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Wright State men’s basketball wins Horizon League tournament; earns third NCAA bid in school history





The Wright State men’s basketball team used five players in double-figure scoring to post an 87-72 win over Green Bay in the second round of the Little Caesars Horizon League Championship in Detroit Saturday night.

Loudon Love led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds while Cole Gentry added 16 and Grant Benzinger andEverett Winchester each ended with 15 points.  Mark Hughes and Jaylon Hall finished with 10 points each.

With the 23 wins, the Raiders matched the most wins in a Division I season set twice before in 2007 and 2013.  With Love’s seven rebounds tonight, he becomes the all-time season leader with 308 rebounds, surpassing Thad Burton’s 305 in 1998.

First Half Highlights

  • WSU led 37-21 at halftime with a well-spread out offense.
  • The Phoenix went scoreless until 12:50 to go in the half.
  • The Raiders shot 47% from the field and hit six threes with only four turnovers.
  • Wright State collected 14 points in the paint.

Second Half Highlights

  • The Raiders scored 50 points in the second half.
  • WSU shot 58% from the field as Winchester led WSU with 12 points.
  • Gentry and Love each had nine points.
  • Green Bay had 19 fouls as WSU shot 26 free throws, making 20.
  • Wright State scored 20 points in the paint.


  • WSU outrebounded the Phoenix 36-32 and notched 19 assists on 28 field goals made.
  • The Raiders shot 52% from the field with eight threes and 23 free throws made.
  • WSU outscored GB in the paint 34-18 and 16-5 off turnovers.
  • The Raider bench scored 25 points.
  • Wright State led by 21 with 15:18 remaining while GB never led.


“I told the guys we were really good defensively tonight.  I’m really pleased with how we came out and stayed focused.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy

“You have to guard the ball well and the others who aren’t on the ball need to fill the lanes.  It was a team effort and we did our job.”
Grant Benzinger

“I work on passing a lot.  At the beginning of the second I was passing to the fifth row but we keep working on it.  We have two more games to concentrate on now.”
Loudon Love





The Wright State men’s basketball team is now one game shy of the ultimate goal of the NCAA Tournament as they defeated Milwaukee 59-53 in the semifinals of the Little Caesars Horizon League Championship Monday night in Detroit.  The Raiders will meet the eight seed Cleveland State which defeated Oakland in the first semifinal game 44-43.

Loudon Love notched a double-double in the first half and finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds as fellow freshman Jaylon Hall came off the bench for 12 points.  Senior Grant Benzinger grabbed 10 boards with eight points.

The Raiders also set a new Wright State division I record with 24 wins as WSU took the lead for good late in the first half



First Half Highlights

  • The Raiders went to the locker room up 27-25.
  • Milwaukee jumped out early and held the lead for almost 13 minutes of the first half.
  • Loudon Love had his 13th double-double after 20 minutes with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Ernsthausen and Benzinger each had six points.
  • WSU outrebounded the Panthers 24-17 and shot 34% from the field to 30% for UWM.

Second Half Highlights

  • Love scored eight points and just one rebound but made two important free throws with 1:26 remaining.
  • Hall led the way with nine points in the second period.
  • Wright State shot 32% in the second half with just two threes.
  • Milwaukee shot 33%, also hitting just two threes.


  • Milwaukee outscored the Raiders in the paint 24-20 but the Raider bench came out strong 12-0.
  • The Panthers’ largest lead was six midway through the first half as the Raiders led by eight at 12:07 to go.
  • WSU outrebounded the Panthers 42-40.
  • There were low turnover numbers with WSU posting 10 and Milwaukee just eight.
  • The Raiders were good from the line at 85% (17-20).
  • There were just two lead changes and three ties.




The Wright State men’s basketball team will go dancing for the first time since 2007 as they captured the 2018 Little Caesars Horizon League Championship in Detroit Tuesday night with a 74-57 win over Cleveland State.

Grant Benzinger, named MVP of the Tournament, led the way with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals while freshman Loudon Love, also named to the All-Tournament Team, had nine points and 12 boards.  Cole Gentry and Jaylon Hall each added 11 points.

This is the third NCAA Division I Tournament appearance for the Raiders as they won the 1993 Mid-Continent Conference title over UIC and the 2007 Horizon League title over Butler.  This is the first conference championship away from WSU’s Nutter Center.  The Raiders are 25-9, a new program record for division I wins at Wright State.


First Half Highlights

  • The Vikings led much of the first 10 minutes of the first half until Jaylon Hall hit a three to tie it at 17.
  • Mark Hughes three gave the Raiders a 22-21 lead.
  • WSU’s 13-2 run over six minutes led to a 27-21 Raider advantage, including a three pointer from Parker Ernsthausen.
  • Wright State led 34-26 at halftime.
  • Spread out scoring included everyone: Benzinger nine, Hughes six, Hall, Ernsthausen and Gentry with five each.
  • Love had nine rebounds.

Second Half Highlights

  • The Raiders outscored the Vikings 40-31 in the second 20 minutes.
  • WSU shot 52% from the field, going 16 of 31.
  • Benzinger collected 10 of his points with two threes.
  • Love had seven of his nine points in the second half.
  • Wright State had 20 rebounds while CSU had 12.


  • Love set a new freshman scoring record previously owned by Bill Edwards in 1990.
  • Wright State outscored the Vikings in the paint 34-22 and 17-8 off the bench.
  • Cleveland State’s largest lead was five midway through the first half as WSU had its biggest lead of 18 late in the game.
  • The Raiders shot 43% from the field and CSU shot 40%.
  • Wright State won the boards 40-30.


  • The Raiders will await word on their next game on Selection Sunday.







Dayton dominates George Washington on Senior Day with 88-78 win; Darrell Davis gets closer to 1,000 career points by leading team with 22


Dayton seniors, Joey Gruden and Darrell Davis (courtesy Dayton)


Five Flyers Score In Double Figures As Dayton Defeats GW, 88-78

DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated George Washington 88-78 at UD Arena on Senior Day, the final regular season game of the season.
Darrell Davis scored a game-high 22 points and was one of five Flyers to score in double figures on the night, as Dayton improves its record to 14-16 overall and 8-10 in conference play, while George Washington drops to 14-17 overall and 7-11 in the Atlantic 10. The win ensured Dayton will be seeded in front of George Washington in next week’s Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, which will take place in Washington, D.C.  at Capital One Arena from March 7-11.
Seniors Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden were honored prior to the game in front of the capacity crowd at UD Arena for Senior Night.
•Darrell Davis opened his Senior Night with a three-pointer on Dayton’s first offensive possession to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead, which they would not relinquish for the entire first half.
•Dayton raced out to a 16-5 lead, powered behind eight early points from Darrell Davis, with 14:59 to play in the first half. The 11-point margin was the largest lead in the half.
•George Washington had a seven-minute stretch (15:51-8:47) where the Colonials were a perfect 10-for-10 shooting from the floor and narrowed the Flyers lead down to 27-23.
•George Washington’s Jair Bolden hit a step-back jumper at the elbow with 20 seconds remaining to make the score 37-32 and bring the Colonials within five points heading into halftime.
•Flyer freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo had 10 points in the first half, which led all players.
•George Washington took its first lead of the game when a layup from Arnaldo Toro made the score 41-40 with 17:18 to play in the game.
•The game was tied at 46-46 when the Flyers exploded with a 12-0 run to begin taking control of the game. The run was highlighted by six points from Josh Cunningham and made the score 58-46 with 13:47 remaining.
•The closest George Washington would get after Dayton’s 12-0 run was seven points, when Yuta Watanabe made a leaning jumper to bring the score to 83-76 with 39 seconds remaining.
•Sophomore Trey Landers made three free throws in the final 20 seconds to help seal the win for Dayton
•Darrell Davis led all scorers with 22 points and was one of five players that scored in double figures for Dayton. Josh Cunningham and Trey Landers both scored 17 apiece, Kostas Antetokounmpo added 14 points, and Jordan Davis pitched in 11 more points.
•Darrell Davis now has 994 career points and is just six points shy of becoming the 48th player in Dayton history with 1,000 career points.
•It was the sixth time this season the Flyers have had five players score in double figures, with the last time being on Feb. 10 at VCU.
•Antetokounmpo’s 14 points marked a new career high. His previous best was 12 points, which he had set against Akron on Nov. 25 and then matched that total vs. Saint Louis on Feb. 20.
•Cunningham also led the Flyers with 13 rebounds, giving him his ninth double-double of the season.
•Dayton had 23 assists for the game as a team, while George Washington had just 13 assists. The Flyers recorded an assist on 23 of their 32 made field goals (72%).
•Jaylen Crutcher was the leading assist man for the Flyers with seven helpers.
•Joey Gruden recorded his first career start.
•Tonight marked Dayton’s sixth sellout of the season and capped off the second-best season in terms of average attendance ever at UD Arena with 12,997 fans a game. The all-time record was set last season with a mark of 13,018, which broke the previous record set during the 1969-70 season, which was the Arena’s inaugural season.
•Dayton led the game for a total of 38:44 in game time, while George Washington held the lead for just 18 seconds.
•Dayton will compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at Capital One Arena from March 7-11.
•UD’s first game will be on Thursday, March 8 against an opponent to be determined after this evening’s games.


Miami RedHawks suffers Senior Night loss to arch-rival Ohio 75-66



OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University men’s basketball team dropped a 75-66 decision on Friday night to the Ohio Bobcats in the annual Battle of the Bricks. The loss drops Miami to 15-16 overall and 8-10 in MAC play. Ohio improves to 14-16, 7-11.

This was the final regular season contest for both teams. Details for the Mid-American Conference are still being finalized, but Miami will be home on Monday (March 5) at 7 p.m. to begin postseason play. Stay tuned to for up-to-the-minute details on Miami’s opponent.

Miami had four players in double figures, led by freshman Nike Sibande’s 23. Jalen Adaway added 13 and Logan McLane and Dalonte Brown had 10 points apiece. Brown added a game-high 10 rebounds to make it a double-double. McLane, along with Rod Mills were honored following the contest on senior night.

Ohio shot 50-percent for the game and 44-percent from behind the arc, while Miami was 45-percent for the game and 31-percent from three. Ohio had 36 points in the paint compared to Miami’s 24, while the RedHawks had an 18-9 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Like so many other Battle of the Bricks, the contest was tight throughout, seeing 13 ties and 16 more lead changes.

Ohio opened the contest with an early 5-0 lead, but Miami answered with an 11-4 run, capped by a three pointer from Sibande.

The two teams exchanged buckets for most of the first half. Miami’s largest lead in the opening 20 minutes was 30-25 and 35-30. Ohio converted on a runner in the lane with 25 seconds left in the half to send the two teams to the locker room with Miami leading 35-32.

The tight game continued into the second half, neither team garnering more than a three point lead seven minutes into the second stanza. Brown’s steal and dunk with 12:16 to play put Miami up 51-48, but Ohio responded with an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take its largest lead of the game, 59-51.Miami clawed back into the game on the back of Sibande. The freshman scored eight of Miami’s next 12 points as Ohio’s lead was just four at 67-63 with 3:11 to play.

The RedHawks would get no closer. The Bobcats used four straight free throws to extend its lead to 71-63 and finished the contest with a 75-66 victory.

Miami returns to action on Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Millett Hall. An opponent will be named once the conference bracket is announced.



Dayton Flyers end regular season home schedule by hosting George Washington Colonials


DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers will celebrate Senior Day, honoring Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden, when they face the George Washington Colonials on Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ET.  The game will be televised on NBCSN and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at
•George Washington leads the series 18-16, but Dayton has won seven straight at UD Arena.
•Last year, the Colonials defeated Dayton, 87-81 in Washington D.C., on March 4, 2017.
•Since the 2012-13 season, Dayton has the most conference regular season wins with 74.
•VCU is next with 72, followed by St. Bonaventure (70), Richmond (62), Saint Louis (61), George Washington (61) and Saint Joseph’s (61).
•Dayton won the Atlantic 10 regular season title in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.
•Dayton is 11-2 this year scoring 71 or more points in regulation, 2-12 scoring 70 or fewer.
•The Flyers have played the fourth-toughest non-conference schedule in the NCAA.
•In conference play, Dayton is 2nd in the A-10 in assists (16.1) and field goal percentage (.493).
•Dayton’s offense ranks fifth in the country in 2-point field-goal percentage (.596).
•Dayton is averaging 79.8 points per game and 15.2 made free throws in its victories. In Flyer losses, UD averages 65.4 points and 10.2 free throws made per contest.
•Josh Cunningham, a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, leads the Flyers with eight double-doubles this season. He is fourth in the A-10 with 8.3 rebounds per game.
•Cunningham ranks second in the A-10, seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.648).
•Cunningham has scored in double figures in 19 of the last 22 games.
•After scoring in double figures in 15 straight games from Dec. 23, 2017 to Feb. 17, 2018, Darrell Davis has not reached double figures in the past three contests.
•Davis ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage overall (.870) and in conference play (.909).
•Trey Landers has scored in double figures in four straight games and in 11 of his last 14.
•Landers also has posted a double-double in back-to-back games and three of his last six games. He did not have a double-double in his first 30 games as a Flyer.
•Jalen Crutcher has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 15 games. He reached double figures in points twice in his first 13 contests.
•Kostas Antetokounmpo is averaing 9.3 points while shooting 9 of 16 (.563) from the floor in his last three games.
•Dayton heads to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship from March 7-11.

Young Dayton Flyers still having problems on the road; loses 71-53 at La Salle

PHILADELPHIA –Trey Landers registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the Dayton Flyers fell to the La Salle Explorers 71-53.

Josh Cunningham recorded 10 points and four rebounds, while Jalen Crutcher added 10 points and four steals as Dayton dropped to 13-16 overall and 7-10 in the Atlantic 10.


  • Dayton trailed 33-23 at the half.
  • Cunningham scored six of Dayton’s first eight points, but he picked up his second foul at the 11:56 mark with the Flyers trailing 14-8.
  • La Salle went on an 11-3 run with Cunningham out and took a 25-11 advantage with 5:21 to play.
  • UD closed the opening 20 minutes on an 8-2 run.
  • The Flyers converted 2 of 12 shots from 3-point range.


  • La Salle opened up the second half red-hot scoring 15 points in the first five minutes and taking a 48-30 lead.
  • The Explorers would expand the lead to as many as 21 minutes later and hold on for the win in the closing minutes.


  • For Landers, it was his second consecutive double-double and third in his last six games.
  • The 53 points scored tied a season-low. UD also scored 53 points at home in the win over Saint Louis.
  • Cunningham has scored in double figures in 19 of the last 22 games.
  • Landers has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 14 games and in four straight.
  • Dayton finishes the regular season 1-10 on the road, tied for the third-most road defeats in program history.
  • UD shot 40 percent from the field, but went 5 of 23 from 3-point range. La Salle shot 55 percent from the floor and converted 8 of 21 from beyond the arc.
  • The Flyers have lost four straight at Gola Arena and have not won there since Feb. 5, 2011.


Dayton will have Senior Day, honoring Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden as UD hosts the George Washington Colonials on Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ET.


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