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Archive for February 16th, 2020

Mount Union Men’s Basketball wraps up second straight OAC regular season championship by defeating Heidelberg, 93-80

 

 

ALLIANCE, Ohio– No. 11 ranked Mount Union defeated Heidelberg 93-80 to clinch at least a share of the Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball regular season title and the No. 1 in seed in the OAC Tournament Saturday at the MAAC.

The Purple Raiders have now won 12 games in a row and stand at 20-3 overall and 15-1 in the OAC. It marks the fifth 20-win season in school history with four of them coming over the last seven seasons.

Before the game Mount Union honored its six seniors Nathan Bower-Malone (Stow), John Carroll (Massillon / Tuslaw), Marcus Day (Winchester / Eastern Brown), D’Vontay Friga (Cuyahoga Falls), Mo Johnson (Euclid / Villa Angela Saint Joseph) and Tanner Slack (New Concord / John Glenn).

Bower-Malone had a game-high 22 points and seven assists and Friga finished with a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mount Union. The Raiders also got 17 points from Collen Gurley (Akron / Hoban) and 14 from junior Logan Hill (Massillon / Jackson).

Tamal Watkins had 19 to lead three in double digits for Heidelberg (10-13, 8-8 OAC).

Heidelberg led early on 10-9 with 16:26 left in the first half until Mount Union scored 22 of the next 26 points and eventually led 53-35 at halftime. Friga and Gurley each had 10 in the first half to lead the Raiders.

Bower-Malone scored nine of the first 11 points in the second half for the Raiders in an 11-4 run to stretch the lead to 64-39. Mount Union got its largest lead of 31 points when Bower-Malone hit his two free throws to lead 72-41 with just over 13 minutes to play. Heidelberg rallied to get it to nine points, 86-75 with 2:17 remaining but not no closer as the Raiders closed the game out.

Mount Union hosts Baldwin Wallace in the regular season home finale, Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at The MAAC.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MOUNT UNION ATHLETICS

PHOTO BY JOEY REES

 

Otterbein Men’s Basketball back in the OAC Tournament after a 6-year hiatus by routing Muskingum, 88-68

Dallas Patrick scored 30 points to lead the Cardinals

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – On a day filled with energy and excitement, the Otterbein men’s basketball team rallied through emotion in front of its home crowd to blow out Muskingum, 88-68, and clinch a spot in the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament.

The Cardinals, who will be back in the postseason for the first time in six years, are locked into the eighth and final seed regardless of what occurs next week. Otterbein is now two games up on the Muskies with two remaining, but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of a season sweep.

Prior to the game, Otterbein recognized three senior members of the program in guard Nick Koontz, swingman Austin Springer and student manager Daniel Motter. A four-year contributor behind the scenes, Motter was surprised by head coach Andy Winters during morning shootaround with the opportunity to be in the starting lineup. He ultimately exited the floor after the opening tip to a standing ovation…

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Otterbein was in control from the very start and never let up, opening the day on a 14-0 run behind a well-packed arena.
  • The Cardinals eventually used a 12-2 run and stretched the lead to 20, with 2:18 left until halftime, but settled for a 45-30 advantage by the break. Otterbein shot 58 percent in the first half.
  • Otterbein continued pouring it on, running the lead to as many as 26 on a few occasions in the second half in coasting to victory.
  • Motter reentered the game with a minute left, taking the opportunity to launch a pair of three pointers that just barely rimmed out.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Both Springer and Koontz played integral roles throughout the contest. Springer posted a season-high 15 points while Koontz delivered a career-best 10 assists, to accompany eight points and three steals.
  • Freshman Dallas Patrick continued his tear, dropping a season-high 30 points on 12 of 21 shooting effort. He also corralled eight boards.
  • The Cards shot 52 percent on the day compared to just a 38-percent clip for the Muskies. Otterbein held a 42-31 rebounding edge and outscored the opposition 38-18 in the paint.
  • Muskingum standout Marcus Dempsey, the nation’s second-leading scorer, was forced into tough shots throughout but still ended up with 25 on 9-of-20 shooting.

UP NEXT:

Otterbein will have a pair of road games up near Cleveland, heading to John Carroll on Wednesday and then Baldwin Wallace come next Saturday afternoon.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OTTERBEIN SPORTS INFORMATION

 

Wright State Raiders close regular season home schedule with Senior Day vs. IUPUI Jaguars

(courtesy Wright State Athletics)

 

The Horizon League-leading Wright State men’s basketball team closes out its 2019-2020 regular season home schedule inside the Nutter Center on Sunday afternoon as the Raiders welcome IUPUI to town for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Senior Day. Wright State (22-5 overall, 12-2 HL) has won its last three games and seven of the last eight games overall and is undefeated in Horizon League play inside the Nutter Center, while IUPUI comes to town on a five-game losing streak and is 6-21 overall with a 2-12 Horizon League record.

Following the game, Wright State will honor the careers of its 2019-2020 senior class - Jordan AshAleksandar DozicCole Gentry and Bill Wampler – along with Ryan Custer, who would have been a senior on this season’s team.

Last time out, Wright State remained undefeated at home in Horizon League play and improved to 3-0 in national television broadcasts with a 75-58 victory over UIC on Friday night, snapping what had been a three-game losing streak to the Flames. Wright State took a six-point lead into the locker room at 39-33 before turning the defense up in the second half as the Raiders held UIC (12-14, 7-6 HL) scoreless for the first five minutes of the period and allowed just four Flames points in the first nine-plus minutes while extending the lead out to as many as 16 points. Loudon Love finished with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and a 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line while adding a game-high nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. The 24 points were three shy of his career-high and his 17th double-digit scoring game of the season. Bill Wampler tallied 19 points of his own, including 12 in the first half, and Tanner Holden tallied 16 points, 11 of which came over the final 20 minutes.

A SERIES CALLED JAG(S)
Sunday will be the 18th meeting all-time between Wright State and IUPUI, with the Raiders leading the series 43-3, including winning the last four matchups. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 84-70 in Indianapolis earlier this season as four Raiders finished the night in double figures scoring, led by Bill Wampler’s game-high 26 points. Loudon Love turned in the night’s lone double-double, tallying 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

EYING IUPUI
IUPUI has lost its last five games and has dropped nine of its last 10 games overall, dating back to the Wright State game on Jan. 10. IUPUI is just 3-11 away from home this season, with both of its Horizon League victories coming on the road (at Green Bay, at Oakland). It’s hard to talk about IUPUI without talking about juniors Marcus Burk and Jaylen Minnett. The duo leads the country in threes made (171 total: Minnett – 91, Burk – 80) and rank Nos. 2 and 3 in the Horizon League in scoring (Burk – 2nd – 21.1 / Minnett – 3rd – 16.4 ppg). The pair has seen both score 30 points in a single-game twice this season – a feat has been accomplished just three times all year, and twice by IUPUI’s top scorers. Marcus Burk and Jaylen Minnett each became members of the IUPUI 1,000-point club this season – Burk in the Dec. 14 win over Purdue Fort Wayne and Minnett on Feb. 6 against Green Bay.

ON A NATIONAL SCALE
Entering Sunday’s action, Wright State is second nationally among NCAA Division I programs in total rebounds with 1,099 total boards. The Raiders are averaging 40.70 rebounds per game, a mark that is No. 9 nationally. Their 12.52 offensive rebounds per game average is No. 26 nationally and the 28.19 defensive rebounds is 28th in the country. Individually, Loudon Love’s 3.91 offensive rebounds per game average is No. 8 in the country.

The Raiders are No. 5 nationally in scoring offense (81.6). Wright State’s 611 free throw attempts are the ninth-most in the NCAA this season, while the 416 free throws made are the 19th-most nationally. Overall, Wright State is inside the top 50 in 12 different statistical categories as a team (four inside the Top 10) and is in the Top 100 nationally in 21 statistical categories.

A WIN SUNDAY WOULD…
A victory over IUPUI on Sunday would allow Wright State to match its best start in 29 years of conference play – joining the 13-2 start in the 2006-07 season. The Raiders’ best league records are a 14-4 mark in 2017-18 and a 13-3 record in 2006-07. A Sunday victory would also give the Raiders a two-loss regular season at home for fourth time, joining a 15-2 mark last season, a 14-2 home record in 2017-18 and a 13-2 mark in 2005-16. The program-best was a 12-1 home record in the 2009-10 season.

 

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

Wright State guards, Cole Gentry, Bill Wampler named to 3X3U Midseason Watch List

Cole Gentry

Bill Wampler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wright State seniors Cole Gentry and Bill Wampler are two of 10 Horizon League seniors named to the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship Midseason Watch List. The 2020 event is scheduled for April 3-5 at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station, where it will be contested outdoors for the first time.

The Raiders have had graduating seniors play in the event the last two seasons, with Mark Hughes playing in 2019 and Grant Benzinger participating in the 2018 version.

In what is the single-largest gathering of draft-eligible talent in the months leading up to the NBA Draft, the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship features 128 seniors from all 32 Division I conferences vying for one of the biggest purses at any FIBA-sanctioned 3×3 event. Teams will compete for $150,000, with $100,000 going to the tournament champions. The winning team will once again earn an automatic berth to the 2020 USA Basketball 3×3 Open National Championship in May.

Entering this weekend’s action, Wampler has scored over 1,300 career points in his collegiate career, including 906 points in his two years at Wright State. In 60 career games, the sharpshooter has connected on 135 three-pointers, and has collected 40 double-figure scoring games with 14 games of 20 or more points.

Gentry is approaching the 1,000-point club for his career as well, having scored 964 points in 96 collegiate games heading into the weekend. His 88 percent career free throw percentage is the second-highest in Wright State program history. He has collected 50 double-figure scoring games with seven games of 20 or more points.

The Tournament will once again receive non-stop coverage through its broadcast partners Twitter and ESPN. Every second of the 2020 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be available to a national audience beginning with pool play games on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, and knockout rounds on Sunday, April 5. Twitter will be the exclusive home of pool play games, as well as the Round of 16 and quarterfinal games. ESPN2 will carry the semifinal, consolation and championship contests.

Last year, the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship featured nearly 100 All-Conference honorees, 45 first-team selections, eight conference Players of the Year, 11 USBWA All-District performers and nine conference tournament Most Outstanding Players. Among this year’s watch list are more than 150 preseason All-Conference honorees and 13 preseason conference players of the year.

For more information on the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, including event updates, details, rules and more, follow them on Twitter at @3X3UHoops or online at www.3X3UHoops.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

Wright State Men’s Basketball gaining votes in AP Poll

The Wright State men’s basketball team received votes in the latest edition of The Associated Press college basketball poll, announced on Monday afternoon.

The votes mark the first time in program history that Wright State has received votes in the weekly AP rankings.

The Raiders (21-5 overall, 11-2 Horizon League) are one of 11 remaining teams in the country with 21 or more victories entering Monday’s action and have won nine straight home games dating back to mid-December and are undefeated inside the Nutter Center in Horizon League play (7-0). Last weekend’s victories marked the fifth consecutive season that Wright State has eclipsed the 20-win mark, including all four seasons under head coach Scott Nagy, who has now guided his teams to 20 or more victories in 16 of his 25 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

The Horizon League-leading Raiders are in the Nutter Center this weekend for their final two home games of the regular season, beginning on Friday night with a nationally televised game against UIC slated for a 9 p.m. tipoff. Wright State closes the home schedule on Sunday afternoon against IUPUI. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. with Senior Day festivities to follow the game, along with postgame autographs.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

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