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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Grizzlies go zone to beat Kangaroos

For the first time of more than one or two possessions, coach Greg Kampe switched up his defense to keep UMKC at bay.
"We threw a new wrinkle out there last night and went into a zone. It was a big key for us winning the game," he said. "We got in foul trouble and we had injury problems, we went zone, and it worked."
A Kangaroos 3-pointer pulled them within two points with 6:57 left in the first half, but the change was implemented and the Grizzlies recovered to go up 45-35 at the break. They also implemented the zone for five minutes of the second half, during which they led by as many as 21 points.
"Once they got to 28-26, we went to a zone and got it back up to a 10-point lead. In the second half, when we were struggling again with fouls, we went to a zone again," Kampe said.
"We hadn't done it all year, but that's what you do. You save things for the tournament and you throw it out there. If it doesn't work, you're not a very smart coach, and if it does work, then you get a win. ... That and our bench were the two major factors in us winning last night."
Oakland still doesn't know its semifinal opponent, which will be the winner of Sunday's IPFW-South Dakota State 4-5 seed quarterfinal.

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