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No second half collapse this year for Wilmington against Thomas More in 110-86 win


Wilmington College Athletics November 26, 2013

In a total team effort, the Wilmington College men’s basketball team ensured there wouldn’t be a repeat of last year’s second-half implosion against Thomas More.

Wilmington led the Saints by 16 at halftime of last season’s game, but let it slip away and fell by 10 points. No such luck for Thomas More Tuesday.

The Fightin’ Quakers used a 19-6 run late in the first half and never looked back in routing the visiting Saints, 108-75, in non-conference action at Fred Raizk Arena.  It was the first time since a 110-86 victory over Oakland City in the 2008-09 season, Wilmington scored more than 100 points in regulation.

“This group is opposite of the groups the last couple of years,” said WC head coach K.C. Hunt. “We had a couple opportunities like this, but tonight we put the game away early.”

In a carry over from their last game, the Fightin’ Quakers continued their unselfish ways – dishing out 21 assists on 35 made baskets. Junior point guard Dwight Johnson (Dayton, OH/Jefferson) distributed a team-high five assists. He has recorded five assists in each of the first three games. Eight different players had assists in Wilmington’s victory.

“Obviously we shared and shot the ball well tonight,” said Hunt. “I wasn’t pleased with our defensive effort to allow 75 points.”

Two separate double-digit runs in the first half had Wilmington living comfortably. The Fightin’ Quakers put together a 12-1 run midway through the opening half to gain their first double-figure lead of the game. After TMC cut the lead in half, the aforementioned 19-6 spurt had the Saints on the rope as Wilmington led by 18 at the break.

A lay-up to start the second stanza pulled Thomas More to as close as it would get in the second half. The Saints got their deficit to 16 on three separate occasions.

Wilmington had 14 players score, led by senior Malcolm Heard II (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington), who posted with 15th career double-double with a season-high 24 points and 10 boards. He was 7-of-8 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. As a team, Wilmington shot 96.9 percent (31-of-32) from the charity stripe.

It’s the 53rd time in Heard’s career, the first this season, he managed at least 10 points.

Three players registered career-highs for WC. Freshman John Righter (Pataskala, OH/Licking Heights) scored 11 points, all in the first half. Senior Ben McGriff (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) added 10 points and freshman Law Williams (Dayton, OH/Thurgood Marshall) had eight points.

Junior R.J. Leppert (Liberty Township, OH/Lakota East) continued his steady play with 11 points, four assists, two steals and two rebounds. Senior Klarke Ransome (Richwood, OH/North Union) was the fifth Wilmington player to reach double-figures with 12 points.

Wilmington (2-1) travels to the College of Mount St. Joseph 3 p.m. Sunday for the conclusion of the Transylvania game that was suspended on November 17. The Fightin’ Quakers lead 34-32 at the half.



Wright State hangs tough at South Alabama but falls 74-70

The Wright State men’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit to within one in the second half, only to fall short as South Alabama held on for a 74-70 decision in the final game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.

Cole Darling tied the game at 16 with a tip-in at the 10:23 mark of the first half, only to see Jaguars follow with a 14-4 run over the next five minutes, the first eight of those points coming from Augustine Rubit.  A Miles Dixon layup made it 30-25 with three minutes to play in the period before threes from T.J. Johnson and Barrington Stevens helped extend the lead to 39-31 at the break.

South Alabama scorched the nets in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 14 of 21 shots overall, including seven of 13 from three-point range, while WSU shot 43 percent.

The Raiders gradually chipped away at the deficit and closed to within one at 55-54 as AJ Pacher completed a three-point play with 7:07 remaining.  Ken Williams, however, answered with a three on the next possession and despite Wright State trimming the margin to two on four different occasions down the stretch, the Jaguars hung on the lead.

WSU shot 50 percent in the second half to end up at 46 percent overall while USA shot 38 percent to finish at 51 percent for the game.  The Jaguars were also 18 of 24 at the foul line compared to 12 of 18 for the Raiders.  Wright State led 38-20 in points in the paint and 17-12 in points off of turnovers.

Pacher led the Raiders with 18 points while Darling and Dixon each had 11.  Kendall Griffin had eight points and seven rebounds and Reggie Arceneaux added eight points off the bench.

Rubit paced South Alabama (3-2) with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds while Williams and Stevens each had 13.

Wright State (3-3) hosts a pair of games next week, facing Alcorn State on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 and Western Carolina on Saturday, November 30, at 3:00.



WSU Raiders Men’s Basketball defeats Houston Baptist

A 20-5 second half run lifted the men’s basketball team to a 75-59 win over Houston Baptist Friday as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Mobile, Alabama.

The Huskies started quickly, jumping out to a 14-8 lead just over five minutes into the game before WSU responded with an 8-0 burst to go in front for the first time at 16-14, a run that saw Steven Davis convert a three-point play and JT Yoho connect on a three-pointer.

The two teams were later tied six times in the first half until a Kendall Griffin three-point play and five more points from Davis helped the Raiders lead at the break 36-34.

Houston Baptist shot 62 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including four of six from behind the arc, while Wright State shot 46 percent and was just one of five from three.  The Raiders, however, hit 11 of 15 free throws compared to four of six for the Huskies and held a 12-0 edge in points off of turnovers as they forced HBU into 10 miscues while committing only five.

The Huskies regained the lead at 40-38 early in the second half before WSU went on its decisive run over an eight-minute span, a run that featured four three-pointers overall and eight points from Miles Dixon, who began his college career at Houston Baptist.

HBU closed to within seven twice in the final five minutes of the game, but would get no closer as Reggie Arceneaux hit a jumper on the first occasion and knocked down a three on the second to make it 67-57 with 1:54 to play.

The Raiders hit 11 of 18 shots in the second half for 61 percent, including a blistering five of six from three, to finish at 52 percent for the game and made 12 of 13 foul shots to end up at 23 of 28 for the contest.  Houston Baptist, meanwhile, made just seven of 25 shots after halftime altogether and was one of eight from behind the arc.  WSU also led 33-9 in points off of turnovers.

Davis led all scorers with 17 points off the bench, 11 in the first half, while Arceneaux added 15 in a reserve role as the Raiders finished with a 38-17 bench scoring advantage.  Dixon had 16 points and Griffin 10.

Cody Joyce paced Houston Baptist (1-3) with 11 points while Caleb Crayton had 10.



WSU Raiders adds five to Men’s Basketball program for 2014-15 season


The Wright State men’s basketball program has announced the signing of five players to attend WSU and play basketball for the Raiders next fall: Grant Benzinger, a 6-3 guard from Cincinnati, Ohio; Roderick Davis, a 6-8 forward from Brandon, Florida; Grant Evans, a 6-3 guard from Muncie, Indiana; Justin Mitchell, a 6-4 guard from Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Joe Thomasson, a 6-4 guard from Dayton, Ohio.

“The 2014 recruiting class has a terrific balance of athleticism, skill and toughness,” WSU head coach Billy Donlon said.  “They are all quality young men, which is a credit to their families, teachers, coaches, and communities.  They have potential, but will need to continue to put in hard work to capitalize on their potential.  I am thankful for the efforts of the staff in assembling this recruiting class.”

Benzinger, a senior at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, averaged 13.4 points per game last season for Moeller. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range.  Playing for legendary coach Carl Kremer, Grant helped lead Moeller to a record of 23-3 during his junior season.  He was also named to the GCL-South All-Conference First Team during the 2012-13 campaign.

“Grant plays for one of the best coaching staffs in the country, led by head coach Carl Kremer,” Donlon said.  “Grant will bring an ability to shoot the ball that will translate immediately to the college game.  Grant’s toughness and competitive spirit are his most attractive qualities as a player.”

Davis, a senior at Brandon High School near Tampa, averaged 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a junior. called Davis “one of the more versatile forwards in Florida’s 2014 class.”  Davis helped lead Brandon to an 18-9 record during the 2012-13 season.  Brandon is coached by Jamie Turner.

“Roderick brings an inside-outside combination to his game that we like,” Donlon said.  “He has great leadership qualities that our program values.  Roderick brings a competitive spirit that is an invaluable asset.”


Evans, a senior at Wapahani High School in Selma, Indiana, helped lead his team to a 22-4 record and a sectional tournament title with an average of 17.9 points per game as a junior.   He shot 44% from 3-point range, while also becoming the school’s career scoring leader with 1,346 points.  Grant was selected to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Junior All-Star team after the 2012-13 season.  Wapahani, coached by Matt Luce, has a record of 57-13 during Grant’s 3-year career.

“Grant Evans has a very good offensive skill set,” Donlon said  “He combines the ability to shoot and score with a high basketball IQ and instinctive passing skills.  His high school program is very fundamentally sound, and Grant was placed in a leadership role starting with his very first high school practice.  He was our first commitment in this class, which shows his excitement about our program.  He will be a terrific teammate. “

Justin Mitchell, a senior at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, averaged 20.6 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 59% from the field overall.  He was named to the Summit Athletic Conference First Team during the 2012-13 season.  Wayne High School, coached by Aaron Rehrer, achieved a 13-9 record last season.

“Justin is a terrific student, person, and player,” Donlon said.  “He will defend multiple positions, and can attack the rim on the offensive end.  Coach Rehrer plays a physical style that has prepared Justin for the Division I level.”

Thomasson, a sophomore at State Fair Community College, played for Darnell Hoskins at Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio.  During his junior year at Thurgood Marshall, the Cougars finished the season as Division II State Runner-up.  Thomasson averaged 16 points per game during 2011-12, his senior season at Thurgood.  He averaged 14.2 points per game as a freshman at State Fair, while also earning Region 16 First Team honors.

“Joe is a terrific passer, which indicates a great feel for the game,” Donlon said.  “Joe brings great size for a point/combo guard.  Coach Hoskins discipline, toughness, and teaching has impacted Joe immensely.”



Wright State Men’s Basketball runs Manchester off court, 83-33

The Wright State men’s basketball team scored 50 points in the first half and never looked back in a dominating 83-33 victory over Manchester Monday night at WSU’s Nutter Center as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

WSU jumped out to a 19-4 lead just over five minutes into the contest and gradually built on the advantage from there, going up 50-17 at the break thanks to 56 percent field goal shooting and hitting 11 of 14 foul shots while the Spartans shot 28 percent from the floor, missed all 11 of their three-point attempts, and made just three of four free throws.

The Raiders eventually led by as much as 82-24 with 5:16 remaining before Manchester closed the game with a 9-1 run.

Wright State shot 53 percent for the game and was 17 of 22 at the foul line while the Spartans shot 25 percent and were five of seven at the stripe.  The Raiders forced 25 turnovers while committing 12, resulting in a 39-9 differential in points off of turnovers.  WSU also led 48-18 in points in the paint and 18-0 in fast-break points.

Four Raiders finished in double figures as Jerran Young had 14 off the bench and Miles Dixon, Matt Vest and Cole Darling had 10 each.  All 12 Wright State players that saw playing time scored.

Silas Sims paced Manchester (0-3) with 12 points.



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