Oakland falls 90-80 to in-state rival Michigan

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 10, 2011
Laval Lucas-Perry's 3-pointer rattled in and out, and instead of cutting Michigan's lead to four, Oakland was back on the defensive. 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 (6-4). 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 choice.'' 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 corner. 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,'' Beilein said. That problem was fixed before the second half.
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