Innovative Distraction Takes Center Stage: Oakland University’s Swimming and Diving Team Adds Flair to Basketball Game
In a remarkable display of creativity and distraction tactics, Oakland University’s swimming and diving team brought a unique twist to the basketball court during their game against Cleveland State on Saturday.
A video clip shared by ESPN showcased the swimmers and divers donning speedos and setting up an impromptu barbershop in the student section, strategically positioned behind Cleveland State’s basket.
Distraction at its Finest: Speedo-Clad Crew Shaves Heads Amid Free Throws
As the game progressed, the entertaining distraction unfolded around the 12-minute mark of the second half.
The group, accompanied by cheerleaders and the Grizzlies mascot, engaged in on-the-spot head-shaving, with one member receiving a buzzcut into a trash bag precisely as Cleveland State’s Tevin Smith stepped up to the free-throw line.
While Smith managed to complete his free throw attempt, the distraction appeared to impact the Vikings, who concluded the evening with a subpar eight out of 13 successful free throws.
Golden Grizzlies Secure 83-71 Victory: Blake Lampman Leads the Charge
Despite the entertaining antics, the Oakland basketball team, known as the Golden Grizzlies, secured a convincing 83-71 victory over Cleveland State.
Senior guard Blake Lampman emerged as a key player, contributing 26 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Another standout performer was junior forward Trey Townsend, who scored 18 points and came close to a double-double with impressive stats across the board, including three assists and two blocks.
Team Performance and Stats: Shooting Success and Strategic Dominance
The Golden Grizzlies collectively showcased a solid performance, shooting 43.5% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point line.
While they outscored and outrebounded Cleveland State, the Vikings held a statistical edge in assists and steals, with both teams recording four blocks.
The distinctive distraction strategy undoubtedly played a role in the Golden Grizzlies’ success, contributing to their victory on the court.
Oakland’s Win Streak Extended: Horizon League Leaders Look Ahead to Road Trip
With this triumph, Oakland University extended their winning streak to three games, maintaining a leading position in the Horizon League with a commendable 15-9 record.
Looking to capitalize on the momentum, the Golden Grizzlies now set their sights on a three-game road trip, commencing with a matchup against Northern Kentucky on February 8.
The innovative tactics of Oakland’s swimming and diving team not only added entertainment value but also played a part in securing a notable victory for their basketball counterparts.**Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn