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Wright State Raiders sweep the Detroit area with thrilling wins at Detroit Mercy and Oakland University

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018 AT DETROIT MERCY

Raiders start strong in 1st half; holds off high-scoring Titans 80-73

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team stayed perfect in Horizon League play at 3-0 with its fourth straight win overall Friday night at Detroit Mercy 80-73.

Senior Grant Benzinger scored 18 of his 23 points on five threes in the first half as freshman Loudon Love continued his solid play as he registered his fifth double-double of the year with 13 points and 14 rebounds. First-time starter Cole Gentryfinished with 14 points, and Justin Mitchell pitched in 12 points.

Wright State, now 11-5 and 3-0, has won 11 of the last 13 games.  It is WSU’s best league start since 2012-13 season when they started 4-0.

Grant Benzinger

GAME SUMMARY

First Half Highlights

  • The Raiders held a 43-27 lead at halftime with a 14-0 run in the middle of the period that included nine points from Benzinger.
  • Benzinger had five threes in the first half, tying his season high for an entire game.
  • Love had nine rebounds and eight points in the first half.

 

Second Half Highlights

  • Benzinger tied his career-high six threes made that he set last year at Georgia State.
  • His 23 points set a season best, one better than the 22 he scored at Georgia Tech.
  • It was the fourth time the Raiders scored 80 or more points this season.

 

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • The Raiders dominated on points off turnovers 23-8 but the Titans narrowly outscored WSU in the paint 38-34.
  • The Titans shot just 33% from the field in the first half but shot 56% in the second half when they scored 46 points.

POST-GAME REACTION

“It’s hard to believe how well we played in the first half and how bad we were in the second when we came out with low energy.  Any road win in conference play is a big win.  We made big plays when we needed it.  The defense got locked in and it helped our offense and helped us win.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY  7, 2018 AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY IN THE DETROIT SUBURB OF ROCHESTER, MICHIGAN

Raiders win tough, close game in overtime, 86-81

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team went to Michigan this weekend and came away with two wins as they posted an impressive win at Horizon League preseason favorite Oakland Sunday afternoon 86-81 in overtime.  WSU won at Detroit Mercy Friday 80-73.

Loudon Love

Freshman Loudon Love collected his sixth double-double of the season as he dominated the Grizzlies with 25 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.  Grant Benzinger collected a double-double as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds asMark Hughes finished with his career-best 19 points.

The Raiders were down by three as time was about expire when Cole Gentry nailed a step-back three pointer from the corner that tied the game at 71-71 to force the overtime.  WSU went to work and outscored the Grizzlies 15-10 in the extra session to secure its first win at Oakland since 2014.Gentry added two late free throws to end the game with 10 points.  Everett Winchester scored seven of his eight points in the overtime period.

 

GAME SUMMARY

First Half Highlights

  • The Raiders took a 40-32 lead into the locker room.
  • Love secured his second straight double-double in the first half as he posted 11 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Benzinger held the hot hand as he collected 12 points and six boards with two assists.
  • The Raiders held the Grizzlies to just 28% shooting from the floor.

 

Second Half Highlights

  • Love was 9-14 from the field and perfect from the line at 7-7.  He added five blocks and two steals as well.
  • Gentry played 37 minutes with seven assists.
  • Ernsthausen had eight points.
  • WSU shot 47.5% from the field in the game and 80.8% from the line as both teams grabbed 40 rebounds.
  • The Raiders’ defense held the Grizzlies to 35.7% from the field.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • The Raiders have won 12 of their last 14 games.
  • WSU scored 36 points in the paint to 26 for Oakland.
  • Wright State led for 29:30 of the 45 minutes.

POST-GAME REACTION

“I am proud of these kids.  You can see them believe and know we are going to make the plays even when things are not going well.  We held a really good offensive team to 35% from the field.  Two things we didn’t do real well was take care of the ball and we gave up too many offensive rebounds.  Loudon was aggressive and confident all night as was Everett.  I am really proud of them.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy

 

GAME RECAPS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE MEDIA RELATIONS