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Monday, December 22, 2008

Nelson playing

6:50 p.m. — Oakland senior Derick Nelson was out stretching and in uniform at Eastern Michigan. It's unclear if he will play tonight, but he is dressed. I'll have more as the game progresses.

Another note, freshman center Ilija Milutinovic is in street clothes and has a walking boot on his left foot.

7:15 p.m. — WIth 11:42 left in the first half Nelson is set to check in. Oakland leads 15-6.

7:30 p.m. — Nelson played a little over three minutes and didn't score. He missed a 3-pointer and was called for an offensive foul, but he had his quickness and made a nice move to the basket and was fouled on the floor. Oakland leads 21-12 with 7:20 left in the first half.

7:39 p.m. — Eastern Michigan has pulled within four, 25-21, with 2:19 left in the half. Oakland has missed four straight free throws. Derick Nelson is set to check back in the game.

7:46 p.m. — Oakland leads 29-25 at halftime. The Eagles are doing most of their damage inside, with 18 of their 25 points coming in the paint. Erik Kangas and Johnathon Jones each have 10 points for the Grizzlies. Keith Benson has four points and four rebounds. Justin Dobbins leads Eastern Michigan with eight points and four rebounds.

8:15 p.m. — The Grizzlies used an 8-0 run to take a 37-27 lead and now lead 42-31 with 14:14 left in the game. Oakland is looking to get the ball to Benson more inside. He made four free throws to start the 8-0 run.

8:31 p.m. — Oakland leads 52-42 with 7:50 left thanks to a four-point play by Kangas, who now has 17 points. Nelson played a few minutes, grabbing an offensive rebound.

8:40 p.m. — The Grizzlies lead 57-46 with 3:58 left after a Kangas 3-pointer. Will Hudson has fouled out of the game and Benson has four fouls. Eastern Michigan will likely try to go inside down the stretch.

8:53 p.m. — Oakland wins 66-53. Kangas leads the way with 25 points. Jones adds 15 points and five assists and Benson finishes with 10 points and five rebounds. Nelson was 0-for-3 from the field with two rebounds, an assist and two fouls. Not an eventful return, but good to see him back out there.



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