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5-game homestand continues to be good to Wright State with come from behind victory over Northern Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Wampler's clutch shooting, defense and hustle plays fueled Wright State to a key league win

 

WRIGHT STATE RAIDERS 81  NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSEMEN 77. CLEARLY THE TWO BEST TEAM’S IN THE HORIZON LEAGUE.
* BOTH TEAMS ARE NOW TIED FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE HORIZON LEAGUE AT 10-4 WITH 4 GAMES TO GO, SAME AS LAST YEAR.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

* BOTH TEAMS SHOT THE BALL WELL ALL NIGHT AT 50.7% FOR NKU AND 54.7% FOR WSU. BUT THE KEY WAS WSU LIMITING NKU TO 37.9% IN THE 2ND HALF WHILE THE RAIDERS SHOT 50%.
* RAIDERS WERE DOWN 16 POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF AT 43-27 AND BILLY WAMPLER SCORED ALL 13 WSU POINTS IN A ROW AND THE TEAM WERE DOWN 49-44 AT THE HALF.
* 2ND HALF, THE RAIDERS GOT THE BALL INTO LOUDON LOVE MORE AND HE SCORED 10 POINTS, AND BILL WAMPLER HAD 14.
* KEY PLAYS IN THE GAME, RAIDERS 14-20 ON FREE THROWS AND NKU JUST 5-7. RAIDERS GOT BALL INSIDE WITH PASSES AND DRIVING LAYUPS.
* RAIDERS WERE LED BY BILL WAMPLER WITH 29 POINTS AND LOUDON LOVE WITH 20 AND 11 REBOUNDS.
* THE NORSEMEN WERE LED BY NBA PROSPECT DREW McDONALD WITH 23 POINTS.
WRIGHT STATE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BILL WAMPLER




PRE-GAME NOTES:
NORTHERN KENTUCKY:
* The Norse, 20-6 and 10-3, hold a 5-6 mark away from home, including 3-3 in league games.  NKU is coming off a pair of wins over Detroit Mercy (97-65) and Oakland (79-64)  at home last weekend.  Drew McDonald, the current Horizon League Player of the Week, averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in the two games last week.  Jalen Tate added 19 points.
* For the season, McDonald is averaging 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds while Tyler Sharpe holds a 14.3 average.  McDonald, who recently collected his 1,000th career rebound, also leads the League in rebounding and ranks 19th nationally.
WRIGHT STATE:
* The Raiders, 15-11 and 9-4, are currently riding a three-game winning streak and have won seven of the last eight.  WSU defeated Detroit Mercy last Saturday night 83-60 with four Raiders in double-figure scoring led by Loudon Love with 17 points and eight rebounds as the freshman duo of Skyelar Potter and Malachi Smith each pitched in 14 points off the bench.  Mark Hughes got hot from three as he connected on four from behind the arc.
* On the season, Wright State has been led by Love at 15.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with Bill Wampler close behind at 14.4 points and Cole Gentry at 12.7 points.  The Raiders are 11-2 overall and 5-1 in league games at home and haven’t lost at the Nutter Center since the overtime slip to UIC on Dec. 28.  Gentry is currently number one nationally in free throw percentage at 94.7% (72-76) with the team sits 49th overall.  Within the league, Love is currently 10th in scoring and third in rebounding while, in league games only, the Raiders are tops in defense, holding their opponents to just 68.5 points per game.  In the 13 home games this year, the Raiders have outscored their opponents 77.2-64.0 and outrebounded them 39.0-32.5.
* In the overall series, the Raiders lead 23-11 with the Norse winning 68-64 at NKU on Jan. 11.
The Raiders won both meetings last year, 69-67 at home, and 84-81 at Northern.
PRE-GAME NOTES COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE SPORTS INFORMATION FROM PRESS RELEASES

 

 

Hot UD Flyers back home today to take on dangerous UMass at 3:30

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers return home on Sunday, Jan. 13 when the Massachusetts Minutemen visit UD Arena.  Game time is 3:30 p.m. ET.  Dayton is 10-5 this season after coming from 22 points down to win at George Washington 72-66 on Wednesday. The Flyers have won their last five, and UD’s losses are to teams with a combined record of 60-1259-9.  Four of the teams are ranked.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, and televised by NBC Sports Network.  Streaming audio, streaming video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

THE NEARLY-TRANSFORMED UD ARENA
The University of Dayton is past the halfway point of a $72 million renovation of its Arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.
Phase II included new entrances on three of the four sides, a new box office, new seats in the 300 and 400 levels on the east side and a new and expanded concourse on the east side.

#TRENDING
•    Behind a career-high 25 points (20 in the second half) by Jordan Davis, Dayton overcame a 22-point deficit to win its first road game in 365 days, 72-66 over GW on Wednesday.
•    After allowing 50 points in the second half of the previous two games, the Flyers held Richmond under 50 for the whole game, winning their A-10 opener 72-48 last Sunday.
•    Obi Toppin was named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the second straight time (and third time this season) with 16 points and nine rebounds (12 and 8 in the second half) vs. Richmond.
•    But Toppin’s award-winning performance was overshadowed by Josh Cunningham’s first double-double of the season (25/10).  He has scored at least 25 points in 3 of the last 5 games.
•    The 10 millionth fan to attend a Flyer men’s basketball game at UD Arena stepped through the turnstiles at the Richmond game.  UD is 11th school to cross the 10 million mark.  The others are Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Purdue, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.
•    Toppin is currently second nationally in field goal percentage (.702, 87-124).
•    Dayton is sixth in the NCAA and leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in FG% (.511, 429-840).
•    The Flyers are shooting .576 (133-231) over their last four games.
•    Jalen Crutcher leads the A-10 in assists (6.1) and is the only player in the A-10′s top five in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 2.6.  He is also fourth in 3-pt. FG’s per game (2.4).
•    Dayton had a team-record 12 dunks in UD’s 98-59 win over Detroit Mercy and Toppin set a UD record with eight dunks in the game.
•    Trey Landers leads UD in rebounding (8.1).  He is second in the A-10, and as a 6-foot-5 guard, is the shortest member of the A-10 Top Five.

UP NEXT
•    Dayton will finish the week with games at VCU (Jan. 16) and St. Bonaventure (Jan. 19).
•    The Flyers’ next home game is Wednesday, Jan 23 against George Mason at 7 p.m. ET.

#8 Michigan State with big 2nd half, holds off upset-minded #14 Ohio State

GAME RECAP NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

MICHIGAN STATE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH HEAD COACH TOM IZZO

64,254 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach Overall thoughts on game with Ohio State 1 5 2019

64,256 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach Nick Ward is from Columbus he played better this year here than last year 1 5 2019

64,258 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach It was a Throwback Game with physicalness of Kaleb Wesson & Nick Ward banging each other around inside 1 5 2019

64,260 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach On the Ahrens Brothers from Versailles Ohio playing against each other and on Kenny Goins play in the game 1 5 2019

64,264 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach How did your team shoot 76 percent in the 2nd half against a solid defensive team 1 5 2019

MICHIGAN STATE INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

25 Kenny Goins 6 points, 8 rebounds

44 Nick Ward 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots

0 Kyle Ahrens 9 points

5 Cassius Winston 25 points, 5 assists

20 Matt McQuaid 12 points, 6 rebounds

23 Xavier Tillman 8 points, 5 rebound, 4 assists

11 Aaron Henry 5 points

Also playing was 13 Gabe Brown and 3 Foster Loyer and they did not score

Records

Michigan State, winners of eight-straight games and 13 of its last 14 overall, improves to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State falls to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Quick Summary

Ohio State led 50-42 and the Spartans went on a 9-0 run and took the lead at 51-50 on an Aaron Henry 3-pointer with 14:42 to play.

after an Ohio State lead, 72-71 with 4:53 to play, the Spartans took control with an 8-0 run to go up 79-72 with 1:07 left and that was the game.

Tom Izzo Michigan State head coach talks with Spartan Radio Network after OSU game 1 5 19 (megasportsnews.com photo)

Key Stats

  • Winston scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, connecting on 8-of-12 shots from the floor, and handed out five assists.
  • Ward finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, connecting on 5-of-7 shots from the floor and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
  • McQuaid.added 12 points and six rebounds
  • Michigan State outscored Ohio State, 50-34, in the second half and connected on 76.5 percent of its shots during the final 20 minutes (13-of-17), while hitting 84-6 percent of its free throws (22-of-26) in that span.
  • The Spartans held a 37-26 advantage in rebounding.
  • MSU connected on 30-of-37 free throws, 81.1 percent.

Notes

  • This was the 11th time this season Michigan State has scored at least 80 points.
  • Michigan State connected on 54.3 percent of its field goals (25-of-46), the 10th game this season the team has connected on at least 50 percent of its field goals and the seventh-straight.
  • Winston led Michigan State in scoring for the sixth time this season.
  • He has scored at least 20 points six times this season, including three of the last four games, averaging 21.8 points per game in that span.
  • Ward scored at least 20 points for the seventh time this season and the 18th time of his career.
  • This was Ward’s 12th game in double figures and the 57th of his career.
  • McQuaid reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time this season.
  • MSU connected on a season-high 30 free throws with a season-high 37 attempts.  The team’s 81.1 free throw percentage was the second-highest (81.8 percent vs. ULM).

 

Coach Izzo told the media that his team's experience took over in the 2nd half of Saturday's win at Ohio State (megasportsnews.com photo)

Dayton Flyers players Cunningham, Toppin, earn Atlantic 10 honors

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DOUG HAUSCHILD; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Josh Cunningham

Obi Toppin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – University of Dayton forwards Josh Cunningham and Obi Toppin have both earned weekly honors for their performances in Dayton’s 94-90 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.  Cunningham was named A-10 Co-Player of the Week, while Toppin was picked Co-Rookie of the Week.

 

Cunningham scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and matched his career high with five assists in the win, which was Dayton’s eighth in 13 games.  The redshirts senior co-captain from Chicago made 10 of 14 shots and was also five-for-seven from the free throw line.  Cunningham is just 12 points away from 1,000 in his career (260 at Bradley, and 728 so far at Dayton).

 

Toppin, a redshirt freshman from Ossining, N.Y., had 22 points for the third time in his young career.  He made nine of 10 field goals in the GSU win, and on his only miss, he grabbed the rebound falling away from the basket and slammed it home with a one-handed tomahawk jam.  Toppin is second in the nation in overall field goal percentage (.733, 77-105).

 

Cunningham and Toppin are two of the four Dayton players averaging double figures.  Cunningham leads at 16.0, Jalen Crutcher is second (14.1), Toppin third (13.4) and Trey Landers fourth (10.5).  Toppin and Landers are both in the top five of field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10.  Cunningham is shooting .654 (70-107).

 

The Flyer duo shared conference honors with Grant Golden (co-player) and Jake Wojcik (co-rookie) of Richmond.  Oddly enough, all four could be on Tom Blackburn Court next Sunday when the Flyers and Spiders both open their respective Atlantic 10 seasons at UD Arena.  Game time is 12 noon p.m. ET.

 

UD Arena awaits its 10 Millionth Fan for today’s game with the Richmond Spiders

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DOUG HAUSCHILD; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

UD Arena outside 2007 photo By Adam Sonnett, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

UD Arena before fans show up (megasportsnews.com photo)

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers will begin its 24th season in the Atlantic 10 Conference on Sunday, Jan. 6 when Richmond visits Tom Blackburn Court.  Game time is 12 noon ET.  Dayton is 8-5 this season with wins in its last three games.  UD’s losses are to teams with a combined record of 56-7.  Four of the teams are ranked.

 

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, and televised by NBC Sports Network.  Streaming audio, streaming video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

 

THE NEARLY-TRANSFORMED UD ARENA

The University of Dayton is past the halfway point of a $72 million renovation of its Arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.

Phase II included new entrances on three of the four sides, a new box office, new seats in the 300 and 400 levels on the east side and a new and expanded concourse on the east side.

 

#TRENDING

•          The 10 millionth fan to attend a Flyer men’s basketball game at UD Arena will step through the turnstiles at the Richmond game.  UD will be 10th school to cross the 10 million mark.  The others are Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

•          Dayton got half of its points from big men Josh Cunningham (25) and Obi Toppin (22) in last Saturday’s 94-90 win over Georgia Southern.

•          Both Cunningham (Co-Player) and Toppin (Co-Rookie) earned weekly honors from the Atlantic 10 for their performances.  Interestingly, they shared the awards with Grant Golden and Jack Wojcik of Richmond, and the quartet, along with the rest of their teammates, will open A-10 play against each other.

•          Toppin is currently second nationally in field goal percentage (.733, 77-105).

•          Dayton is seventh in the NCAA and leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in FG% (.512, 373-729).  UD is the only team with two players in the A-10 top five (Toppin and Cunningham).

•          The Flyers are shooting .590 (102-173) over their last three games.

•          Jalen Crutcher is the only player in the A-10’s top five in assists (2nd, 5.9) and 3-pt. FG% (4th, .438, 35-80), assist-to-turnover ratio (3rd, 2.5) and minutes (5th, 35.5).

•          Crutcher was Dayton’s top performer at the Battle4Atlantis, reaching double figures all three games, and averaging 15.0 points and 5.2 assists per contest.  UD was fourth at the B4A.

•          Dayton had a team-record 12 dunks in UD’s 98-59 win over Detroit Mercy and Toppin set a UD record with eight dunks in the game.

•          Trey Landers leads UD in rebounding (8.0).  He is second in the A-10, and as a 6-foot-5 guard, is the shortest member of the A-10 Top Five.

 

UP NEXT

•          The Flyers go on the road at GW on Jan. 9, and then return home for UMass on Jan. 13.

•          The Massachusetts game is Dayton’s annual Hall of Fame Game.  Tip-Off is 3:30 p.m. ET.

 

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