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Cleveland State tough on Raiders again; Wright State with successful comeback on Senior Night, 72-63



WSU senior Grant Benzinger

WSU senior Trey Stacey












The Wright State men’s basketball team down by as much as eight in the second half came on strong to take down Cleveland State Monday night 72-63 at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Four Raiders scored in double figures as Grant Benzinger, on his senior night, led the way with 20 points, five threes, six rebounds and five assists.  Mark Hughes finished with 16 points, 14 in the second half, with six rebounds and Loudon Love ended with 15 points and six boards.  Parker Ernsthausen had 10 points.

The Raiders are now 21-8 and 13-3 as CSU drops to 8-22 and 5-12.  The Raiders have only won 13 league games twice, in 2007 and 2016.


First Half Highlights

  • The Vikings went to the locker room with a 36-33 lead.
  • Ernsthausen had all of his 10 points in the first half, going 5-5 from the line
  • Love had nine points while Benzinger added eight points.
  • WSU shot 52% and outrebounded CSU 14-12 but did not have any steals and seven turnovers.
  • There were eight lead changes in the first 20 minutes.

Second Half Highlights

  • CSU was up by six points with 16:00 to go.
  • At 8:56, Cleveland State was up 59-57 as the Raiders went on a 14-0 run.
  • Wright State shot 48% from the field in the second half, including five threes.
  • The Raiders shot 80% (12-15) from the line.


  • Wright State outscored the Vikes 28-16 in the paint but CSU’s bench outscored the Raiders 15-9.
  • There were nine ties and 11 lead changes.
  • Cleveland State’s largest lead was eight points while the Raiders led by 12 late in the game.


“The first half, their guards whipped our guards and beat us up.  Give them credit.  The second half we fought back and we need to play a full 40 minutes at that level.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy

“The whole game, I felt we would win.  I have great confidence in my teammates who can step up at big moments.”
Grant Benzinger

“Coach Nagy talked about making it a great senior night for Grant and Trey plus they beat us the first time so it was important since they mean a lot to us and we wanted to end their careers at the Nutter Center the right way.”
Mark Hughes


  • The Raiders will play at IUPUI Friday at 11 am and at UIC Sunday at 6 pm to end the regular season.




St. Louis invades Dayton Flyers for 9:00 pm game tonight

Dayton Hosts Saint Louis In A Tuesday Tussle

DAYTON — In a critical game for both teams in the Atlantic 10 standings, the University of Dayton Flyers host the Saint Louis Billikens on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at
•Dayton leads the all-time series 32-26 and has won seven of the last eight.
•Saint Louis won the earlier meeting this season, 75-65, on Jan. 27, 2018 at Chaifetz Arena.
•Since the 2012-13 season, Dayton has the most conference regular season wins with 73.
•VCU is next with 71, followed by St. Bonaventure (67), Richmond (61), Saint Louis (60), George Washington (59) and Saint Joseph’s (59).
•The Flyers have won the Atlantic 10 regular season title in back-to-back seasons.
•Dayton is 11-2 this year scoring 71 or more points in regulation, 1-10 scoring 70 or fewer.
•UD is allowing 73.8 points per game, the highest average by a Dayton team since the 1994-95 campaign when opponents scored 77.5 per contest.
•With an overall strength of schedule at 32, the Flyers have played the toughest schedule among Atlantic 10 schools.
•The Flyers have won three straight at home and four of the last five.
•Dayton’s offense ranks fourth in the country in 2-point field-goal percentage (.596).
•In conference play, Dayton leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.505) and assists (17.2).
•An opponent’s bench has out-scored Dayton’s bench in 13 of the last 15 games.
•Dayton is averaging 82.0 points per game and 15.8 made free throws in its victories. In Flyer losses, UD averages 67.0 points and 10.0 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 third in the A-10 with 8.4 rebounds per game.
•Cunningham leads the A-10 and ranks seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.655).
•Cunningham has scored in double figures in 15 straight contests and 18 of the last 19 games.
•Darrell Davis has scored in double figures in 15 straight contests.
•Davis ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage overall (.865) and second in conference play (.903).
•Trey Landers has scored in double figures in eight of his last 11 games.
•Jalen Crutcher has scored in double figures in nine of his last 13 games. He reached double figures in points twice in his first 13 contests.
•In road games, Crutcher averages 12.7 points per game, while at home he averages 8.5.
•Dayton begins a two-game road swing on Friday at 7 p.m. ET against the Rhode Island Rams.
•After playing at La Salle, UD returns home for Senior Day against George Washington on Saturday, March 3.  The game time Senior Day has changed to 3 p.m. ET.




NHL announces its “Three Stars of the Week” Devils’ Hischier, Coyotes’ Raanta, Jets’ Scheifele

Mark Scheifele skating 2014 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_6232, CC BY-SA 2.0, https



Nico Hischier (courtesy New Jersey)

Antti Raanta (courtesy Arizona)













NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2018) – New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 18.



Hischier scored in all four of his appearances, sharing the League lead with four goals and ranking second overall with 4-3—7 to power the Devils(31-20-8, 70 points) to a perfect week. He posted 1-1—2 in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Feb. 13. Hischier then registered 1-2—3, his third three-point performance of the season, in a 5-2 triumph against the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 15. He added one goal in each of his next two outings, a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 17 and a 3-2 overtime victory against the Hurricanes Feb. 18. In doing so, Hischier became the fifth rookie in Devils franchise history to score in four straight team games and the first to do so since 1984-85 (Greg Adams). The 19-year-old Brig, Switzerland, native and No. 1 overall selection from the 2017 NHL Draft has played in all 59 New Jersey contests this season, ranking in the top 10 among rookies in assists (t-4th; 26), shots on goal (t-4th; 134), points (6th; 39) and goals (t-9th; 13).



Raanta stopped 123 of the 126 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record with a 0.90 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout in four appearances to lift the Coyotes (17-32-10, 44 points) to their first four-game winning streak since Jan. 4-12, 2016 (also 4-0-0). He made 37 saves in a 6-1 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 12, followed by 12 stops in relief in a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks Feb. 13. Raanta then denied 34 shots in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 15 before capping the week with 40 saves and his ninth career shutout in a 1-0 triumph against he Edmonton Oilers Feb. 17. The 28-year-old Rauma, Finland, native owns a 12-14-6 record with a 2.45 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 35 outings this season.



Scheifele ranked third in the NHL with 3-4—7 in three contests to propel the Jets (35-15-9, 79 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Central Division standings. He collected 2-1—3, including the shorthanded game-tying goal with 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation and the lone assist on the overtime winner, in a 4-3 victory against the Washington Capitals Feb. 13. Scheifele then registered his second straight three-point outing with a trio of assists in a 6-1 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 16. He closed the week by scoring the game-winning goal in a 7-2 victory against the Florida Panthers Feb. 18. The 24-year-old Kitchener, Ont., native sits second on the Jets with 18-28—46 this season (43 GP) despite missing 16 games due to injury.




NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Capitals reclaim division as Ovechkin nears 600 NHL goals; Marchand scores in OT for Bruins; Arvidsson scores 20th goal as Predators move atop Central



Home Team in Caps

Minnesota 5, NY ISLANDERS 3
Washington 3, BUFFALO 2

Boston 2, CALGARY 1 (OT)
NASHVILLE 5, Ottawa 2
Los Angeles 3, CHICAGO 1

Anaheim 2, VEGAS 0



Three different players scored – including Alex Ovechkin’s 35th goal of the season – to help the Capitals (34-18-7, 75 points) leapfrog the idle Penguins (35-22-4, 74 points) into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Ovechkin, who collected his 1,100th NHL point on Feb. 15 at MIN, scored for the third time in five contests and sits seven goals shy of becoming the 20th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals.

* Ovechkin, who leads the NHL in goals and the Capitals in points (35-31—66 in 59 GP), is in pursuit of his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, the most by a single player since its introduction in 1998-99. In fact, among the 11 others to receive the award, no other player has achieved the honor more than twice.

* Ovechkin also sits five goals shy of becoming just sixth player in NHL history to record at least nine 40-goal seasons. The others: Wayne Gretzky (12), Mario Lemieux (10), Marcel Dionne (10), Mike Gartner (9) and Mike Bossy (9).
Brad Marchand
scored with 1:24 remaining in overtime to lead the Bruins (36-13-8, 80 points) to their seventh win in nine contests and within one point of the idle Lightning (39-17-3, 81 points) for top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings. Boston also stretched its lead to three points over the Maple Leafs (36-20-5, 77 points), who rank third in the division.


* The Bruins reached 80 standings points in their 57th game of 2017-18, matching the Golden Knights for fastest – in terms of games played – to reach the 80-point mark this season. The Lightning, the only other team to hit the mark, reached 80 points in their 58th contest.


* This marks the fastest – in terms of games played – the Bruins have reached 80 points in a season since 2008-09, when they needed only 51 games (37-8-6, 80 points).


* Marchand – who leads the Bruins with 22-33—55 in 44 GP this season – scored his ninth career overtime goal to move within one of the franchise record.


The Predators (35-14-9, 79 points), Wild (32-20-7, 71 points), Ducks (30-20-11, 71 points) and Kings (32-22-5, 69 points) each secured victories to keep pace in their respective playoff races:

Viktor Arvidsson (2-0—2) scored twice and was one of five Predators to collect multiple points as Nashville moved into a tie with the Jets (35-15-9, 79 points) for top spot in the Central Division. Arvidsson, who led the Predators in goals (tied) and points (tied) last season with 31-30—61 in 80 GP, reached the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season.


* The Wild benefited from three goals in a 4:12 span of the second period and a multi-goal effort from Jason Zucker (2-0—2) to improve to 3-1-1 in their last five contests and strengthen their hold on the second Wild Card position in the Western Conference. Minnesota moved within one point of the Stars (34-21-4, 72 points) and Blues (32-22-4, 72 points), who hold third and fourth place in the Central Division, respectively.
John Gibson (13 saves) and Ryan Miller (20 saves) combined to shut out the Golden Knights and backstop the Ducks to their third straight win. Anaheim, who completed their four-game road trip with a 3-1-0 record, leapfrogged the Flames (30-21-9, 69 points) and Kings into third place in the Pacific Division. Gibson and Miller became the 64th pair of goaltenders in NHL history to combine for a shutout and the first to accomplish the feat this season. Last season two teams had goaltenders combine for a shutout: Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta of the Rangers (Dec. 15, 2016) and Michal Neuvirth and Anthony Stolarz of the Flyers (April 1, 2017).
* Three different players scored – including Dion Phaneuf’s second goal in three contests since being acquired on Feb. 13 – to guide the Kings to consecutive wins on the heels of a three-game skid (0-3-0). The Kings and Flames are tied with 69 points apiece, with both teams two points back of a playoff spot.


· Hischier, Raanta and Scheifele named Three Stars of the Week

· Petr Mrazek traded to Flyers by Red Wings

· Michal Kempny traded to Capitals by Blackhawks

· Five Questions with Patrick Sharp

· Rookie Watch: Mark Jankowski finds niche with Flames

· Persistence pays off for Sudarshan Maharaj with Ducks



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The Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference-leading Lightning (39-17-3, 81 points) travel to Capital One Arena to battle the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals (34-18-7, 75 points). The contest features two of the top offensive players in the game: Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov holds a seven-point lead in the race for the Art Ross Trophy (31-46—77 in 59 GP) while Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (35-31—66 in 59 GP) holds a two-goal edge over Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (33) in the race for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.






# 16 Buckeyes get ready for final home game of regular season as dangerous Rutgers visits tonight


Ohio State, Scarlet Knights tip at 7 p.m. on BTN



No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-16, 3-13)


Date: Feb. 20, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Lisa Byington (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)


Senior, Graduate Recognition Tuesday
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s basketball program will formally recognize the accomplishments of its seniors and university graduates in an on-court ceremony prior to the game against the Scarlet Knights. Senior managers Darik Artis, Logan Brauer, Tyler Krupp and Greg Oman will be honored prior to student-athletes Andrew DakichKeita Bates-DiopKam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate.

More on the Student-Athletes
Tate will be joined on the court by his parents Jermaine and Jenice Tate along with sisters Jada and Jocelyn and brothers Jalen and Damien. Jae’Sean graduated in December with a degree in sport industry. He is currently working on a master’s degree in coaching. Jae’Sean will complete his Ohio State career among the Top 25 scorers and Top 10 rebounders in Ohio State history.
Williams will take the court with his parents Kevin Williams and Lorie Green. Kam will go down in the Ohio State record books as one of the all-time best 3-point shooters with more than 160 made threes, which ranks among the Top 10 in Ohio State history.
Bates-Diop will be accompanied by his parents, Richard and Wilma Bates along with his brother Kai and sister Maddie Biehl. Keita graduated in December with a degree in economics and is currently working on a minor in psychology. Already one of the leading scorers in Ohio State history with more than 1,100 points, Keita has one year of eligibility remaining with the Buckeyes.
Dakich will be honored with his parents Dan Dakich and Jackie White as well as his sister Laura Dakich. With an undergraduate degree from the state up north, Andrew is working on a master’s degree in coaching during his one year of eligibility with the Buckeyes.


Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at
• Keita Bates-Diop was selected to the Naismith Trophy Late Season Watch List Feb. 15 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as well as the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch List Feb. 5. He is one of 20 players who remain in the running for the Wooden Award and among the final 30 for the Naismith Trophy. Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Feb. 7 Bates-Diop is one of 10 candidates for the 2018 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better. He also is the first Ohio State coach to win 20 or more (22) regular-season games in his first season in Columbus. Holtmann has won 20 or more games in each of his last five years as a head coach (Final year at Gardner-Webb, three at Butler and this season in Columbus).
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,100 points for his career with a 35-point effort vs. Illinois Feb. 4 (1,165)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (579) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…he reached 500 points this season (565) with 35 vs. Illinois…Thirty three former Buckeyes have scored 500 or more points in a season at least once for a total of 50 campaigns with a player scoring 500 or more in a season…Bates-Diop is 39th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list.
38. Lawrence Funderburke 1,179
39. Keita Bates-Diop 1,165
40. Frank Howard 1,147
C.J. Jackson reached 500 points for his career with five at No. 3 Purdue Feb. 7 (533)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. Maryland Jan. 11…Jackson has 21 games this season with 10 or more points. Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points vs. Indiana to reach 1,400 career points (1,462)…he is averaging 12.7 points a game this season and 11.8 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 21 all-time in career scoring (1,462). He passed David Lighty with 20 points at Michigan. Jerry Francis is next at No. 20 with 1,486 career points.
20. Jerry Francis 1,486
21. Jae’Sean Tate 1,462
22. David Lighty 1,458
In addition to his abilities on offense, Tate joined the 700 club in career rebounding at Ohio State with six boards vs. Indiana…he has 735 over 124 contests for an average of 5.9 a game…he became the 14th Buckeye all-time to reach 700 career boards…the game against the Hoosiers Jan. 30 was his 100th career start in an Ohio State uniform. Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 232-84 after the loss the last time out vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just nine players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.556) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 47 blocked shots…among players with at least 45 blocks, Bates-Diop has the third-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8…that 29.8 PAR is the fourth-highest among all Buckeyes since 1996-97, behind Evan Turner in 2009-10 (35.5), Michael Redd in 1997-98 (31.4) and D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15 (29.9) and ahead of Jared Sullinger in 2010-11 (28.5).






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