Hamilton Lifts Oakland to 82-80 Win over Valparaiso
The senior guard scored 41 points and hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Dec. 17, 2011
VALPARAISO,Ind. - With Oakland down 17 points in the second half, Reggie Hamilton decided to take matters in to his own hands, scoring a career-high 41 points and made the game-winner as time expired to lift the Golden Grizzlies (8-4) to an 82-80 come-from-behind victory over Valparaiso (7-4) on Saturday inside the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Hamilton becomes the first Oakland player to score 40 points since Calvin Wooten tallied 40 against Valpo on Jan. 26, 2006. He scored 10 straight points when it looked like Valparaiso was going to run away with the game and came up with three steals in the final minutes to give the Grizzlies the win.
Drew Valentine scored 19 points and had nine rebounds, while Laval Lucas-Perry finished with 12 for the Golden Grizzlies. Valpo's Kevin Van Wijk posted 22 points, Ryan Broekhoff recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards, and Will Bogan finished with 11.
The Golden Grizzlies and Crusaders battled through six lead changes in the first half and Valpo took a slight 37-35 lead at halftime. The Crusaders came out on fire in the second half and took their largest lead of the game at 17, 60-43, with 14 minutes left in the game.
Hamilton then took over for Oakland with 10 straight points and a steal at halfcourt that led to a Valentine dunk as the Golden Grizzlies cut the lead to six, 61-55 (11:52). Travis Bader would give the Grizzlies their first lead of the 2nd half with a deep 3-pointer with 4:23 on the game clock, 73-72.
Valpo answered quickly on the other end and Kyle Sikora split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 74. Hamilton answered a Valpo 3-pointer for the third tie of the half and after a Crusader basket, Valentine was fouled and split the free throws as the Golden Grizzlies trailed by one.
Hamilton again responded for OU with a steal and finish as the Golden Grizzlies led 80-79. After a free throw by the Crusaders tied the game once again, Oakland had two chances at taking the lead, but could not convert as Valpo came up with a big turnover on the last opportunity and held for the final shot of the game.
Lucas-Perry then kept solid defensive position and forced Matt Kenny to travel with 4.6 seconds left in the game. After a timeout, Hamilton took the ball up the court and shot from just inside the 3-point line from the top of the key, banking it in as the horn sounded.
The Golden Grizzlies will take on Arizona this Tuesday night in Tucson. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET and will air on OU's flagship station WDFN-AM (1130) with Mario Impemba (play-by-play) and Neal Ruhl (color). It will also be regionally-televised on FS DETROIT PLUS.