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Paul Kampe (no relation to Greg Kampe) covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with the Golden Grizzlies men's and women's teams.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Duke Mondy still learning Oakland offense

Duke Mondy = work in progress
Despite a 16-point, five-assist and season-low tying three-turnover performance Friday at Michigan State, Oakland coach Greg Kampe feels point guard Duke Mondy still has plenty of work to do before he grasps the Golden Grizzlies’ offense.
“He didn’t do a good job of managing the game for us,” Kampe said. “He’s still learning how to do that because he’s never had to do that. It’s going to take some time.
“We’re not anywhere where we’re going to be with him managing and understanding why we’re running a play and what we’re trying to get out of it. That takes time.
“It looks simplistic, but there’s a lot of reads in it.”
As for the giveaways, Kampe felt Mondy still had some room for improvement, as well.
That’s something that has to be done over time,” Kampe said.  
After seven turnovers in a near upset over Pitt Nov. 17, Mondy has that many in the past two games.
Worst game in Division I era?
Oakland shot a Division I-era low of 28 percent (16 of 58) at Breslin Center. That was just one facet of what Kampe considered an ugly game for his Golden Grizzlies. He and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo were in unison saying Friday’s game was the worst between the schools in Oakland’s Division I era.
“The intensity was great, but the level of play was sloppy and there were all the turnovers,” Kampe said. “We were both very upset with the way our teams played.”
Michigan State turned over the ball 20 times, while Oakland had just 11 giveaways. The Grizzlies shot just 21 percent in the first half and went 0 for 10 from 3-point range before the break.
“We’ve played some really good, clean games against them,” Kampe said. “Even when they’ve beaten us, we’ve played some clean games where we’ve executed and done good things. The first 10 or 15 minutes (Friday) were really ugly.”
Late deficit at MSU
After Oakland came within four points with 6:36 to play, the Spartans closed the game on a 15-1 run. Kampe attributed the letdown in part to the team’s rigorous travel, which has taken them more than 10,000 miles in the past three weeks.
“We were done,” he said. “We just didn’t have anything left in our legs to make that next push. That’s common when you travel like we do.”
A new 4
True freshman Lloyd Neely made his first start Friday, tallying five points in 21 minutes. Kampe insisted Sunday Neely will get enough time to prove himself at the position.
“We’re looking for stability at the 4,” Kampe said. “I’m not going to just start a guy for one game." 
Kampe planned to start Neely Monday at Tennessee. 

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