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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.

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.

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.

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 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.




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