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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

Where have we seen this before?

Saturday's quarterfinal win over Southern Utah came in similar fashion to last weekend's win in Cedar City in that Reggie Hamilton spurred a late first-half run to pull away. It was also nearly and identical score, 82-66. The Thunderbirds had two more points at home, but Oakland swept the season series by the following margins: 16 points, 14 points and 16 points.
"(Last weekend), we were close or behind and we scored six points in the final 30 seconds of the half," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "I never felt comfortable. We played extremely well, we really did. We played great defense. ... I never thought we were in control.
"The key was Reggie Hamilton making big plays."
An 11-0 Southern Utah run after the Oakland lead swelled to 25, pulled the Thunderbirds within 14 points with 4:58 to play, but the y never got closer.
Oakland now has a six-game winning streak over Southern Utah.
The Grizzlies are now 6-1 all time at Sioux Falls Arena, which is hosting the conference tournament for the third season, but just 6-4 all-time in quarterfinals.


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