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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

 

 

Cleveland Indians invite Matt Joyce and Alex Wilson to Major League Camp

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The Cleveland Indians announced today the club has signed free agents OF MATT JOYCE (#24) and RHP ALEX WILSON (#37) to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Joyce, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics, collecting a career-high 25 home runs and 58 extra-base hits in 2017 (68 RBI, .808 OPS, 141 games). Last season he was limited to 83 games due to a pair of stints on the disabled list with lower back soreness. He was a 2011 AL All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays (career-high 75 RBI, 3.4 WAR) and recorded an .866 OPS for the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates prior to signing with Oakland. The Tampa, FL native & Florida Southern alum began his professional career with the Detroit Tigers in 2005 (12th round) and was traded to the Rays prior to the 2009 season.

Wilson, 32, posted a 3.36 ERA (61.2IP, 50H, 23ER, 43SO, .223 avg) in 59 games with Detroit last season, limiting right-handed hitters to a .191 (25/131) average against. He was named Detroit’s Pitcher of the Month in September and posted a 0.71 ERA (1ER/12.2IP) over his last 14 appearances to conclude the campaign. The Texas A&M alum began his professional career in 2009 in the Red Sox organization (77th overall pick, 2nd rd., First-Year Player Draft) and debuted with Boston in 2013. He is a veteran of six Major League seasons and over four campaigns with the Tigers he has posted a 3.20 ERA in 246 games (264.2IP, 246H, 94ER).

The Indians currently have 19 non-roster invitees coming to Major League Spring Training camp, which opens for pitcher and catchers on Feb. 12 in Goodyear, Arizona.

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Indians give update on SS Francisco Lindor injury

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Francisco Lindor plays catch during a Sunday 2016 World Series workout at Progressive FieldBy Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Francisco Lindor recently sustained a right calf strain while preparing for Spring Training in Orlando, FL.

He was evaluated Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Mark Schickendantz, who confirmed a moderate calf strain.

Francisco has started his rehab and will be evaluated daily this spring. He is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks from his Wednesday evaluation.

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Cleveland Indians mourn loss of former Player-Manager Frank Robinson

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Frank Robinson (courtesy Indians)

“The Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened by the passing of baseball legend Frank Robinson. Our organization and the City of Cleveland are proud to have played a role in Frank’s significant impact on the game when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history on April 8, 1975. The fact Frank hit a solo home run in his first at-bat that day as the Indians’ player-manager symbolizes his greatness as a Hall of Fame ballplayer. The entire Indians organization extends its thoughts and prayers to the Robinson family.”

The Indians unveiled a statue in his honor, which resides in Heritage Park at Progressive Field, and retired his uniform #20 on May 27, 2017.

Robinson played 21 seasons in the Majors, for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He hit 586 home runs – 10th all time – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He served two years as player-manager with the Indians (1975-76) and was exclusively manager in 1977. He also managed for the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals.

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Indians announce Major League Camp Invites

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The Cleveland Indians have announced the club has signed free agents INF RYAN FLAHERTY and C DIONER NAVARRO to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Flaherty (FLAIR-ety), 32, spent the 2018 season with the Atlanta Braves, starting 23 of the club’s first 29 games and appeared in two games in the NLDS vs. Los Angeles. The Portland, Maine native spent the first six seasons of his career, 2012-17, in the Baltimore Orioles organization and has appeared in double-digit games at all four infield positions, left field and right field during his career. He was the 41st overall pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs out of Vanderbilt.

Navarro (dee-ah-ner na-VAR-oh), 34, is a veteran of 13 Major League seasons with six different clubs, ending the 2016 season on the ALCS roster of the Toronto Blue Jays. He stepped away from the game for the 2017 season due to a family medical emergency and most recently appeared in 22 games for La Guaira in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional (LVBP), batting.284 (21-for-74) with .748 OPS. The Caracas, VZ native was a 2008 All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays and drove in 69 runs for the 2014 Blue Jays.

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