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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, December 10, 2011

Michigan game just like any other for Laval Lucas-Perry

Oakland guard Laval Lucas-Perry, like his teammates, started off cold Saturday, but he and the Grizzlies turned up the heat late in the second half Saturday against No. 20 Michigan at The Palace. He finished with 14 points in his first game against his former team, including an incredible hanging, reverse lay-in off the backboard that drew a foul.
“It wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be,” Lucas-Perry said. “It just felt like another team we had to beat.”
Lucas-Perry said after the game he didn’t speak to any of his former teammates, but he can’t remember a team at any level shooting as well as the Wolverines did Saturday, going 63 percent from 3-point range in the second half.
Oakland had a chance to cut the Wolverines’ lead down to four when Lucas-Perry’s 3 rimmed out with 4:07 to play.
“I thought it was going in,” he said. “It felt good. It went in, out and back in, then out again. That was a game-changing play that could’ve cut the lead to three.”
The Golden Grizzlies take on Lucas-Perry’s other former team, Arizona, Dec. 20. Oakland coach Greg Kampe insisted this week it was a coincidence both teams are on the schedule this season.


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