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Rutgers Men’s Basketball enjoys successful trip to Spain going 4-0

Gracias España; Scarlet Knights Return Home


BARCELONA, Spain (August 16, 2019) - Rutgers men’s basketball departed Barcelona Friday morning to conclude its tour abroad with comradery, experience and victories in its carry-ons. In addition to their 4-0 record, the Scarlet Knights immersed themselves in the regional cultures of Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona through various tours, activities, outings and engagements.


“It was an unbelievable trip,” said head coach Steve Pikiell at the airport terminal on Friday. “Spain is a spectacular country. We couldn’t get any more activities in than we did. Today is the only day that it has rained, so we had a great trip weather-wise. We saw things, did things, and played four great games, the last against terrific competition.”


In its final game on Wednesday night, Rutgers had to overcome a 12-point deficit to earn a 104-87 victory over the El Maresme All-Stars. Trailing 53-44 at halftime, the Scarlet Knights outscored El Maresme 38-19 in the third quarter to gain control.


In total, RU outscored its opponents 387-284 and had five players produce double-figure scoring averages.


“Everyone played,” said Pikiell “We had four different leading scorers and really passed the ball well. We showed signs of being a good basketball team.”


Rutgers competed against professional club teams under FIBA rules. The games were comprised of four, 10-minute quarters.


“We have great kids first and foremost,” said Pikiell. “They represented Rutgers the right way. We can be a unique team. We have a lot of versatility. A lot of guys have improved…Stats don’t tell the whole story. I like our newcomers a great deal, but I really love our veteran guys too.”


Sophomore Ron Harper Jr. concluded the tour as the leading scorer, averaging 17.0 points-per-game, while senior Shaq Carter paced RU on the boards (9.3). Carter (16.0) and juniors Jacob Young (13.3), Geo Baker (10.5) and Peter Kiss (10.5) also averaged double digits, as the Scarlet Knights produced 96.8 points-per-game. Baker dished-out 17 assists and Young had 10 steals.


“We need to get better on defense, but we can really score, which is a good thing,” added Pikiell.


Carter made a team-best 62.2 percent (28‐of-45) of his field goal attempts. Harper Jr.  shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) at the charity stripe.


“Both are very improved,” said Pikiell. “Getting better has been a staple of our program, but those two put in a lot of time and changed their bodies…They are going to pose problems for people moving forward.”


In Barcelona, the Scarlet Knights visited La Sagrada Familia, a giant basilica by Gaudi that has been under construction since 1882, and venues from the 1992 Summer Olympics, where the “Dream Team” captured gold. The team also toured FC Barcelona Stadium and took time out to give back by hosting a youth clinic for boys and girls in the Mataro municipality of Barcelona


“We saw the power of Rutgers,” said Pikiell when asked about the tour’s impact. “Everywhere we turned, there was somebody from New Jersey, somebody from Rutgers, or somebody that knew someone from Rutgers. It was tremendous for our players to experience different cultures.”


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Wright State sweeps Italy with 91-60 win over Caffee Ginko


(courtesy WSU)

On the final night of the three-game, ten-day tour of Italy, Wright State beat Caffee Ginko of Serbia 91-60. The Raiders were led in scoring by sophomore Skyelar Potter with 17 points, sophomore James Manns chipped in 16 points and juniorLoudon Love added 10 points. All 15 players saw action for the second straight game.

“We had a really good summer that was finished off with a win where we saw contributions from everyone,” head coachScott Nagy said. “We have a lot to work on before we start this season but we are at a huge advantage having played these three games in Italy. We look forward to getting back to work this fall.”

The Raiders stifled the Serbian team on the defensive end by forcing 25 turnovers and holding their opponent to 40 percent from the field and 26.3 percent beyond the arc. WSU shot 50.7 percent for the game.

For the four freshmen on the roster, the trip provided a taste of their first collegiate competition experience.   “This was my first time playing at the college level,” freshman Trey Calvin said.  “It was a lot of fun. The game is so different and more physical in Europe but at the end of the day it is still basketball so we were able to adapt to the game.”

The Raiders will get a chance to enjoy some time off until the fall semester starts on August 26.



Wright State playing well on its trip to Italy, wins second game, 99-44 over Vicenza Locali; defense was the key

Defense and scoring at the basket were the keys to victory for Wright State in a 99-44 win over Vicenza Locali in game two of their ten-day tour of Italy.

The Raiders jumped out to a 22-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Vicenza Locali had trouble all night getting the ball in the hoop. The Italian team finished shooting 20-66 (30.6%) from the floor.

Junior Loudon Love scored the first seven points for the Raiders on three straight possessions. Love ended the game with a team-high 15 points.  Redshirt freshman Grant Basile chipped in 11 points, including a picturesque Euro-step finish that was fitting for the setting.

“We were much sharper defensively, I was very pleased with the effort on that end of the ball,” head coach Scott Nagysaid. “We were able to pound the ball inside with Loudon and Grant and that really opened up the floor for us offensively.”

Wright State team chemistry shined as they finished with 24 assists on 36 made field goals. A bulk of the assists came in transition as the Raiders were able to snatch 16 steals, led by sophomore Jaylon Hall’s six.

“For a team with nine guys who did not play for us last year it has been helpful to get a chance to play together,” Love said. “All of the bonding going on this trip both on and off the court is so valuable to our team this season.”

All 15 players on the trip gained valuable experience in live game action during this contest. Freshman Dre Harris contributed 14 points including two put backs on offensive rebounds. However, the newcomer has taken so much more away from this tour of Italy.

“This trip has shown me that there is so much more than just Ohio where I have lived my whole life,” Harris said. “It has shown me how big the world is and how much I want to go places and see different things.”



Dayton Men’s Basketball announces Staff Changes

Two Promotions, One Addition and One Former Staff Member Returns

DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced several staff changes:


·         Andy Farrell, formerly Director of Scouting & Program Development, is now Special Assistant to the Head Coach & Recruiting Coordinator

·         Brett Comer, formerly a Graduate Assistant, is now Director of Player Development

·         Khyle Marshall, officially named a Graduate Assistant

·         Casey Cathrall, named Strength & Conditioning Coach, replacing Ed Streit (who took a position with the Los Angeles Lakers)


“These personnel changes reflect steps forward for Dayton basketball and our coaching staff,” Grant said.  “Andy and Brett have been important to our program from Day One.  Kyhle brings a strong basketball experience to his GA position.  And we are very fortunate to be able to bring Casey back on board.  Ed had a great professional opportunity and we wish him well, but Casey’s return gives us continuity in our strength program.”


Farrell, a 2007 Dayton grad, has been with the program since Grant’s arrival in 2017.  Prior to returning to UD, he has been on the staffs at Southwest Mississippi Community College, Longwood, DePaul and VCU (under Grant).


Comer also joined the Flyer basketball program in 2017.  As a college player, he was the point guard on Florida Gulf Coast’s “Dunk City” Sweet Sixteen team.  He is ranked 24th all-time on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I career assists list, graduating in 2015.  A knee injury ended his professional career.


Marshall’s basketball journey also has him connected with Florida Gulf Coast.  He was FGCU’s video coordinator last season. A three-year starter at Butler who played on the Bulldogs’ Final Four team in 2011, Marshall played professionally for four seasons overseas from 2014-18.


Cathrall spent the 2018-19 season as the men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach for the University of Miami.  He was Grant’s first strength coach at UD.  Cathrall had previously served at Miami in the same capacity during the Hurricanes’ ACC championship season in 2012-13.  He returns to UD after his successor, Ed Streit, who returned to the NBA when he accepted a position with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Dayton was 21-12 and reached the NIT in Anthony Grant’s second season as the Dayton head coach. UD was third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 13-5 record.  Dayton was second in the nation as a team in field goal percentage (.504, 902 of 1789).  That was also the best single-season FG% in school history.


The Flyers return three starters and will add five veteran redshirts in 2019-20.   Included in the starters are All-Atlantic 10 performers Obi Toppin (2019 Rookie of the Year and First Team All-A-10), and junior guard Jalen Crutcher (Third Team All-A-10).  Also returning are 2018-19 co-captains Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell.




Purdue Fort Wayne joining Horizon League in 2020-2021



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue University Fort Wayne announced today that it will join the Horizon League and will begin competition during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Horizon League Board of Directors approved the university’s application for membership this week. Purdue Fort Wayne will officially join the League on July 1, 2020.

Officials from the university and the Horizon League made the joint announcement during a news conference held on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus this morning.

“We are excited to welcome Purdue Fort Wayne to the Horizon League family,” said Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone. “The Mastodons align with the Horizon League’s mission, vision, and core values and is located in the middle of our geographic footprint. Their addition will bring competitive potential, especially in men’s basketball, and an engaged and vitalized community. Purdue Fort Wayne is the right school at the right time.”

“This is a wonderful day for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and fans,” said Purdue Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald L. Elsenbaumer. “Our student-athletes and coaches are ready and eager to compete at the highest levels, and this move will provide incredible opportunities for them to shine. We are honored to join such an impressive group of universities in a league that is such a perfect fit for us.”

The Horizon League currently includes ten universities: Cleveland State University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky University, Oakland University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Wright State University, and Youngstown State University. Purdue Fort Wayne is located at the center point of the League, an average of 170 miles from each member.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are now entering their second full season of play under the Purdue brand, which was adopted in July 2018 as part of the university’s realignment under the Purdue University system.

“A great league of great schools just got even stronger and more competitive,” said Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. “Purdue Fort Wayne will bring new fans, new visibility, and instant rivalries. It’s a good move for all concerned.”

The university’s move to the Horizon League becomes effective with the 2020-2021 academic year. The university will continue as a member of the Summit League for the current 2019-2020 academic year.

“I know our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans are bursting with pride and excitement as we begin the transition into a new League and new levels of competition,” said Kelley Hartley Hutton, Athletic Director at Purdue Fort Wayne. “We are incredibly grateful to our donors and friends who have provided financial support to help offset the costs of transitioning to a new athletics conference.”

Purdue Fort Wayne fields teams in 16 NCAA Division I sports and will sponsor 15 teams in the Horizon League: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The men’s volleyball program will continue to compete in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

“We are pleased to welcome Purdue University Fort Wayne to the Horizon League family. It is clear that the vision, values, and mission of Purdue University Fort Wayne are clearly aligned with those we champion in the Horizon League,” said Mark Mone, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Horizon League Chairman of the Board.

Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in Northeast Indiana and is part of the Purdue University system. Purdue Fort Wayne is uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement. Rigorous academics are combined with a focus on student success across prestigious degree programs taught by more than 300 full-time faculty. More than 10,000 students of diverse ages, ethnicities, and nationalities pursue their education on the nearly 700-acre campus. A majority of the university’s 61,000 alumni live and work in Indiana contributing significantly to the state’s economy, vitality, and intellectual strength. The university has joined the Horizon League athletics conference, effective fall 2020, and fields 16 NCAA Division I sports teams. For more information, visit

The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest’s major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the League and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community. For more information, visit






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