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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