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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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Reggie Hamilton puts nation on notice

As he's done almost every time Oakland has taken on a "BCS" school, Reggie Hamilton came through on the big stage. With another primetime performance, 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting, which came after a career night Saturday against Valparaiso. Tuesday was his second game with 30 or more points in a "BCS" showdown after scoring 28 two weeks ago vs. Michigan. More notably, the output raised Hamilton's scoring average to 22.7 points, good for third in the nation.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe, who has been recruiting Division I talent for more than a decade, is floored by the performance.
“I’m impressed by him,” said Kampe, in his 28th season as Oakland's coach.
After Saturday's career-high 41, which surpassed his previous high of 35 set Nov. 28 in a win over Tennessee, Hamilton earned his second Summit League Player of the Week award of the season. He was also named player of the week by Beyond the Arc, an NBC affiliated college basketball site.
Hamilton scored 11 of his 20 first-half points Tuesday over the final six minutes before the break, pulling Oakland within a manageable four-point halftime deficit. That came on the heels of a 14-0 Arizona run.
“He almost plays better when a team makes a run on us. It’s almost like he has the freedom to go stop the run," Kampe said. 
Oakland slashed a 19-point second-half lead to just six with just under six minutes remaining, but Hamilton quickly thereafter picked up his fourth foul. He, Laval Lucas-Perry and Corey Petros; who later fouled out scoreless for the second consecutive game; all played with four fouls late in the game. 
A short Oakland bench forced Kampe to play three of his starters 37 minutes or more Tuesday, as Hamilton played a team-high 39.
“I have to fight through," Hamilton told WDFN after the game. "I can’t get tired, I can’t get fatigued.”
If he keeps it up, and he's shown no evidence of stopping, fans aren't likely to get tired, either. 

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