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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.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Breaking down Hamilton's scoring

Reggie Hamilton scored 21 of his 23 points in a first half where he played 14 minutes. He's been scoring in a flurry all season, but this was at a clip of 1.5 points per minute. He's now reached double-figures in 15 of his last 16 games. Here's how he did it:
  • 2 FTs, 18:25
  • Layup, 15:26
  • Layup, 7:20
  • 2 FTs, 6:28
  • Layup, 6:02
  • 3-pointer, 5:15
  • Layup, 1:04
  • 3-pointer, 1:01
  • 3-pointer, 0:22
Hamilton was 7 of 9 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the FT-line. He's scored 20 or more points 13 times this year and he's done it all while being incredibly humble.
"I'm happy with the results. I am really pleased with the way we played. That is the greatest accomplishment is coming out with a win," Hamilton said.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe said nobody has bought into the team philosophy more than their second-leading scorer.
"We don't buy into numbers or stats," Kampe said. "If Oakland plays good, we win. If we don't, we lose.
"When we beat Tennessee, he wasn't on the floor in the final three minutes, but the first kid to jump into someone's arms at halfcourt was Reggie Hamilton. That is the type of kids we have and it is the reason we are successful."
Southern Utah coach Roger Reid on Hamilton: When you're playing somebody that is a great shooter and has great quickness, that's a double-edged sword."
Oh, and Hamilton only had two turnovers Saturday, not a bad way to start the tournament.

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