The Summit League Tournament 2012: Oakland Eliminated By Southern Utah After Late Collapse

With less than three minutes to go in its first game in the 2012 Summit League tournament, Oakland appeared to be well on its way to advancing to the next round. The Golden Grizzlies were up 81-70, and a big comeback by Southern Utah in the final two and a half minutes seemed highly unlikely.

Sure enough, Southern Utah started chipping away at the lead, and with 1:09 to go on the clock, Damon Heuir hit a three-pointer to tie the game. After Travis Bader missed a three for Oakland, Southern Utah went down the court and scored with 12 seconds left. Oakland was unable to tie the game with a runner, but the Golden Grizzlies got another chance to do something after Southern Utah missed a pair of free throws.

Oakland tried to make its way down the court via timeouts, but in the process it left less than a second on the clock after the second one. As a result, the Golden Grizzlies couldn't even get the final shot off in time, giving Southern Utah the surprising 84-82 victory.

This loss means Oakland's NCAA tournament streak has been snapped. The Golden Grizzlies had been to the tournament each of the last two years, but with this loss making them 17-15 on the season, they will not be going to the Big Dance.

This loss also ended Oakland's two-year title run in The Summit League tournament.

For more on NCAA hoops and all of the conference tournaments, check out the SB Nation NCAA hub at sbnation.com/NCAA-basketball.

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