Reggie Hamilton-led Grizzlies top UT 89-81 in college basketball

Reggie Hamilton-led Grizzlies top UT 89-81 in college basketball

November 29th, 2011 by Associated Press in Sports - College

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Reggie Hamilton scored 35 points Monday night as Oakland, Mich., beat Tennessee 89-81 in college basketball.

Drew Valentine added 15 points, Laval Lucas-Perry had 14 and Travis Bader scored 13 for Oakland (4-2).

Jordan McRae led the Volunteers (3-3) with 25. Cameron Tatum had 19.

Last season the Golden Grizzlies beat the then-seventh-ranked Vols 89-82 in Knoxville -- Oakland's first win over a Top 10 team. Tennessee joins Oregon as the only major-conference programs to lose twice to Oakland since its move to Division I in 1999.

Oakland led 62-52 with 10:15 to play, but the Volunteers scored the next seven. Hamilton answered with a 3-pointer and a layup to move the margin to eight, and the Grizzlies got a break when Kenny Hall's tip-in came to a stop on the back of the rim.

Valentine's 3-pointer gave Oakland a 73-65 lead with 3:51 left, and the Grizzlies held off the Vols down the stretch.

Oakland led by 14 in the first half and was still up 39-32 at intermission.

The Grizzlies struggled to hit shots early in the second half, but Tennessee was unable to take advantage. At one point, the Volunteers missed dunks on back-to-back possessions and then missed two layups the next time down the floor.

The game was only Oakland's sixth at the O'Rena against a major-conference opponent and first in seven years.

The Grizzlies usually play marquee opponents at the nearby Palace of Auburn Hills. Oakland is 3-3 in such games, having beaten Michigan in 2000 and Texas A&M in 2003.

The Grizzlies retired Keith Benson's No. 34 jersey at halftime.

Benson, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds in last year's upset of the Vols, became Oakland's first draft pick when he was taken by the Atlanta Hawks in June.