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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 22, 2012

Wrapping it up: Notes from Oakland’s final visit to Mabee Center

Positives: Oakland made seasons-high nine 3-pointers in the first half and 15 in all, shooting a season’s-best 53.6 percent from long range (15 for 28). Reggie Hamilton led the Grizzlies with seven 3s … Travis Bader was 4 of 8 from 3-point range, reaching double figures for the 14th time this season and moved into ninth place in program history with 153 made 3s. … Hamilton had seven assists, becoming just the second player in Oakland’s Division I era to reach 100 assists or more in consecutive seasons. … Freshman Kyle Sikora blocked two shots and got a team-high five rebounds in a career-high 19 minutes. … Eight of nine Oakland players who saw the floor collected a rebound, four of which had four rebounds or more. … The Oakland bench held a huge advantage, outscoring the Golden Eagles’ reserves, 30-12, who are thin behind Steven Roundtree. … The Golden Eagles shot 73 percent in the first half, but Oakland limited them to 43 percent in the second half. The Grizzlies were more consistent, shooting 54 percent in the first half and 60 percent in the second. … Oakland is averaging 86.75 points over the last four games with a 3-1 record.
Negatives: Oakland handled the ball well, committing just 12 turnovers, but the Golden Eagles converted those miscues for 25 points. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies turned eight Oral Roberts turnovers into just three points … The Grizzlies shot just 65 percent (11 of 17) from the free-throw line in their seven-point loss. It was their second consecutive game in the low-to-mid 60-percent range from the line.  … Oakland held its largest lead, a 10-point advantage, with 12:38 to play. Just over six minutes later, Oral Roberts had its largest lead of the game, nine points, with 5:58 to play. … The Grizzlies had just 13 assists while scoring 86 points.

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