Despite good numbers for Nate Wolters and Jordan Dykstra, Oakland gets an important victory
“We had a gameplan to guard against Dykstra and he comes out and hits three 3s in the first minute and a half,” Kampe said. “Uncontested 3s. That was very upsetting to me.”
The second half went by a different script. Dykstra had just five points and spent more than 15 minutes between baskets until hitting a 3 with eight seconds remaining. Kampe credited the stellar defense of junior forward Drew Valentine.
“Drew’s stats mean nothing to me. He’s my MVP,” Kampe said of Valentine, who was one four Golden Grizzlies in double figures with 19 points and added eight rebounds. “We expect that from him and he never lets us down. Until Dykstra made that 3 with seconds to go, he had just two points in the second half.”
Wolters, on the other hand, nearly had a triple-double.
“(He) usually takes over close games,” Kampe said. “We rotated over Laval (Lucas-Perry) and (Ryan) Bass trying to keep it fresh. … All we were trying to do was keep him in front of us and make him hit jump shots. And for the most part, we did a good job. That kid is a pro.”
Wolters was 7 of 15 for 21 points and earned some recognition for his near feat, but Oakland got the 92-87 victory to climb back above .500 in conference play at 6-5 with seven conference games to play. The loss was just the second in conference play for the Jackrabbits, who led by as many as eight early in the game. Their other loss came to undefeated conference leader Oral Roberts, on the road. The Golden Eagles visit Brookings, S.D., Feb. 2.
Saturday’s Homecoming contest against North Dakota State, which beat Oakland by 27 points earlier this season, will be another measuring stick for the Grizzlies.