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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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Grizzlies looking for more physical play from SUU

Saturday’s 14-point win over Southern Utah was never really in doubt after the half, and the game got chippy down the stretch, as the Thunderbirds tried to take Oakland out of its usual finesse style of play.
The physical play earned SUU 25 personal fouls and set up Oakland for 38 free-throw attempts.
Following the game, Thunderbirds coach Roger Reid told the SUU News:
"I didn't think we played that hard," he said. "If (Oakland head coach Greg Kampe) thought it was physical, I hope it will be a lot more physical because we're going to play a whole lot harder in the next game."
The Golden Grizzlies are ready for the challenge.
“We have to stay focused,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “We have to stay in the moment and win the day and not think about all the crap that happens around us. That’s just a tactic to get us (off our game). If you get caught up in that, the pushing and shoving and the elbows and all that, someone’s going to get a technical, someone’s going to get thrown out and that’s going to hurt us.
“We have to stay focused on what we do and play. If the other team wants to do that, I have to trust the officials will take care of the game. We shot 30-some free throws and they shot 15. The officials did a good job of understanding what was going on and officiated the game the way it should be.”
Game time is 7 p.m. Saturday. Join me for a live chat during the game and look for postgame video at TheOaklandPress.com/video.

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