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First place Raiders host Cleveland State Thursday night

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team, after defeating league leading Northern Kentucky last Friday night and currently tied for first with NKU, will welcome Cleveland State to the WSU Nutter Center Thursday at 7:00 PM.  Fans can listen to Chris Collins on the Big 106.5 FM/iHeart App or watch on ESPN+.

Pink Night
In honor of Wright State Provost Sue Edwards, the WSU men’s basketball team will wear pink warmup shirts tonight.

Wright State
The Raiders, 16-11 and 10-4, are currently riding a four-game winning streak, including an 81-77 decision over Northern Kentucky that thrust WSU into a Horizon League first-place tie with the Norse.  Bill Wampler, the reigning conference Player of the Week, had his career-high 29 points with four three pointers.  Sophomore Loudon Love collected his 11th double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Raiders shot 55% from the field.

On the season, Love leads the Raiders at 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, and Wampler is close behind at 15.0 points.  Cole Gentry sits with an average 12.5 points while dishing 90 assists in 27 games.  In the league, Love is 10th in scoring and third in rebounds while Wampler sits 12th in points, and Gentry is ninth in assists but first in free throw percentage and third nationally at 91.4%.

The Raider splits between conference and non-conference games have been rather steady overall as Love has averaged 16.1 points in league play and 14.0 points in early-season non-league matchups showing the most disparity.  Wampler’s numbers have been quite similar at 15.0 in November and December and 14.9 in league contests, but his shooting percentage has increased from 37.9% to 44.7% overall.  Since coming off the bench over the last 13 games, Wampler has increased his average from 14.5 points per game to 15.5 while the Raiders were 6-8 with him as a starter to 10-3 as the “sixth man.”

The freshman duo of Malachi Smith and Skyelar Potter have played a big role in recent success as well.  They have combined for more than 40 minutes of action during Horizon League tilts as opposed to under 30 minutes early in the campaign.  In home contests, Potter has been seven points better than on the road at 9.9 and 2.9 points per game.  Smith has nearly doubled his output in league games versus non-league games at 6.2 compared to 3.3.

A major difference recently has been the Wright State defense.  During the Raiders’ 8-1 current stretch, WSU has widened its point differential, giving up 67.7 points while scoring almost 10 points better at 76.0 as compared to 69.2-72.8 earlier in the season.  Also, during the recent nine games, Love has averaged 17.4 points versus 13.9 earlier as Wampler’s points have grown 1.5 per game.

WSU will be looking for its first five-game winning streak of the season Thursday night.  The Raiders defeated CSU 89-66 on Jan. 19 in Cleveland.  Wampler had 21 points, 11 from the free throw line, and Love collected his season-high 23 points.  The Raiders have met the Vikings more than any other team in WSU history as Wright State leads 38-34 overall after winning the last three tilts, including the Horizon League Championship last March in Detroit 74-57.

Cleveland State
The Vikings, 8-20 and 3-12 under second-year head coach Dennis Felton.  CSU has won two of its last three games, including Milwaukee 78-68 and IUPUI 89-86.  Against the Jaguars last Saturday, sophomore Tyree Appleby posted a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds.  Appleby, who scored 13 points in the first half, helped the Vikings overcome a 16-point deficit midway through the first period.  Junior Jaalam Hill and freshman Rashad Williams each tallied 18 points for Cleveland State, while freshman Seth Millner had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Appleby holds an average of 17.2 points, good for fifth in the HL scoring race but was held to just eight points in the first meeting between the teams. In that game, Dabaji Walker led the Vikes with 18 points off the bench.  Appleby does lead the League with 5.5 assists per game.  CSU is averaging 73.8 points per gamer, just ahead of WSU’s 73.6 but the Raiders allow only 68.7 while the CSU defense allows 78.3.

Tickets
For ticket information, click here or call 937-775-4934.

Next Up
The Raiders stay home to host Youngstown State Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Senior Day festivities will take place after the game.

Follow the Raiders
Fans can listen to Chris Collins and Jim Brown make the call of each game on Big 106.5 FM and the iHeart App.  The iHeart app is easy to download and use.  Just go to the App Store for Android or iPhones and select the iHeart App for free.  Once it’s downloaded, you can search and bookmark Big 106.5 for the games and WONE 980 AM for the shows.  It’s that simple, and you won’t miss a minute of the action.  Visit www.wsuraiders.com for the latest news and information on the men’s basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets by searching ‘@WSU_MBB’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coaches Shows at Flyboys
The Wright State men’s and women’s Coaches Shows will return March 4 at Flyboys Deli in the Fairfield Mall.  Men’s head coach Scott Nagy will be on at 6 pm.  Women’s coach Katrina Merriweather will be on at 5:30 pm.  Fans can come by for delicious food or tune in WONE, 980 AM or use the iHeart App.  It will also be streamed live through wsuraiders.com.

Horizon League Standings as of 2/21/19

School Name Conf Overall Streak
Northern Kentucky 10-4 20-7 L1
Wright State 10-4 16-11 W4
Green Bay 8-6 14-13 W2
UIC 8-6 14-13 L1
Oakland 8-7 12-16 W1
Youngstown State 8-7 12-16 W6
Detroit Mercy 7-8 10-17 L1
IUPUI 6-8 14-13 L4
Milwaukee 4-10 9-18 L7
Cleveland State 3-12 8-20 W1

Schedule
Thursday: Cleveland State at Wright State, Youngstown State at Northern Kentucky
Friday:IUPUI at Milwaukee, UIC at Green Bay
Saturday: Youngstown State at Wright State, Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky, Detroit Mercy at Oakland
Sunday: UIC at Milwaukee, IUPUI at Milwaukee