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March 19, 2014

College hoops season wrapped

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Oakland University forward Ralph Hill is pictured dunking the ball during a game against the University of Detroit Mercy. Oakland won an opening-round game of the Horizon League tournament, before losing in the quarterfinals.

The season has come to a close for all of the local NCAA Division I basketball squads.

After defeating Youngstown State University 96-92 in an opening-round game of the Horizon League tournament March 4, Oakland University’s men’s basketball team (13-20) lost to Wright State University 73-57 in the quarterfinals round March 7.

Oakland’s women’s squad (13-17) also lost a quarterfinal game, as Youngstown State came away with a 68-64 victory against the Golden Grizzlies March 12.

The University of Detroit Mercy men’s team (13-19) lost to the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin 83-73 in an opening-round game in the Horizon League tournament March 4. Milwaukee went on to win the tournament, earning a berth into the NCAA tournament.

The Titans’ women’s squad (6-24) lost to Valparaiso University 76-69 in an opening-round game of the Horizon League Championship March 10.

In other local postseason college basketball news:

Wayne State University’s women’s basketball team (23-8) made it all the way to the regional final game of the NCAA Division II tournament for the second consecutive year. After defeating the University of Indianapolis and Lewis University, respectively, in the first two rounds, the Warriors lost to Drury University 99-63 in the regional final March 17.

According to Wayne State’s athletic website, the Warriors equaled the school record for wins (23) and NCAA tournament wins (2).

Oakland Community College (28-4) lost to Wayne County Community College District 77-76 in the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District 10 men’s basketball tournament March 8. Prior to that defeat, OCC had beaten Henry Ford Community College and Mott Community College.

After defeating Schoolcraft College 69-53 in the first round of the NJCAA District H women’s basketball tournament March 4, Macomb Community College lost to Delta College 57-53 in the second round March 7.