Oakland falls 90-80 to in-state rival Michigan
Laval Lucas-Perry’s 3-pointer rattled in and out, and instead of
cutting Michigan’s lead to four, Oakland was back on the
Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer, Stu Douglass dunked in
transition – and the Golden Grizzlies didn’t threaten again. Their
last chance to beat the Wolverines for at least the immediate
future was gone.
”I thought the game turned around late when Lucas-Perry had a 3
go three-quarters down and come out,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe
said. ”They go down the other way and Trey Burke’s falling out of
bounds and throws it out to Hardaway for 3. We turn it over, they
get a run-out layup and it is 12 instead of four.”
Hardaway scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and No.
20 Michigan held off its in-state rival, beating Oakland 90-80 on
Saturday. Evan Smotrycz had a career-high 20 points along with nine
rebounds, and Burke had 20 points and nine assists.
It was Michigan’s highest-scoring game in more than two years.
The Wolverines (7-2) shot 70 percent from the field in the second
half, and they finished 15 of 28 from 3-point range.
Reggie Hamilton scored 28 points for the Golden Grizzlies
Michigan shot 57 percent for the game.
The Wolverines won their sixth straight in the series. Michigan
coach John Beilein has indicated the Grizzlies won’t be on
Michigan’s schedule next season.
”We live in Michigan, and they are the University of Michigan,
so obviously we want to play them,” Kampe said. ”He’s got to do
what is best for his program, and that’s the decision he has made.
I’m glad he was honest with me about it, even if I’m sad about the
It was the highest-scoring game for Michigan since the
Wolverines beat Northern Michigan 97-50 on Nov. 14, 2009.
The Grizzlies beat Tennessee this season and last season and
they’ve been dominant recently in the Summit League. They weren’t
intimidated by Michigan, recovering from a double-digit deficit in
the first half to forge a 32-all halftime tie.
The Wolverines were uncharacteristically careless in the first
half, turning the ball over 10 times, but they were willing to play
at a quicker place than usual against the Grizzlies.
Michigan went on a 14-4 run in the second half that included two
3-pointers by Hardaway and one each by Burke and Douglass. After
Douglass made his, the Wolverines were 8 of 11 from long distance
in the second half and led 66-55.
”I don’t know if I’ve ever played against a team that hit 3s
like they did tonight. They were making everything, so it was hard
to keep pace with them,” said Lucas-Perry, who used to play for
Michigan. ”That shot of mine changed the game – it went in twice,
but it wouldn’t stay down, and then Hardaway hits one at the other
end. That really hurt us.”
It was 73-67 after Hamilton made two free throws with 4:39 to
play. Douglass answered with a free throw, and after Lucas-Perry’s
3-pointer went in and out, Hardaway made a 3-pointer from the left
The dunk by Douglass made it 79-67.
It was 32-32 after a first half that lacked rhythm because of
problems with the scoreboard. The game was played at The Palace,
the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, near Oakland’s campus.
The overhead scoreboard wasn’t working, forcing a public address
announcer to inform fans verbally of the score. There was also a
short delay – with Michigan ahead 25-13 – because of an apparent
problem with the shot clock.
Oakland chipped away after that, eventually tying it on Travis
Bader’s 3-pointer in the final seconds of the half.
”It’s very uncomfortable when you don’t know the score,”
That problem was fixed before the second half.