Oakland men’s basketball closes out exhibition season against Heidelberg

Senior Percy Gibson (24) starts up game against Heidelberg with a jump ball on Nov. 11th. Gibson shot 6-for-8 from the floor to finish with twelve points.

By Jackson Gilbert

Oakland University men’s basketball team buried Division III Heidelberg College 130-72 last Wednesday, Nov. 11.

            Heidelberg presented an opportunity for a tune up of Oakland’s offense.

            “It is just exhibition games,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said. “But usually they’re pretty sloppy and we’re getting mad at people … We’ve played five exhibition games now where we didn’t lose focus once.”

            Oakland won all five of those games and averaged more than 100 points.

            The Golden Grizzlies shot 54 percent from the floor on the night and 38 percent from beyond the arc. They made 34 of 44 from the free throw line, shooting over 70 percent from the line for the exhibition season.

Oakland’s two centers, Percy Gibson and Brad Brechting combined for 12 of 15 from the floor for 32 points.

The two players were four inches taller than anybody Heidelberg could put on the floor.

It was hard for Kampe and the players to not look ahead to what is shaping up to be the most promising season for the Golden Grizzlies since the Keith Benson era.

“I feel good about the eye test. We’re big, we’re long, we’re athletic, we play hard, we care about each other. Going into it, we feel pretty good about it,” Kampe said.

Max Hooper made eight of 11 from beyond the three-point line. He said it’s always his goal to get in the zone.

“We can’t wait to get the real thing rolling here in a week,” Hooper said. 

Oakland will play Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Oakland will be conducting its fifteen dollar jersey sale worn by former players. Glow sticks will be handed out to the student section. 

As always, a valid student i.d. earns free admission to the game.