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Archive for March 8th, 2018

Horizon League honors Wright State head coach Scott Nagy and three players

Grant Benzinger

Loudon Love

Mark Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head coach Scott Nagy and three players of the Wright State men’s basketball team received honors as the Horizon League announced its annual League awards Wednesday afternoon: Nagy was tabbed as Coach of the Year, senior Grant Benzinger was selected to the first team, Loudon Love was chosen as the Freshman of the Year and to the second team and junior Mark Hughes was voted to the Defensive Team.

“I think that the awards given out are essentially team awards for us, I think that’s how the guys look at it, and I’m sure they’re all very humbled for being honored,” Nagy said. “All three of them made tremendous contributions to our basketball team and certainly are very deserving.”

Scott Nagy

Nagy, in his second year at Wright State, led the Raiders to a 22-9 and 14-4 record as WSU finished in second place.  Nagy becomes the fourth Raider head coach to win the honor.  The 14 league wins marked a new school record for conference wins and includes two victories over regular-season champion Northern Kentucky.

Benzinger, a guard from Cincinnati (OH) Moeller High School, has led the Raiders in scoring all season and currently has a 14.6 points per game average, ranking eighth in the Horizon League.  He scored in double figures in 24 games, including his season-best 31 points at Northern Kentucky.  Benzinger, who was the Player of the Week on January 15, leads the league in free throw shooting at 89.1%, third in three-point shooting at 37.1%, fifth in minutes played at 34.4 per game as well as 18th in rebounding with an average of 4.9.

Love, a center from Geneva (IL) High School, was named the Freshman of the Week seven times this year as he led the league in rebounding at  9.7 per game and averaged 12.7 points, which ranks 15th.  He collected his career-high 19 rebounds against Milwaukee and his high of 25 points at Oakland.  He also had 12 double-double performances while starting all 31 games.  The freshman became the first WSU player to receive the Freshman of the Year honor after it was renamed from the previous Newcomer of the Year Award prior to the 2012-13 season.  As the Newcomer of the Year Award, five Raiders received the honor.

Hughes, a guard from Youngstown (OH) Ursuline High School, has led the Raiders in steals with 37, as he helped the Raiders rank second in team defense in the Horizon League.  He is the seventh Raider to appear on the Defensive Team since 2007.  Hughes also averaged 10.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while hitting 57 three pointers.

Player of the Year: Kendrick Nunn, Oakland

Coach of the Year: Scott Nagy, Wright State

Freshman of the Year: Loudon Love, Wright State

Sixth Man of the Year: Godwin Boahen, UIC

Defensive Player of the Year: Tai Odiase, UIC

 

All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)

Khalil Small, Green Bay

Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky

Jalen Hayes, Oakland

Kendrick Nunn, Oakland

Grant Benzinger, Wright State

 

All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)

Kameron Chatman, Detroit Mercy

Jeremiah Bell, Milwaukee

Lavone Holland II, Northern Kentucky

Loudon Love, Wright State

Cameron Morse, Youngstown State

 

All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)

Tyree Appleby, Cleveland State

Jermaine Jackson Jr., Detroit Mercy

Jalen Tate, Northern Kentucky

Loudon Love, Wright State

Naz Bohannon, Youngstown State

 

All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)

Khalil Small, Green Bay

Jalen Tate, Northern Kentucky

Martez Walker, Oakland

Tai Odiase, UIC

Mark Hughes, Wright State

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE COMMUNICATIONS

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

 

 

RAIDERS EARN SECOND ROUND WIN OVER GREEN BAY, 87-72

 

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.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 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.

POST-GAME REACTION

“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

 

 

RAIDERS ROLL INTO HORIZON LEAGUE FINALS AGAINST REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION, NORTHERN KENTUCKY AFTER 59-53 WIN OVER MILWAUKEE

 

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

 

GAME SUMMARY

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.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 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.

 

WRIGHT STATE RAIDERS GO DANCING TO NCAA TOURNAMENT AFTER BEATING SCRAPPY CLEVELAND STATE, 74-57

 

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.

GAME SUMMARY

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.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 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.

NEXT UP

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

 

GAME RECAPS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE RAIDERS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 



 

 


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