three point lead at 4-1. The Oaks responded by going on a 12-5 run to lead by six at 13-7. They built as much as a 12 point lead, held at 31-19 with one and a half minutes to go in the half, but a pair of free throws from HIU's David Wedge were the last scored in the half, giving the Oaks a 10 point lead at 31-21 heading into the locker room.

Oakland City increased their lead to 14 at 36-22 early in the second period, but the Royals cut it to just five points with a run of 11-2. OCU maintained a double-digit lead at 49-39 with just over seven minutes to play, but Hope International refused to go away, scoring 10 of the next twelve points to trail by only two at 51-49 with three and a half minutes left. Jared Maners responded by hitting his only three of the game to stretch the lead back to five points with three minutes left. The Oaks failed to score for the rest of the game, but their defense proved up to the challenge as they held the Royals to just four more points. Mitch Stahl had his second block of the game, knocking away a layup that would have given the Royals their first lead of the second half with just 11 seconds left. But Oakland City went on to win 54-53.

Eric Head was the team's leading scorer for the second straight game, putting up 15 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Jared Maners added 12 and Mitch Stahl came off the bench to score 10. Jeremiah Mitchell failed to score in the game, but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Head had four steals and Stahl blocked two shots, both game-highs. Yancey Duckett scored eight points while joining Maners with three assists apiece to lead the team.

The Royals were led in scoring by Jeremy Kilgore's 23 point effort, followed by nine points off the bench from David Wedge. Orlando Collins scored six points while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds.

For the game, the Oaks shot just 38.6% from the field, going 22-57 on the day, but connected on 46.7% of their attempts from three-point range, making 7-15. They shot a mere six free throws, making three. The Royals made 45.5% from the floor, making 20-44, including 44.4% of their three-point efforts, making 4-9. They struggled mightily from the foul line, making just 40.9%, or 9-22.

The Oaks move on to face the #7 seed Southeastern University Fire on Saturday, March 19, in the fifth place game. Tipoff is set for 4:00 PM CST.

Mar. 17, 2011 - Oakland City's Upset of #1 Dallas Baptist Falls Just Short at NCCAA Division I National Tournament; Maners scores 1,000th Point as a Mighty Oak

The eighth seeded Mighty Oaks faced the top seeded Dallas Baptist University Patriots expected to lose by double-digits. The Oaks trailed by a mere two points at the half, with the score set at 35-33, and went on to fall just short, losing 79-73. Jared Maners entered the game with 996 points in an OCU uniform and scored 19 points, bringing his total to 1,015.

After blocking DBU's first two shots, the Oaks struck first on a three-point shot from Eric Head. The Patriots struck back with a 15-6 run to lead by six points. The teams traded baskets until the score stood at 20-14, the Patriots leading by six. Jared Maners scored six straight points, tying the score, and Randy Leintz stole the ball and rushed ahead for an easy layup to give OCU back the lead at 22-20 with just over six minutes to play. The teams traded baskets most of the rest of the first half. Eric Head's three-pointer with just under one minute on the clock gave OCU a two point advantage at 33-31. When Nick Fox made a layup to tie the score, Armie Lewis stole the inbounds pass and scored to give DBU a two point lead heading into halftime, the score reading 35-33 in favor of the Patriots.

Head opened the second half with a three, giving the lead back to the Oaks, but Dallas Baptist gained a three-point lead at 41-38. Hunter Elliott's three-pointer brought the score even, but DBU went on an 8-0 run after that. Their lead grew to as many as 15 points, held at 68-53 with just under seven minutes to play. Oakland City was able to score the next nine points to bring the deficit down to just six at 68-62. The Patriots built the lead back up to ten at 72-62, but OCU scored the next seven points, extending their run to 18-6. However, that was as close as the Oaks would come as Yancey Duckett's attempt to tie the game came up short and the favored Patriots took the win by just six points, 79-73.

Jared Maners scored his 1,000th point as a Mighty Oak on two free-throws with 9:47 to play in the first half en route to scoring 19 points on the night, including 11-12 free-throw shots while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Eric Head scored a season-high 25 points, going 6-12 from beyond the three-point arc. Yancey Duckett scored seven despite playing just 21 minutes after getting into early foul trouble. Kendall Wittmer came off the bench to score six in the loss. Mitch Stahl blocked three shots while Duckett and Head each had two blocks of their own. Maners handed out five assists, a game-high.

The Patriots were led in scoring by Nick Fox's 23 points. Braxton Adamson added 15 points, followed by the double-double effort from Jordan McGowen, who put up 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Oaks shot 41.1% from the floor in the game, going 23-56. They connected on 48% of their three-point attempts, making 12-25. Dallas Baptist made 50.9% from the floor, going 27-53 for the game, including 40% from three, or 6-15. The Oaks hit 15-18 free-throw attempts, an average of 83.3%, while DBU hit 19-28, or 67.9% of their attempts. The Oaks were outscored 32-18 in the paint, 15-8 in points off turnovers and 10-2 in second chance points, but they led in fast break points 4-2 and in bench scoring 15-14.

The Oaks fall into the losers bracket, carrying a record of 18-12, and square off against #5 Hope International University from Fulerton, California, on Friday, March 18, in the Johnson Center at 3:00 PM CST.

Feb. 26, 2011 - The Mighty Oaks Seniors End the Regular Season By Beating St. Louis Christian

Oakland City hosted the St. Louis Christian College men's basketball team for Senior Day, winning the by score of 102-56. The Oaks hit the first 15 shots of the second half en route to a 62-31 point win in the second period.

Hunter Elliott led the way for the Mighty Oaks, notching a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jared Maners fell only a couple stats shy of a triple-double, scoring 21 points, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out eight assists. Jeremiah Mitchell recorded a career-high in rebounds by pulling down 17 while scoring 13 for a double-double of his own. Eric Head scored 17 points and Billy Newton scored 10 off the bench as the only other Mighty Oaks to reach double figures. Yancey Duckett came off the bench to hand out seven assists and block four shots while recording six points, all in the second half.

The Soldiers were led in scoring by Donald Stribling's 21 points. Stribling notched a double-double of his own by pulling down 13 rebounds. Jordan Caulclasure scored 11 points off the bench and Japeth Bear put up 10 points.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot 54.4% (43-79), going 36.4% from beyond the three-point arc (4-11), and 63.2% from the free-throw line. The Saints went 30.7% (23-75) the field including 18-5% (5-27) from three-point range and just 31.3% from the free-throw line (5-16).

The Mighty Oaks enter the post-season with a record of 17-10 and will play next in the NCCAA Division-I Mid-East Regional tournament.

Feb. 19, 2011 - NCAA D-II #4 Alabama-Huntsville Proves too Much for the Mighty Oaks

The Mighty Oaks took a six game winning streak into Saturday's game against the #4 ranked team in the NCAA D-II Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville. After scoring the first basket of the game on Eric Head's three-pointed, the Oaks gave up the next 14 points before scoring again and never regained the lead, losing by the score of 88-60.

Eric Head scored a team-high 15 points, followed by Jared Maners, who put up 11 points. Yancey Duckett and Randy Leintz each posted nine points to the Mighty Oaks' score. Head was also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing six missed shots. Maners and Duckett each handed out three assists and Philip Schumacher stole the ball three times.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot just 34.6% from the field, 18-52, including 26.9% from three-point range, or 7-26. From the free-throw line, Oakland City shot 77.3%, going 17-22.

The Chargers were led by Tyler Hanback's 16 points, followed by Xavier Baldwin's 15 points, Jaime Smith, with 13, and Josh Magette, who scored 10 points. Elliott Jones grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Magette and Smith each handed out six assists to lead their team.

Oakland City dropped to 16-10 on the season. Their next game is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, in the Johnson Center against St. Louis Christian. As the final home game of the regular season, the seniors will be honored.

Feb. 12, 2011 - Oaks Prevail Despite Shooting Struggles and Avenge Early Loss to Logan

Two players from Logan University scored 20 plus points, but Oakland City held on to win 73-63 and avenge their loss from the third game of the season. OCU shot just 27-74 from the field, for 36.5%, including 7-24 from three-point range, or 29.2%. Logan shot 44.8% (26-58) and 37.5% from three-point range (6-16), but the Oaks were 12-14 from the free-throw line versus just 5-8 for Logan University.

In the first half, the lead changed hands 14 times and there were four ties as both teams struggled to gain a sizable advantage. Neither team led by more than seven points in the half, a lead held by Logan at 26-19 with 7:21 to play and again at 28-21 with 5:47 left on the clock. The Mighty Oaks ended the half on a 16-6 run to take a 37-34 lead into the locker room.

Oakland City continued their scoring run in the second half, putting up 10 points while Logan posted just two in the opening three minutes of the period. OCU slowly gained more of an advantage until they held a 19 point lead at 69-50 with five and a half minutes left. Logan finished the game on a 13-4 scoring run but ran out of time with the score ending in Oakland City's favor 73-63.

Jared Maners led the team in scoring yet again with 21 points, followed by Hunter Elliott's 11. Jeremiah Mitchell pulled down a team-high seven rebounds but scored only two points on 1-3 shooting. He had entered the game having not missed a field goal attempt in his previous three games, going 5-5, 3-3 and 2-2. Randy Leintz came off the bench to score eight points to go along with his team-high five assists. Phil Schumacher played 17 minutes and scored two points, grabbed five rebounds and had a career high five steals.

Logan was led by Matt Palm's 25 points, followed by Jordan Hawkins with 21 and Justin Baker, who scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while blocking four shots.

Oakland City improved to 16-9 on the year while winning their sixth straight game. Their next opponent is the University of Alabama-Huntsville who beat the Mighty Oaks 81-58 earlier this season. Gametime is set for Saturday, February 19, at 3:00 PM CST in the Johnson Center.

Feb. 9, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Hold Off Pesky Rams of Temple Baptist College

Jared Maners scored 30 points and handed out seven assists while stealing the ball three times, a By the Cup Player of the Game performance, as the Mighty Oaks held off the Rams of Temple Baptist College, beating them for the second time this season.

The first matchup ended with the Mighty Oaks winning 99-42. This time the game was much closer, with the Mighty Oaks leading by only four points with just over fifteen minutes left to play in the second half. Oakland City then went on a 32-10 run and pulled away for good, finishing with the final score reading 90-64.

Following Maners in scoring was Billy Newton, who put up 12 points, and Mitch Stahl, who added 11 points, both players coming off the bench. Stahl also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Yancey Duckett scored six points, rebounded the ball eight times and handed out five assists before fouling out.

Temple Baptist was led in scoring by Robbie Smythe's 18 points, followed by ten points each from Aric Watson and Paul Griffin. Steve Rimmer, who did not play in the last matchup, scored nine points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while blocking four shots.

For the game, the Oaks shot 50% from the field, 33-66, but shot only 33% from three-point range, 7-21, and 65.4% from the free-throw line, 17-26. The Rams shot 49%, 25-51 from the field, including 27.3% from three, 3-11, and 55% from the line, 11-20. Oakland City outscored Temple Baptist 22-9 in second chance points and 35-13 in points off the bench, helping earn the Oaks their 15th win of the year.

The Mighty Oaks next face Logan University as they look to avenge an early-season loss. Gametime is set for 3:00 PM CST in the Johnson Center on Saturday, February 12.

Feb. 5, 2011 - Oakland City Beats Heritage Baptist Behind Duckett's Double-Double

Yancey Duckett fell three rebounds short of a triple-double as the Mighty Oaks cruised to an easy victory in the Johnson Center over the visiting Heritage Baptist College, 109-47.

Jared Maners was the leading scorer for the Oaks with 19 points in only 16 minutes of action. Duckett added 13 points to go along with his career-high 11 assists and team-high seven rebounds and four steals. Eric Head, back in the starting line-up after coming off the bench for a few games, scored 13 points and Jeremiah Mitchell scored 11 points on 3-3 shooting. Phil Schumacher scored 10 points off the bench as the Mighty Oaks took an easy victory and improved to 14-9 on the season.

Heritage Baptist was led in scoring by Michael Pierson's 14 points, followed by the double-double of Matt Harris, who notched 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Bryon Sutton scored 10 points in a losing effort as the Soldiers fell to 1-4 on the year.

The Mighty Oaks shot 9-15 from three-point range, 60%, helping them shoot 64.3% for the game. They also outrebounded Heritage Baptist 45-28. OCU outscored their opponent 22-0 on fast-break points, 32-0 in points off turnovers, 45-3 in bench scoring and 64-20 in the paint.

The Mighty Oaks next play Temple Baptist on Wednesday, February 9, in the Johnson Center at 7:00 PM CST.

Jan. 29, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Beat Mavericks for Second Time this Season

As homecoming was rapidly approaching, Coach Sandifar needed to find an opponent to fill the game vacated by Ohio State University-Marion, who decided to cut their program for the semester. Ohio State University-Mansfield stepped up to play in the homecoming game, despite losing in the Johnson Center earlier this season by the score of 124-59. This time, the Oaks proved to be too much for the Mavericks again, but the score was not as lopsided, finishing at 116-69.

Five Mighty Oaks scored in double figures, led by Jared Maners, who put up 22 points, followed by Randy Leintz, with 17 points off the bench. Jeremiah Mitchell, who shot 12-12 from the field in their last meeting, went a perfect 5-5 this time, scoring 15 points. Billy Newton added 11 and Kendall Wittmer scored 10 as every healthy Mighty Oak scored in the game. Phil Schumacher grabbed 12 rebounds, a game-high, while scoring six points in 12 minutes. Maners, Wittmer and Yancey Duckett each had five assists, while Leintz stole the ball five times. The Oaks committed only 10 fouls in the game as opposed to the 21 called on the Mavericks of Ohio State-Mansfield.

The Mavericks were led in scoring by Stephan Brown's 24, followed by Jamall Marsh, who added 11 points in a losing effort. Brown was also the team's leader in rebounds with five. Davyne Davis dished out seven assists in their loss.

Former OCU baseball standout Brad Wibbeler was recognized prior to the game as the 2011 inductee into the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Mighty Oaks next game will be on February 5 in the Johnson Center in a rematch against Heritage Baptist College. The Oaks won their first meeting of the year 91-38. Gametime is set for 3:00 PM CST.

Jan. 22, 2011 - Six Score in Double Figures as OCU Men Cruise Past Temple Baptist

Oakland City University hosted the Rams of Temple Baptist College on Saturday, January 22, in the Johnson Center, winning by the score of 99-42. Last season, the Oaks beat the Rams twice, 103-80 on January 23, and 74-50 on February 27. This year, the task was easier, due to the fact that the Rams best player, Milen Kostov suffered a game-ending elbow injury in the first six minutes of the game, after having his layup blocked by Hunter Elliott. Kostov's absence allowed the Oaks to hold Temple Baptist to a mere 20 points in the first half, followed by only 22 in the second half on their way to the win.

Jared Maners scored a game-high 24 points in the win, including 19 in the first half. Eric Head added 15 points against his former teammates, followed by Hunter Elliott and Randy Leintz with 12 points each. Yancey Duckett and Philip Schumacher each scored 10 points, helping the Oaks to victory. Duckett was the team leader in assists with five, as well as steals with two. Schumacher grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while playing just 13 minutes, all in the first half.

For the game, the Oaks shot 39-70 from the field, including 8-17 from three-point range. The Oaks also hit 13-21 free-throws, including their last nine attempts. Temple Baptist shot only 17-56 from the field, including 4-17 from three-point range. The Rams went to the free-throw line 15 times, but hit only four of their attempts. As a team, the Might Oaks tied a season-high by pulling down 56 rebounds, compared to Temple Baptist's 26.

The Oaks' next game will be on January 26 when they travel to face the Eutectics of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Gametime is set for 7:00 PM CST.

Jan. 15, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Upset Falls Just Short at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Mighty Oaks traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, to take on the Tritons of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, looking to improve on their 10-8 record. The Tritons came into the game with a record of 9-5, sitting atop their division in the conference. Oakland City led most of the first ten minutes of the game, but the size and speed of the Tritons proved too much for the Oaks to overcome, and UMSL won 65-51 in what Coach Sandifar called "the best officiated game we have played in Great Lakes Valley Conference."

Jared Maners and Billy Newton each scored 12 points to lead the Oaks. Maners shot 5-14 from the field, including 2-6 from three-point range, and Newton shot 2-5 from the floor, but was sent to the free-throw line 10 times, making eight. Kendall Wittmer and Phillip Schumacher, both coming off the bench, each scored nine points in the loss. Schumacher led the team in rebounding with eight boards. Hunter Elliott dished out a team-best three assists, while Jeremiah Mitchell stole the ball twice to lead the team in 25 minutes of play in which he did not attempt a field goal.

The Oaks were short on players as Yancey Duckett missed the game with a leg injury, and Mitch Stahl and Randy Leintz each were battling illness. Stahl managed to play 20 minutes, scoring just two points, and Leintz played just three minutes.

The Tritons were led in scoring by Justyn Watkins, who put 12 points on the scoreboard, followed by Eli Weigley and Jamarcus Williams, who each scored 10 points coming off the bench. Kevin Dwyer pulled down 11 rebounds in the game, his career best.

The Oaks' next opponent will be the Rams of Temple Baptist College, on January 22, in the Johnson Center. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 PM CST.

Jan. 12, 2011 - Coach Sandifar Earns 600th Career Victory as Oaks Improve to 10-8

Coach Mike Sandifar earned his 600th career victory as a coach, including high school and college records, as they Oaks cruised past the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible on Wednesday night in the Johnson Center. The final score of 72-38 was the best defensive effort by the Oaks this season as they allowed only 19 points in each half.

Eric Head, returning to the starting lineup in place of the injured Billy Newton, led the way in scoring for the second consecutive game, notching 21 points on 7-12 shooting, including 5-8 from three-point range, while playing only 20 minutes. Yancey Duckett, making his second start in a row, was the only other Oaks player in double figures with 10 points. Jeremiah Mitchell and Phillip Schumacher each grabbed a team-high in rebounds with six each. Jared Maners scored just six points, a season low, but dished out five assists, a game-high. Duckett also stole the ball four times, the tenth time he has led the team in that category.

The Saints were led in scoring by Jonas Stillings, who totaled 13 points on 4-18 shooting, followed by Kris Holford, who scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. For the game, the Saints shot just 15-46 from the field, for 32.6%, including a dismal 2-16 from three-point range, or 12.5%. Oakland City shot the ball only slightly better, going 27-72 from the field for 37.5%, including 9-30 from beyond the arc, or 30%. The Oaks were called for only seven fouls in the game, a season low. Oakland City also outrebounded their opponents 48-29, helping them earn their tenth win of the year.

The Oaks' next opponent will be the Tritons of the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday, January 15, in St. Louis, Missouri. Game time for that matchup will be 3:00 PM CST.

Jan. 8, 2011 - Oaks Put Up a Fight, But Fall at #11 Alabama-Huntsville

The Oakland City University men's basketball team traveled to Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday, January 8, to face the eleventh ranked Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Last year, the Chargers beat the Oaks 78-71 on January 2. This time, the Chargers, who took the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to double overtime in the preseason, were ranked #11 in the country and had most of last season's team back for this year's campaign. The Oaks put up a fight, but in the end were unable to keep pace, losing by the score of 81-58.

After trailing by as many as nine point early in the first half, the Mighty Oaks cut the lead to three on Mitch Stahl's jumper, with the score at 23-20 in favor of the Chargers. However, UAH finished the half on a 15-6 run to take a 12 point advantage into the locker room at 38-26.

The Chargers continued to build upon their lead in the second half, pulling ahead by as many as 22 points at 62-40. The Oaks went on a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 16 at 66-50, but the comeback fell short and the Chargers went on the win by 23 at 81-58.

Eric Head came off the bench to pace the visiting Oaks with 13 points on 4-6 shooting, including 3-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Yancey Duckett, starting for the first time five games, scored nine points, followed by Jared Maners and Kendall Wittmer, who each added eight points. Maners was also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing six missed shots. Alabama-Huntsville was led by Josh Magette's 17 points, followed by Tyler Hanback and Xavier Baldwin, who each scored 13, and Elliott Jones, who scored 12. Josh Yost and Baldwin each grabbed a game-high seven rebounds in their win.

OCU will next play Central Christian College of the Bible in the Johnson Center on January 12 at 8:00 PM CST.

Jan. 4, 2011 - Men's Basketball Continues to Roll with Resounding Win over Boyce

Oakland City's men's basketball team is coming together as their youth begins to fade and who were freshmen can hardly still be considered as such. The Mighty Oaks took on the Bulldogs of Boyce College, from Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday in the Johnson Center, cruising to an easy victory at 85-40 and improving to 9-7 on the year.

Jared Maners was again the Oaks' leading scorer, tallying 20 points in only 21 minutes of action. Billy Newton and Kendall Wittmer each scored 10 as every player who hit the floor scored a point for the Oaks, except for Yancey Duckett, who, with Hunter Elliott, dished out a game-leading five assists while playing just 13 minutes. Ike Worrell, playing for the first time, started the game in his first action as a collegiate player, scored two points, grabbed two rebounds, notching two steals, handing out one assist and blocking a team-high, along with Eric Head, two shots in 16 minutes. Jeremiah Mitchell got out of his rebounding funk to grab 13, even though he scored only eight points in 29 minutes of action.

For the game, the Oaks shot over 50% for the third straight contest, all wins, this time going a solid 53.7% from the floor on 36-67 shooting, including 8-22 from three-point range. There were only 12 total fouls called in the game, of which only five were called on the Bulldogs, resulting in only seven free-throw attempts, and the Oaks made five of them count.

Boyce was led in scoring by Matt Powell with 13 points, followed by Jordan Doenges with eight. Tim Arndt, Blake Rogers and Kory Luebke each grabbed five rebounds to lead their team. Powell also led the team in assists with four, while Luebke blocked a game-high three shots. The Oaks held Boyce to just 16-51 shooting, 31.4%, including 4-19 from three-point range. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 22 times verses only 12 such errors by the Mighty Oaks, who improved to 9-7 with their win.

The Mighty Oaks next contest will be in Hunstville, Alabama, on January 8 when they take on the #4 ranked Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville at 5:15 PM. The Oaks then return home to take on Central Christian College of the Bible on January 12 at 8:00 PM CST.

Dec. 31, 2010 - Mighty Oaks Need Overtime, Two Thirty Point Scorers, to Beat Riverhawks

The Mighty Oaks hosted the Riverhawks of West Virginia University-Parkersburg for the second straight day. OCU won the first game 103-65, but WV-Parkersburg played more under control and shot much better to give the Oaks a scare, forcing overtime, but the Mighty Oaks prevailed 96-88.

After taking a 40-34 lead into halftime, the Mighty Oaks jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second half. The Riverhawks slowly chipped into the lead, even taking the lead by one point with only a few minutes remaining on the clock. The two teams traded baskets until the score was tied up at 79-79 with 26 seconds to go and Oakland City having the ball. Coach Sandifar called time-out with 16 seconds left to try and win the game. Jared Maners took a jumper in the lane with just over a second on the clock, but it hit off the rim and into a Riverhawk player's hands as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, the Mighty Oaks shot 4-4 from the field and 8-10 from the free-throw line and held off the Riverhawks to take a 96-88 victory and improve to 8-7 on the year. Jared Maners was the game's leading scorer with 33 points, followed by Mitch Stahl's 32. Randy Leintz came off the bench to add 13 points and Yancey Duckett scored eight. Jeremiah Mitchell, double-teamed for much of the night, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while scoring just four points. Maners tallied a double-double by dishing out 11 assists, while Leintz and Duckett each had four steals. The Riverhawks had all five starters score in double figures, led by Alex Tracewell's 24 points on 8-13 shooting including 7-11 from three-point range. Keith Penn scored 20, followed by Rodney Shaver's 15 and Camaron Lancaster and Brandon Roe, who each scored 10 points in a losing effort. Peen grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and Tracewell had two steals.

For the game, the Mighty Oaks shot 37-67 from the field, a 55.2% average, and 18-23 from the line for 78.3%. The Riverhawks connected on 33-61 shots, or 54.1%, including 9-18 from three-point range for 50%, and 13-18 from the line for 72.2%.

Oakland City's next game will be on Tuesday, January 4, as they host Boyce College in the Johnson Center at 7:00 PM CST.

Dec. 30, 2010 - OCU Men Improve to 7-7 on the Year by Beating WV-Parkersburg

After more than a week of rest for Christmas break, the Mighty Oaks hosted the Riverhawks of West Virginia University-Parkersburg, winning by the score of 103-65.

The Oaks scored 39 points off turnovers and 20 points of fastbreak opportunities compared to the Riverhawks 16 and nine points respectively in what proved to be a relatively easy win for OCU. The Oaks' bench outscored the Riverhawks' 43-6 and the Oaks improved to 7-7 on the season.

Jared Maners scored 18 points to pace the Oaks, followed by Hunter Elliott's 16, all in the first half, Mitch Stahl's 15 and Randy Leintz, who added 11. Jeremiah Mitchell and Yancey Duckett each grabbed five rebounds to lead the Oaks. Duckett also dished out seven assists, trailing only Maner's total of nine for the game, while stealing the ball eight times. Duckett's steal total for the game tied that of Mervyn Clarke (11/27/07 vs. Ozark Christian) for the second highest total in a single game, trailing only Josh Maggard's 11 steal night against Central Christian College of the Bible on January 13 of last season.

The Riverhawks were led in scoring by Keith Penn, who tallied 23 points while also grabbing 17 rebounds, both game-highs. Rodney Shaver added 16 points while Camaron Lancaster scored seven to go with his 10 points and a game-high nine blocked shots. Alex Tracewell stole the ball five times while scoring nine points in a losing effort.

Oakland City will again face the Riverhawks in the Johnson center in the second game of their double-header on Friday, December 31, at 3:00 PM CST.

Dec. 19, 2010 - Oaks Lose in Heartbreaker to Ohio University-Chillicothe

The Mighty Oaks played host to the Hilltoppers of Ohio University-Chillicothe on Sunday afternoon in the Johnson Center, falling 63-62 after leading all but 28 seconds in the first half.

After taking a 31-26 halftime advantage, Jared Maners scored the first bucket of the second half to give the Oaks a seven point advantage. After each team scored again, the Oaks led at 35-28. The Hilltoppers then went on 14-2 run to take a 42-37 lead. The Oaks responded with a 12-2 run to take the lead at 49-44. The teams traded baskets until the game was locked up at 61-61 with just over one minute to play. Oakland City's Yancey Duckett missed a three-point shot with 34 seconds on the clock, which was rebounded by OU-Chillicothe's Clay Roll. After a timeout, the Hilltoppers came down the floor and Roll made an off-balanced shot while being fouled by Duckett with only eight seconds to play. After Duckett rebounded his missed shot, the Oaks took a timeout to set up a play. Chillicothe's John Danicki fouled Jared Maners with less than one second remaining and the Oaks down by two. Maners made the first of his two free-throws, but was off target on the second, and the Oaks fell to the Hilltoppers 63-62.

OCU was led in scoring by Jared Maners, who put up 16 points, followed by Billy Newton and Mitch Stahl, who scored 12 each, and Jeremiah Mitchell, who added 11. The leading rebounder for the Oaks was Newton, who pulled down 8 boards. Maners dished out five assists, while Yancey Duckett stole the ball three times and blocked two shots. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by Josh Kellough's 19, followed by Anthony Gilbert's 18 and Clay Roll's 14 points. John Danicki grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead OU-Chillicothe in those categories. For the game, the Oaks had only four turnovers, verses 12 by the Hilltoppers. The Mighty Oaks were outrebounded 42-31, which proved to be the difference in the ball game. Duckett was also the only OCU player to connect from the three-point line, shooting 2-6 while the rest of the team went 0-4 from beyond the arc. Neither team shot well from the free-throw line, OCU going 6-11 and OUC connecting on only 5-11.

Up next for the Oaks is a two game series against West Virginia-Parkersburg on December 30-31 in the Johnson Center. The games are set to tip off at 7:00 PM and 3:00 PM CST.

Dec. 18, 2010 - Mighty Oaks Pull Even on the Year with Lopsided Win Over Heritage Baptist

Oakland City hosted Heritage Baptist College in the Johnson Center on Saturday afternoon, beating the Eagles easily 91-38. It was HBC's first game of the year, while OCU improved to 6-6 on the year with their victory.

Each of the Mighty Oaks put points on the board, led by Jeremiah Mitchell, who scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Oaks to victory. Hunter Elliott added 11 and Kendall Wittmer and Alfredo Aquino each scored 10. Aquino also grabbed eight rebounds, tallying a career high in both categories. Billy Newton scored eight while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Jared Maners dished out seven assists, while Yancey Duckett stole the ball three times while joining Mitch Stahl for a game-high two blocked shots. The Oaks shot 53.8% from the field despite shooting only 21.1% from the three-point line.

Heritage Baptist was led by Matt Harris, who tallying a double-double by scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards. Justin Surface added eight points and seven rebounds to a losing effort.

The Oaks next square off against Ohio University-Chillicothe on Sunday, December 19, at 3:00 PM in the Johnson Center.

Dec. 16, 2010 - OCU Improves to 5-6 with Impressive Victory Over St. Louis Christian

Freshman Yancey Duckett took the opening tipoff in for a layup only three seconds into the game as the Oaks too a wire to wire lead all the way through the game, beating St. Louis Christian College in Florissant, Missouri, on Thursday night, 85-52.

Hunter Elliott hit his first three shots from beyond the three point arc, all coming in the first four minutes of the game before he left after nine minutes with a thigh injury, as the Oaks connected on five of their first six field goal attempts en route to a comfortable lead in the first half, pushing it to as much as 18. The Soldiers cut the lead to 10 at 36-26, but Oakland City scored the final six points of the half, thanks to back to back threes by Mitch Stahl and Jared Maners, to give the Oaks a 16 point halftime advantage.

OCU continued to dominate in the second half, keeping SLCC at least 20 points from their total nearly the entire period. The Oaks kept increasing their lead, even after Coach Sandifar replaced much of his starting lineup, pushing it to as many as 36 points, held at 85-49 with twenty-eight seconds left. SLCC’s Jordan Caulclasure hit a three with 17 seconds left as the game ended with the Oaks on top 85-52.

Senior Jared Maners led the Oaks in scoring with 24 points, followed by freshman Kendall Wittmer’s 11. Seniors Jeremiah Mitchell and Hunter Elliott, along with freshman Yancey Duckett, each added 9. Mitchell also pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds while tying with Duckett and Maners for a team-high 3 steals. Mitchell, Maners, Duckett and freshman Mitch Stahl each had three assists helping the Oaks improve to 5-6 on the year while the Soldiers dropped to 0-14. St. Louis Christian College was led by Cory McCormick, who totaled 26 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots in their loss.

Oakland City will look to get to an even record for the first time this season as the take on Heritage Baptist College in the Johnson Center on Saturday, December 18, at 3:00 PM CST.

Dec. 11, 2010 - Mighty Oaks Improve to 4-5 by Beating Cougars of OU-Lancaster

The Mighty Oaks fed off strong rebounding and aggressive defense to beat the Ohio University-Lancaster Cougars 81-56 on Saturday afternoon in the Johnson Center.

Much like the women's game, and contrary to their trend so far this season, the Mighty Oaks jumped out on the Cougars early, scoring the first eight points of the game on their way to building a 13-2 advantage in the first six minutes of the game. Their lead continued to increase, thanks to hot shooting by the Oaks, until OCU led by 16 at 22-6 with eleven minutes left in the half. The Cougars responded with a 14-5 run to cut the lead to single digits at 27-20 with four and a half minutes on the clock. Brandon Amann's jumper with one minute remaining brought the Cougars within five, but Billy Newton made two free throws to close out the half with the Oaks leading by seven at 35-28.

After OCU's Yancey Duckett and Newton each scored to open the second half, the Oaks gained control for the remainder of the contest, continuing to build on their lead. As a team, the Oaks shot a blistering 60% from the floor in the second half while going 3-6 from three-point ranger and 13-18 from the free throw line.

Jared Maners led the Oaks in their victory, tallying a game-high 25 points. Hunter Elliott scored 13 and Billy Newton added 11 as the Oaks proved too much for the Cougars. Jeremiah Mitchell put only nine points on the board, but came away with a game-high 13 rebounds for the sixth straight game. Newton blocked two shots and Maners and freshman Yancey Duckett each had three steals, all game-highs. OU-Lancaster was led by Brandon Amann, who scored 17 points and grabbed 9 boards. Zac Cordle added 10 points to a losing effort.

Oakland City improved to 4-5 on the year and will travel to Indiana State University on Sunday to face the Sycamores at 2:30 PM CST.

Dec. 4, 2010 - Oaks Get Win Despite Continued Struggles from the Line

Oakland City University hosted the Preachers of Concordia Seminary on Saturday afternoon in the Johnson Center, winning 74-42. Jeremiah Mitchell led the team in both scoring and rebounding for the second straight game in the Oaks' third win of the season.

The Preachers jumped out to an early eight point lead in the first ten minutes of the game at 17-9. The Oaks responded by slowly chipping away the lead until the score was tied at 23-23, and proceeded to finish the first half on a 10-2 run to take an eight point lead into the locker room with the score standing at 33-25.

In the second half, the Might Oaks stepped up their defense, allowing Concordia to make only five field goals on their way to one of their best halves of the season, giving up 17 points while scoring 41 of their own. After going a dismal 8-17 from the free-throw line in the first half, the Oaks followed that up by shooting an even worse 3-7 in the second half for a total of 45.8% on the game, the worst of the year so far. This, after the Oaks had turned around from their early-season woes to shoot no less than 70.6% during their last four games.

Jeremiah Mitchell scored a team-high 15 points while pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Oaks, followed by Jared Maners and Billy Newton, who each scored 12. Maners dished out a game-high seven assists, while Newton blocked two shots and stole the ball three times, both game-highs. Kendall Wittmer and Yancey Duckett, making his first collegiate start, scored eight points each. The Oaks had only seven turnovers, less than their 11 steals and more less than half as many as their 18 assists. Concordia was led by Joshua Keinath's 17 points, Jason Swan's eight rebounds and Wil Stelzer's five assists.

The Oaks are back in action on Saturday, December 11, in the Johnson Center when they square off against Ohio University-Lancaster at 3:00 PM.

Dec. 2, 2010 - Free Throws and Mitchell's 29 points, 16 Boards Help Oaks Get 2nd Win

The Mighty Oaks faced Principia College exactly one year to the day after beating the Panthers in their first ever meeting 75-58. This year, the Oaks were able to pull out the victory, but the margin was much smaller, winning by the scored of 77-70.

The Principia College Panthers jumped out to an early ten-point lead at 16-6 with fourteen minutes on the clock, after the Oaks missed five layups and their first three free throws. But that would not hold true for long as OCU rallied with a 12-3 run to cut the deficit to one point at 19-18 with nine minutes remaining. The Mighty Oaks continued to outscore the Panthers until they held a six point lead at 29-23. Neither team scored in the last 1:51 of the first half, and the Oaks took a five point advantage into the locker room at 35-30.

In the second half, the two teams traded baskets until the Oaks had the lead at 45-38 after five minutes of play. Then a three-point basket by Hunter Elliott and a layup by Jeremiah Mitchell gave Oakland City their largest lead of the game at 50-38. The Panthers responded by going on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to a mere two points and eventually tying the game up at 56-56 with just over eight minutes left to play. OCU built the lead back up to eight points on a tip-in by Billy Newton with two minutes to play at 71-63, but the Panthers' Todd Zimmerman scored seven straight Principia points, cutting the lead to just three at 73-70. Senior Jeremiah Mitchell made six free throws in the final thirty-eight seconds of the game to keep the victory in the hands of the Mighty Oaks, who went on to win by the scored of 77-70.

Mitchell led the way for the Oaks, tallying a double-double in the first half on his way to putting up game-highs in points, with 29, and rebounds, with 16. Mitchell shot 10-14 from the field and, after missing his first free-throw, connected on his last nine. Jared Maners scored 21 for the Oaks while posting a game-high four steals and a team-high five assists. Hunter Elliott scored 13 points and Randy Leintz, seeing his first action in a Mighty Oak uniform, put up eight points. For the game, Oakland City shot 46.9% from the field, including 31.6% from three-point range. Free-throws, which plagued their first three games, brought the Oaks their second victory of the season, thanks to hitting their final 11 in a row to finish at 78.6% for the game at 11-14.

Principia was led in scoring by Todd Zimmerman's 22 points, followed by Colin Angle, who scored 15, and Justin MacDonald, who added 12. Zimmerman also dished out a game-high eight assists while Stanley Beal grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

The Oaks return to action Saturday, December 4, in the Johnson Center, as they take on Concordia (Missouri) Seminary. The game is set to tip at 3:15 PM. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided for every fan, courtesy of Oakland City's Homer McIntosh.

Nov. 20, 2010 - Mitchell Sets School Record in Victory Number One Against OSU-Mansfield

Oakland City University's men's basketball team took on Ohio State University-Mansfield in the Johnson Center on Saturday, looking for their first win of the season after two heart-breaking losses, first to OSU-Lima in double overtime and second against Logan University by a mere seven points. Last season, the Oaks beat the Mavericks of OSU-Mansfield 124-66, their highest point total from a year ago. This year proved to be no different as OCU coasted to a resounding 124-59 win.

The Oaks jumped out to an early lead and never trailed from start to finish. The only tie came at 2-2 with only 25 seconds coming off the clock. Oakland City scored 26 points before the Mavericks reached double figures, putting the game out of reach early. They led by as many as 36 points in the first half, but took a 33 point advantage into the locker room at 58-25. Kendall Wittmer and Jeremiah Mitchell led they way for the Oaks in scoring with 12 points each at the half.

In the second half, Oakland City continued to increase their lead, with their largest of the game standing at 65 points, both at 122-57 and again at the final score of 124-59. OCU improved to 1-3 on the year heading into their Thanksgiving trip to Laie, Hawaii, to face BYU-Hawaii, a team they have yet to beat.

Jeremiah Mitchell scored a game-high 27 points en route to tying the school record for field goal percentage by connecting on each of his twelve attempts, all in only 26 minutes of action. Mitchell also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Oaks were Jared Maners (20), Kendall Wittmer (18), Billy Newton (16), Eric Head (15) and Yancey Duckett (11). Elliott and Duckett each had game-highs in assists with eight apiece, while Duckett notched a high in steals with five. The Mavericks were led in scoring by Curtis Remy, who put home 14 points, followed by Jamall Marsh, who scored 13.

The Mighty Oaks will face BYU-Hawaii November 26 and 27 in Laie, HI, before returning home December 2 to face Principia at 7:00 PM in the Johnson Center.

Nov. 15, 2010 - Mighty Oaks Lost Home Opener to Ohio State University-Lima

The Oakland City University men's basketball team faced the Barons of Ohio State University-Lima, falling in a thrilling double-overtime game 68-67. The Oaks were led in scoring Eric Head, with eighteen points on 6-14 shooting including 3-11 from three point range and 3-4 from the free throw line.

The Oaks fell behind early, trailing by as many as five points at 13-8 before going on an eight point run to take the lead at 16-13. Oakland City held the lead the rest of the first half, however, never by more than five points, and took a four point lead into the locker room at 33-29. Freshmen Billy Newton and Kendall Wittmer led the Oaks at halftime with eight and seven points respectively. The Barons were led in the first half by Lemar Pughsley, who put up thirteen points.

The Barons scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game at 33-33 as part of an 11-3 run that gave OSU-L their largest lead of the game at 41-36. Oakland City responded with a 16-4 run of their own, taking their largest lead of the game at 52-45. With less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Oaks led by seven at 60-53. The Barons scored the last seven points of the period to send the game into overtime with the scored all square at sixty points apiece.

Jared Maners hit a jumper from the left side to open the first overtime period, giving the Oaks a two point advantage. One minute later, Billy Newton's basket gave the Oaks a four point lead with three and a half minutes to play. OSU-L's Marlon Hutchins hit a jumper with just under a minute remaining on the clock. After Maners missed the front-end of a one and one free throw opportunity, the Barons took the ball the length of the floor looking to tie the game. Marlon Hutchins took a jumper in the lane and was fouled by Eric Head with one second left on the clock. He calmly stepped up and hit both free throws to send the game into a second overtime period.

Hunter Elliott scored the first point of overtime number two by hitting one of two free throws. Marlon Hutchins responded by hitting two free throws of his own to give the Barons their first lead in the extra periods. Jared Maners hit a jumper with two minutes on the clock to give the Oaks a one point advantage, but Lemar Pughsley scored with just over one minute remaining to give the Barons what they needed to win. Jeremiah Mitchell had a chance to win the game for the home team with four seconds left, but his shot from the paint was blocked by Hutchins, and the game ended with OSU-L prevailing 68-67.

In their next game, the Oaks travel to Logan University on Thursday, November 18, at 7:00 PM.

Nov. 13, 2010 - MIghty Oaks Open Season With Loss at University of Evansville

Oakland City kicked off the 2010-11 men's basketball season facing the NCAA D-I University of Evansville Purple Aces at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Indiana, on Saturday. Senior forward Jeremiah Mitchell had a solid game, posting team-highs in points, rebounds and steals, but the Aces proved too much and the Oaks fell 82-42.

The Aces scored the first eight points of the game as the Oaks tried to find a rhythm to their offense. Oakland City, playing their first game of the season, returned only one starter from last year's team that finished 20-9 while Evansville brought back four of their top five players from their 2009-10 team, which finished 9-21. UE took their largest lead of the first half into the locker room, with the score 47-15. It was the lowest scoring half for the Oaks in over a decade.

The Mighty Oaks managed to score twelve points more in the second half than they did in the first half, while limiting the Aces to twelve fewer points. However, the University of Evansville proved too great a foe for the Oaks, the final score standing at 82-42.

Kenneth Harris, the lone new starter for the Aces, led all scorers with 21 points, thanks to 7-8 shooting from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line. Also scoring in double figures for the Aces were Jordan Jahr and Ned Cox, each with 11 points. The Oaks were led by Jeremiah Mitchell's 13 points, followed by Mitch Stahl, who scored 10. Mitchell also had a game-high in rebounds, with six. Evansville's Kavon Lacey dished out a game-high 11 assists while being held without a point. OCU's Mitch Stahl and UE's Pieter van Tongeren shared a game-high in blocks with two apiece.

Oakland City returns to action on Monday, November 15, when they host the Ohio State University-Lima Barons in the Johnson Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM CST.

May 20, 2010 - Men's Basketball to Host Summer Camp

Team camp June 27-July 1; Individual Camp July 11-15

 
ABOUT THE CAMP:
The Basketball "Camp of Champions" is a small camp dedicated to providing individual instruction and one-on-one help. Camp numbers are limited to 75 campers during the individual camp week so that we can maintain an individual approach.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Any student 6th grade (2010-11) through 12th grade (2010-11) may attend.
WHAT DOES THE CAMP FEE INCLUDE?
The camp fee includes meals, a camp T-Shirt, awards, individual fundamental periods each day, films, lectures, team play, handout material to take home, & insurance on each camper.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
You will need to bring a supply of sweat socks, shorts, T-Shirts, gym shoes, towels, soap, toothbrush, sheets, blanket & pillow (or sleeping bag), and other camp clothes as desired.
WHAT IS THE FEE?
The fee for the "Camp of Champions" will be $240 for the camp. This includes meals, lodging, T-Shirt, tuition, insurance, and handout material to take home. The fee is $215 for a day camper, which includes all of the above except lodging and breakfast.
WHERE IS THE CAMP HELD?
The 2010 Basketball "Camp of Champions" will be held on the beautiful campus of Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana. Oakland City University has an outstanding facility, including 6 indoor stations (2 full courts), a fitness center, and more...
WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE AND LEAVE?
Campers should check-in in the lobby of Johnson Center between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Camp will conclude Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the conclusion of the camp All-Star Game.
A TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE
6:45-7:15      Rise & Shine
7:05-7:45      Breakfast
7:45-8:00      Tidy Up Room
8:00-8:45      Lectures & Film
8:45-11:00    Fundamentals Session
11:00-12:00   League Games
12:00-12:45   Lunch
12:45-1:00    Rest
1:00-3:00      Featured Lecturer, Demonstrations, and Fundamentals Session
3:00-3:30      Contests and Awards
3:30-5:00      League Games
5:00-6:00      Dinner
6:00-6:30      Rest
6:30-8:00      League Games
8:00-9:00      Free Time
9:00-10:00    Films
10:00-10:30   Fun Time (Pizza Parties, etc)
10:30            Lights Out
SHOOTING
Triple threat position/Right and left drives/Whirl, drive and jumpshot/Stagger move/Drive, stop and
jump shot
BALL HANDLING, PASSING & DRIBBLING
Proper Techniques
Demonstration of fundamentals/Starting and stopping the dribble/Protecting the ball/Crossover,
reverse, control and speed dribbles
Proper Techniques of Passing
Receiving and follow-through/Chest, bounce, overhead, shovel, and flip passes
POSITION PLAY
Center Play - Proper Techniques
Squaring up and triple threat/Tipping/Jumpshot drill/Fake - drive - power move/Offensive and
defensive rebounding
Forward Play - Proper Techniques
Triple threat position/Fake left, drive right/Fake right, drive left/Fake - one dribble - jump shot/
Reverse and power moves to basket
Guard Play - Proper Techniques
Passing to guard, to forward and to post/Shot selection/Guard defense
INDIVIDUAL INTENSIFIED PLAY
Proper Techniques
Pivoting/Blocking out/Defensive and offensive rebounding
DEFENSIVE BASKETBALL
Proper Techniques I
Individual defense & "Importance"/Good defensive stance/Balance, Speed, Quickness/Foot, hip, trunk,
eye, head and shoulders
Proper Techniques II
Guarding a man with and without ball/Guarding dribbler, shooter and cutter