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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, February 8, 2012

Just one thing not to be excited about in 2OT win at Western Illinois

Oakland coach Greg Kampe was impressed by the high-level of play in Saturday’s double-overtime win over Western Illinois. Except in one regard.
“The only negative for either team was the free-throw shooting,” he said of both teams’ futility on Tuesday’s “The Greg Kampe Show” on WXOU. “Reggie (Hamilton) is a leading free-throw shooter in the country and he missed four in a row at one point.
“If you take that free-throw shooting away, it was very well-played game. It was very intense and there were really good players making good plays. Very good college basketball.”

The Grizzlies shot just 46 percent (12 of 26) from the free-throw line. They shot better several feet away, beyond the 3-point arc, where they were 14 of 30 (47 percent).
Corey Petros led the way, going 3 of 7, while Hamilton finished 5 of 9 from the line.
The Leathernecks shot 60 percent (15 of 25) on their freebies, as Tommie Tyler was just 6 of 13.
After a double-overtime win, there was no time to relax on the way home. The Grizzlies had another wild ride, as their plane inexplicably dropped what Kampe described as seven feet, in mid-flight.  
“It got everybody’s attention,” Kampe said. “It lasted a little while. For a guy like me who can’t handle roller coasters, I was ready to throw up all over myself.”
That was just the latest in Oakland travel woe this season. Despite the travel difficulties, they’ve posted a 6-7 record.

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