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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, December 13, 2011

Another slow start for Oakland; Petros looks like a freshman and Bader breaks his streak

Slow starts doomed Oakland in its two losses last week and put them behind early Tuesday against Rochester. The Warriors’ early eight-point lead was their largest in the all-time series and they came within two points twice in the second half.
“We didn’t come out sluggish against Michigan, the ball just didn’t go in,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe clarified. “We were too hyped against Michigan. As for Ohio, we played during exam week, which you shouldn’t do. … After a 10-day road trip, we come home to Utah Valley and Tennessee. We turn around and there’s Ohio, one of the best mid-majors in the country, and then Michigan. You come home and you look at a non-DI game, and if you’re a mid-major power, you’re supposed to take care of this. But I’m smart enough to know how well this team is coached and that it’s going to be tough, but it’s a win and we move on. We’ll worry about how we played tonight when we’re getting ready next summer.”
… Corey Petros had a season-low four rebounds, but still chipped in 13 points.
“Tonight might have been the first night (Petros) was a freshman in my eyes. They swarmed him underneath and he didn’t handle it well. Eventually, when you’re 6-foot-10 and you’re that big and talented, you’re going to wear people down, and he got a few (baskets),” Kampe said.
Petros has already had four double-doubles this season and was named freshman of the week by StatSheet.
“He wasn’t awful tonight, but it isn’t what we’ve come to expect from him. He wasn’t physically or mentally ready to play today,” Kampe said. ...
Travis Bader missed all nine 3-point attempts he made Tuesday, his first game without a 3 since Feb. 17, 2011, a streak of 18 games. He’s made 3s in 42 of 46 games in his career.
“Bader got a lot of good looks and had two or three of them just rattle out. It just wasn’t meant to be. We had to find a different way to win the game,” Kampe said. …
Laval Lucas-Perry, who set a new career high with 23 points, played a season-high 36 minutes. He’s averaging 26 minutes per game.

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