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Wright State can’t find offense in 67-41 loss at Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Wright State men’s basketball team found the offense hard to come by Tuesday night as Milwaukee used a 27-5 run to take control and went on to a 67-41 Horizon League decision at UWM Panther Arena.

Joe Thomasson gave the Raiders a 6-4 lead with a jumper at the 14:58 mark of the first half, but it was all Panthers from there as they tallied 27 of the GAME‘s next 32 points and eventually took a 34-15 advantage into halftime.

Milwaukee shot 43 percent in the first half compared to 23 percent for WSU.

The offensive struggled continues for Wright State in the second half as the Raiders shot 32 percent to finish at 28 percent for the night.  The Panthers, meanwhile, hit 11 of 20 shots after halftime to end the game at 48 percent and also made all eight foul shot attempts to go 12 of 13 for the contest.  UWM led 47-19 in rebounds and 32-12 in points in the PAINT.

Michael Karena led WSU with 11 points, but no other Raider managed more than six.

Justin Jordan paced Milwaukee (7-12, 2-3 Horizon) with 17 points while Matt Tiby had 12, Steve McWhorter 10 and Akeem Springs nine along with 13 rebounds.

Wright State (10-10, 2-4 Horizon) is off until heading to Michigan for a pair of games next week, taking on Detroit on Monday, January 26, and Oakland on Wednesday, January 28, with both CONTESTS set to tip-off at 7:00.




Valparaiso’s 9-0 late run subdues Wright State, 66-56

The men’s basketball team overcame an early 11-point deficit and led by four in the second half before a 9-0 Valparaiso run late carried the Crusaders to a 66-56 Horizon League decision Saturday night in front of 7,664 fans at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Valparaiso scored the first six points of the CONTEST and led 24-13 on a Darien Walker layup with 7:36 remaining in the first half.  The margin was nine before the Raiders closed the period by scoring the final seven points, including a Reggie Arceneaux three, to cut the deficit to 29-27 at the break.

The Crusaders shot 39 percent from the field, but just one of six from three-point range, while WSU shot 38 percent overall and was three of nine from behind the arc.

A Kendall Griffin layup gave Wright State its first lead of the night at 31-30 with 17:56 to play and the Raiders enjoyed their biggest lead at 36-32 on a Justin Mitchell jumper four minutes later.  WSU still was up two on a pair of Chrishawn Hopkins FREE throws at the 9:09 mark before a layup and three from E. Victor Nickerson put Valparaiso ahead to stay at 43-40.

A Michael Karena basket and a Joe Thomasson kept Wright State close at 46-45 before the Crusaders broke the GAMEopen with a 9-0 burst to push the advantage into double figures with 2:47 left.

GRANT Evans connected on a three at the 1:55 mark to make it 56-51, but the Raiders would get no closer as Valparaiso tallied the next six points to put the game out of reach.

Valpo shot 41 percent for the game and was 19 of 27 at the foul line while WSU shot 38 percent and was nine of 14 at the stripe.  The Crusaders dominated the boards by a 46-25 margin, 17-5 on the offensive end, and led in points in the PAINT(32-18) and second-chance points (18-3).

Wright State, playing without leading scorer and rebounder JT Yoho, who was out with an injury, was led by Arceneaux’s 10 points while Hopkins had nine and Mitchell eight.

Four starters scored in double figures for Valparaiso (17-3, 4-1 Horizon), led by Vashil Fernandez’s 14, Darien Walker with 13 and Alec Peters and Tevonn Walker each with 11.




Cleveland State closes game strong to defeat Wright State on road, 55-50

The Wright State men’s basketball team led by five with 6:43 remaining, only to see Cleveland State score 11 of the GAME‘s final 12 points to come away with a 55-50 decision over the Raiders in Horizon League action Wednesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Vikings led 10-4 early before WSU tied it at 13 on two Kendall Griffin foul shots with 10:36 remaining in the first half.  The Raiders, however, were unable to take the lead at any point of the opening 20 minutes as CSU regained the advantage on a Anton Grady jumper and maintained a slight edge throughout in taking a 28-26 lead into halftime.

Cleveland State shot 52 percent compared to 38 percent for Wright State in the first half, but WSU was eight of 10 at the foul line while the Vikings were five of seven.

Back-to-back baskets from Michael Karena to start the second half gave the Raiders their first lead of the night, only to see CSU take it right back on a Marlin Mason three.  Reggie Arceneaux, though, put WSU up again at 41-39 with a three at the 12:49 mark and momentum appeared to be on Wright State’s side as the margin grew to 49-44 on Joe Thomasson FREEthrows with 6:43 left.

Baskets by Trey Lewis and Mason, however, cut the deficit to one and after Griffin hit one of two foul shots with 1:31 remaining, an Andre Yates three at the 1:19 mark gave the Vikings the lead for good at 51-50.

After a Raider miss, a Lewis three-point play with 23 seconds left extended the advantage to four and Charlie Lee later made one of two foul shots for the final margin.

CSU shot 48 percent for the GAME compared to 43 percent for WSU, but the foul line proved to be the difference as the Raiders were 15 of 24, but just seven of 14 in the second half, while the Vikings were eight of 12.

Karena, for the second straight GAME, set a season high in scoring with 18 points to lead Wright State while Griffin had 10 had off the bench.

Grady finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland State (10-9, 4-1 Horizon) while Mason had 14 and Lewis 13.





UD Flyers squeeze out 63-60 win over Richmond for 16th straight at home

DAYTON — The No. 22 University of Dayton Flyers defeated the Richmond Spiders 63-60 Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 13,455 at UD Arena. This is the 16th straight win at home for the Flyers. Dayton has also won 16 out of its last 18 regular season Atlantic 10 games.

Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers with 21 points

Dyshawn Pierre led all scorers with 21 points. Kendall Pollard and Scoochie Smith were also in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively. Kyle Davis finished with eight points and five rebounds and made perhaps the biggest basket of the game on a reverse baseline layup with 19 seconds left.

But it was the defensive effort he produced in holding Richmond’s leading scorer, Kendall Anthony, to nine points that cannot be overlooked.  Anthony came in averaging 18.4 points a game in conference play and had reached double figures in eight straight games.
Both teams started the game with a fast-paced start. Pollard put Dayton on the board first with a basket to give the home team the first advantage of the game. Richmond responded with an inside shot by T.J. Cline. The teams would trade baskets over the next few possessions, until Pollard tipped in a shot to give the home team an 8-6 lead.
Moments later, Sibert tallied his first points of the game with a three-point basket to put Dayton up by five. The Spiders scored the next two baskets to come within one before Pierre’s three gave the Flyers a 14-10 advantage. After another Cline basket, Davis brought the lead back to five with a three-point basket to give Dayton a 17-12 lead.
Coming out of the media timeout, Anthony made two free throws to cut the lead to three. Davis drove the lane on the other end to push the Dayton lead back up to five. However, two Richmond baskets would cut the lead to one. Each team traded baskets to allow Dayton’s lead to stay at one.
The Flyers proceeded to go on a 7-0 run that ended with a tough basket by Pierre near the paint to put the home team ahead 28-20. Pierre would score seven out of the teams’ final nine points in the first half to give Dayton a 37-27 lead heading into the locker room.
The home team controlled the first half of play by shooting 68 percent from the floor and 63 percent from behind the three-point line.  Pierre led the team with 16 first half points.
In the second half, the Spiders climbed their way back into the game. Richmond started the scoring with a three-point basket by ShawnDre’ Jones. Pollard would answer with two free throws. However, a few moments later, Deion Taylor finished a three-point play to get Richmond to within six.
Dayton would extend the lead back up to nine, 46-37, before Richmond went on a 10-0 run. Cline had the final eight points during the run to give the Spiders their first lead of the game, 47-46 with just under eleven minutes to play in the contest. Pierre finally ended the run with a basket to give the lead back to the Flyers.
The lead would not last for long as Terry Allen was fouled on his made basket and was able to convert the three-point play to give Richmond a 50-48 lead. Taylor and Anthony each made one of two free throw attempts a short time later to extend the away team’s lead to four.
Pollard responded with two free throws of his own to cut the lead to two, 52-50. With just under five minutes to play, Scoochie Smith hit a big three-point field goal to give Dayton a 53-52 lead. Jones answered with a three-pointer of his own to give the lead back to the Spiders.
After the final media timeout, Pollard was fouled on his layup attempt. He converted both free throw attempts to tie the game. Just under a minute later, Pollard scored a jumper near the basket to give the home team a 57-55 lead with 2:26 to play.
Sibert was fouled on Richmond’s next offensive possession, and he converted two free throws to extend the lead to four. Alonzo Nelson-Ododa made a free throw for the away team to cut the lead to three. The Flyers could not capitalize on their next offensive possession, which led to a tough, contested layup by Anthony to cut the Flyer lead to 59-58.
The reverse layup by Davis on the other end brought the lead back up to three. Anthony would then hit two free throws to bring the lead back to one. Richmond was forced to foul Scoochie Smith on the inbounds play, and he converted both of his free throws to seal the 63-60 victory.
The home team was able to win the game despite shooting just 27 percent in the second half. UD shot 48 percent for the game thanks to a torrid 68% from the field in the first half.  Richmond shot 46 percent from the floor for the game (56% in the second half).
The Spiders were led by four players in double figures – 14 points from Cline and 11 each from Allen, Jones and Nelson-Ododa.
With the win, Dayton improves to 16-3 overall and 6-1 in Atlantic 10 play. UD has now won nine of its last 10 games.  Richmond is now 10-9, and 3-3 in the A-10.
The Flyers will be back in action Thursday, January 29th when they travel to Massachusetts to take on the Minutemen. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

NHL All-Star captains choose players; Foligno makes CBJ teammate Johansen first pick

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game is inching ever closer as the two teams were split up Friday night.  Captains Nick Foligno, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Jonathan Toews, of the Chicago Blackhawks, drafted the teams that will play on Sunday night in Nationwide Arena.

Along side of Foligno were alternate captains Patrick Kane and Drew Doughty.  Toews’ assistants were Ryan Getzlaf, and former Blue Jacket Rick Nash.

Nick Foligno (photo by

There was a “puck flip” to decide who would chose first.  Foligno won, and chose teammate Ryan Johansen first overall.

Listed below are the two divided teams:

Team Foligno:


Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)

Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)

Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars)

Carey Price (Montreal Canadians)

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)

Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets)

Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Brian Elliot (St. Louis Blues)

Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)

Kevin Shattenkirk (Blues)

Bobby Ryan (Ottawa Senators)

Radim Vrbata (Vancouver Canucks)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes)

Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo Sabers)

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers)

Team Toews:

Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Jakub Voracek (Flyers)

Corey Crawford (Chicago Blackhawks)

Jonathan Tavares (New York Islanders)

Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers)

Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)

Vladimir Tarasenko (Blues)

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)

Jaroslav Halak (Islanders)

Aaron Ekblad (Panthers)

Patrik Elias (New Jersey Devils)

Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)

Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)

Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes)

Tyler Johnson (Lightning)

Filip Forsberg (Predators)

“He wouldn’t give me any insight on his pick or what he was going to do,” Johansen said.  “I didn’t know what was going to happen, but it’s pretty cool to be on the same team as (Foligno).

“This game’s just all about fun.  We’re going to be out there goofing around and just trying to make some fancy plays, but it’s awesome that we’ll be on the same team, and doing the skills competition together, so it’ll be great.”

There was one trade tonight, with Foligno trading Seguin for Kessel.  Seguin was Foligno’s fifth overall pick, while Kessel was selected first by Toews.

“I was heartbroken about that one,” Toews jokingly said about the Kessel trade.  “I didn’t think it was going to come back to that point and it happened so quick and had to go with it.  It’s part of the business.  Sometimes you’ve got to part ways with players you feel strongly about.”

The All-Star Game is slated for Sunday night at 5:00 in Nationwide Arena.

-Brian Doyle




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