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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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gray lining for Grizzlies and more notes from NDSU loss

Oakland coach Greg Kampe didn't want to hear it following Saturday's loss, but there was one shining point in the Grizzlies' loss Saturday: They held on to the ball, committing just six turnovers, while forcing 15 North Dakota State turnovers and converting those for 19 points. That came on the heels of a win Thursday over South Dakota State in which they had 22 assists and just seven turnovers for their best assist-to-turnover ratio of the season: 3.14.Oakland has had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio just 11 times this season and is 6-5 in those games.

Although it seemed like a much different game from the Grizzlies' standpoint, the Bison shot 63 percent Saturday. That's just slightly down from 64 percent they shot in the previous meeting in Fargo, N.D. The Grizzlies are now 1-11 when an opponent shoots better than 50 percent from the floor.
The Grizzlies continue to struggle from the free-throw line, but had a difficult time even getting there Saturday. They were just 8 of 12 (67 percent), but typically average 24 free-throw attempts per game. Oakland is now 0-4 when it goes to the line fewer than 15 times in a game this season.
The Bison outrebounded Oakland, 30-21, meaning the Grizzlies are now just 3-8 when getting outworked on the glass.
More notes: Reggie Hamilton's 37 points weren't a career high (41 vs. Valparaiso), but it was his highest output in conference play. He moved up to 16th on the Summit League's all-time scoring list. ... Oakland also had its fourth game of at least 13 3s in its past five outings. ... The Grizzlies fell to 3-1 on Homecoming and 2-2 this season when wearing gray uniforms. They also fell to 2-2 in games decided by three points or fewer.... Oakland is now just 2-9 when trailing at the half. ... The 3,935 fans Saturday was the fourth-largest crowd ever at the O'rena and the third consecutive crowd of more than 2,600 for the Grizzlies, whose attendance figures were slumping earlier in the season. 


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