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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wrong State: Turnovers doom Oakland as it blows 14-point lead

The fanbase was quite disappointed with the loss Tuesday at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, where Oakland blew a 14-point second-half lead, falling to Wright State, 82-79, Tuesday.
"You're on the road against a good team and you know those things are going to win (games)," Oakland coach Greg Kampe told WDFN-AM (1130) after the game.
"To make the mistakes we made down the stretch. You just can't have it."

Will Hudson had a nice game to start, pacing Oakland out of the gate and then hit foul trouble and didn't score again.
"That fourth foul Will made ... it just doesn't make sense to me," Kampe said.
Oakland had 15 turnovers, which is actually a season low, but it didn't help them keep their lead, as the Raiders used a 16-4 run to overtake Oakland.
It was just deflating to see them lose after sticking it to Purdue for so long Sunday night. It was a similar circumstance as the Oakland women's team had recently, where after they held a double-digit lead late over Penn State, the Lady Lions won in overtime after a furious late rally. Next game: Oakland women get blown out by Bowling Green by 36.
Sure, Reggie Hamilton's bank 3 and converting free throw was nice, putting Oakland up 1 late, but they allowed Wright State to shoot 48 percent from 3-point range.
"We battled back, but this is a very disappointing game," Kampe said.
Opponents have shot better than 40 percent from deep so far this season, and that average climbs a little bit higher tonight.
(Hamilton has actually been their best 3-point shooter so far, shooting nearly .500 from downtown, as he was 4 of 9 tonight.)
When you lose by three points, it also doesn't help that your opponent was perfect from the free-throw line, 22 of 22. The Raiders were also 44 percent from the floor for the game. Oakland actually shot better, 50 percent (27 of 54), but the Raiders made their shots count from deep.
Oakland gets a chance to rebound against a struggling team, just like their female counterparts did Monday against Rochester, when the play Southern Friday at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to join us for another live chat.

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