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WRIGHT STATE 2013-2014 ATHLETIC NEWS

 

Wright State loses at Georgetown, 88-70

By Gary “The Kid” Gulliver

11/13/13

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team could not overcome a 57 percent shooting performance by Georgetown in the first half as the Hoyas went on to an 88-70 win Wednesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

A JT Yoho three tied the game at 5-5 two minutes in, only to see Georgetown retake the lead for good with a 14-2 run.  The margin eventually grew to 42-19 on a Markel Starks three before the Raiders outscored the Hoyas 12-8 over the final 4:46 to make it 50-31 at the break.

Jerran Young drives on Georgetown (photo by Mitchell Layton, courtesy WSU)

Georgetown hit 17 of 30 shots in the opening 20 minutes, including eight of 13 from three-point range, and was a perfect eight-for-eight at the foul line while Wright State shot 41 percent from the field overall, three of 11 from behind the arc, and was four-for-four at the line.

The lead seesawed between 15 and 25 in the second half as the Hoyas shot 50 percent overall for the game, were 10 of 22 from three, and 22 of 34 at the foul line.  The Raiders, meanwhile, shot 39 percent altogether, were seven of 23 from three and made 19 of 22 free throws.  Georgetown led 32-24 in points in the paint and 16-4 in second-chance points while WSU had a 25-20 edge in points off of turnovers.

Kendall Griffin paced the Raiders with 15 points while Yoho and Miles Dixon each had 14.  Matt Vest added eight points and seven rebounds and Reggie Arceneaux had eight points off the bench.

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown (1-1) with 25 points while Starks had 23.

Wright State (1-1) faces another Big East team on the road on Saturday as the Raiders take on the DePaul Blue Demons at 2:00 Eastern.

 

Raiders roll past Mt. St. Joseph’s in season opener, 82-49

By Gary “The Kid” Gulliver

11/10/13

Behind 21 points from AJ Pacher and 17 by TJ Yoho, the Wright State men’s basketball team rolled to an 82-49 season-opening victory over Mount St. Joseph Sunday at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Raiders led throughout, scoring the first six points of the contest and building a 14-3 advantage just 4:27 into the game following a Pacher layup.  The Lions, though, only trailed by seven at 26-19 before WSU closed the half with a 17-5 run, five of those coming from Miles Dixon , to go up 43-24 at the break.

Wright State hit 17 of 27 shots in the opening 20 minutes for 63 percent, including four of eight from three-point range, while Mount St. Joseph shot 41 percent and was five of 10 from behind the arc.

The margin would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as the final score was the biggest lead that the Raiders would enjoy in the game.

Matt Vest in for the slam (photo by Tim Zechar, courtesy WSU)

WSU continued its impressive shooting in the second half, making 13 of 26 shots to finish at 57 percent overall while the Lions shot 38 percent for the game.  Wright State led 44-12 in points in the paint, 32-7 in points off of turnovers and 14-0 in fast-break points.

Pacher hit all nine of his shot attempts, including a three-pointer, to finish with a game-high 21 points, all in the first half.  Three other Raiders reached double figures as Yoho had 17 and Jerran Young and Steven Davis 10 each off the bench.  Young posted a double-double as he collected 10 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

David Mann paced Mount St. Joseph with 13 points.

 

 

Findlay Oilers upset Wright State Raiders in exhibition basketball, 80-76

By Gary “The Kid” Gulliver

11/1/13

The Wright State men’s basketball team led by four with 5:20 to play, but could not hold on as Findlay closed the game with a 20-12 run to pull out an 80-76 exhibition win Friday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

A JT Yoho tip-in gave WSU an early 13-10 lead, only to see the Oilers regain the advantage as Alphonso Baity scored eight straight points.  Findlay led the rest of the way and was up 36-28 at the break thanks to hitting 14 of 25 shots, including five of 11 from three-point range.

The Raiders took their first lead of the second half at 56-55 as Mark Howell connected on back-to-back threes, the second at the 8:44 mark and the margin grew to 64-60 on a Yoho fast-break layup with 5:20 remaining.

Matt Vest drives to basket (photo by Tim Zechar, courtesy WSU)

Findlay, however, went up for good with a 13-0 run, seven of those coming from Greg Kahlig, and held on for the win despite Wright State closing to within three at 79-76 on two Steven Davis foul shots in the final seconds.

The Oilers shot 56 percent for the contest overall, including seven of 15 three-pointers, and made 23 of 35 at the foul line compared to 37 percent shooting for the Raiders, who were 17 of 22 at the stripe.

Yoho paced WSU with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds while AJ Pacher had 16 points while Howell had 13 off the bench.  Reggie Arceneaux had nine points and Matt Vest chipped in eight points and five assists.

Kahlig and Baity each had 20 to lead Findlay while Jake Heagen had 17 and Dylan Kaufman 11.

 

 

Raider Women’s Basketball comes back to beat Akron, 73-71

By Bane Rossi

December 8, 2012

The Wright State women’s basketball team saw Akron erase a nine-point halftime deficit and go up one with 1:49 to play, but the Raiders outscored the Zips 5-2 the rest of the way to pull out a 73-71 win Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Arena.

A Breanna Stucke layup and an Ivory James three gave WSU a quick 5-0 lead, only to see Akron tie it at 10 thanks to three three-pointers.  Wright State went back in front with six straight points, including back-to-back baskets by Kim Demmings, but the Zips responded with a 16-2 run, a run that featured four more three-pointers, to go up 26-18 with 8:32 remaining in the half.

The Raiders, though, eventually tied it again at 29 following a KC Elkins three-point play and that was the start of a 14-2 run to end the half with WSU up 40-31.

Wright State shot 44 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes while Akron shot 33 percent despite hitting seven of 14 three-point attempts.

Kim Demmings

The margin was still nine at 57-48 on a Kayla Lamotte layup with 8:57 to play, but the Zips tallied seven consecutive points to close to within two and Akron eventually took a 69-68 lead on a Sina King putback with 1:49 left.

Demmings, however, gave the Raiders the lead for good with two foul shots at the 57.9-second mark and Stucke made it 72-69 with two more with 27.3 seconds to go.  Kacie Cassell had a putback to cut the deficit to one before Lamotte hit one of two free throws at the 15.2-second mark.

Akron had one final chance, but a three attempt by Taylor Ruper went off the side of the rim, bounced up and nearly went in before falling to the ground.

WSU shot 44 percent for the game and went 19 of 24 from the line while the Zips shot 38 percent and were eight of 15 from the stripe.

Demmings led the Raiders with a season-high 25 points while Stucke posted her first career double-double of 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.  James had 10 while Taylor Stanton added seven points and 11 boards.

Hanna Luburgh paced Akron (7-2) with 26 points while Rachel Tecca had 16 and Ruper 11.

Wright State (3-4) returns to action on Wednesday, December 12, by hosting Urbana at 7:00.

 

Wright State Women’s Basketball loses in Oxford to Miami (O)

By Beaumont Carson

December 6, 2012

The Wright State women’s basketball team fell behind 13-0 at the start and could not recover in dropping a 72-54 decision at Miami Tuesday afternoon.

The RedHawks connected on three three-pointers in the opening 4:26 in building the 13-0 lead, only to see the Raiders answer with seven straight points, all coming from Kim Demmings.  Miami, however, followed with another 13-0 run to go up 26-7 with 9:48 remaining in the first half.

Miami's Millett Hall is a tough place to play (photo by Jmess via wikipedia commons)

WSU again chpped away, closing the deficit to 29-19 on a KC Elkins jumper at the 3:51 mark, before the RedHawks tallied 10 of the final 12 points to go up 39-21 at the half.

Miami shot 49 percent from the field in the first half compared to 21 percent for the Raiders.

Wright State would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way in shooting 30 percent overall while the RedHawks finished at 45 percent.

Demmings led WSU with 21 points, 14 after halftime, but no other Raider reached double figures.

Courtney Osborn paced Miami (5-3) with 16 points while Hannah Robertson had 15 and Erica Almady (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Kirsten Olowinski (12 points, 17 rebounds) each posted double-doubles.

Wright State (2-4) faces another Mid-American Conference school on the road this weekend as the Raiders head to Akron Saturday for a 2:00 contest.

 

 

Wright State Men’s Basketball loses at Bowling Green

By Beaumont Carson

December 6, 2012

The men’s basketball team led by four early in the second half, but a 13-0 Bowling Green run proved to be the difference as the Falcons defeated the Raiders 54-41 Monday night at the Stroh Center.

Wright State found the going tough at The Stroh Center at BGSU (photo Bhockey10 via wikipedia commons)

The Raiders scored the first four points of the contest on a Matt Vest dunk and a Kendall Griffin steal and layup, but found the offense hard to come by the rest of the half as WSU managed seven field goals altogether.  Bowling Green, meanwhile, also struggled as the Falcons were nine of 30 from the field overall, including one of 10 from behind the arc.

Tied at 22 at the half, threes by Cole Darling and Reggie Arceneaux gave Wright State a 32-28 advantage and an AJ Pacher basket made it 34-31, but Bowling Green followed with the decisive 13-0 run over a five-minute span, six of those coming from Richaun Holmes.

WSU closed the deficit to three at 44-41 on a Darling basket and an Arceneaux three with 5:42 to play, but could get no closer as the Falcons scored the game’s final 10 points.

Bowling Green shot 33 percent for the contest compared to 38 percent for the Raiders, but the Falcons hit 19 of 21 free throws, 16 of 18 in the second half, while Wright State was five of six and did not attempt a foul shot after halftime.

Arceneaux led WSU with 13 points, 10 in the second half, while Darling had eight as did Miles Dixon off the bench.

A’uston Calhoun paced Bowling Green (4-4) with 19 points, all but two coming in the second half, while Jordon Crawford had 11 and Holmes nine off the bench.

Wright State (5-3) returns home for a Saturday evening contest against VMI starting at 7:00.

 

Freshman Aiello named to Horizon League All-Newcomer Team

By Stephanie Lee

November 14, 2012

 

Wright State freshman middle blocker Marisa Aiello was selected to the All-Newcomer Team as the Horizon League volleyball postseason awards were announced on Monday.

Aiello (Rochester Hills, MI/Avondale) recorded 251 kills and 63 blocks on the season while also adding 21 service aces.  She reached double-figures in kills five times during league play, including 15 against Loyola on October 20, 12 versus Youngstown State on October 5 and 12 at Valparaiso on October 26.

Marisa Aiello (courtesy WSU)

Aiello was named to the All-Tournament Team at the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Challenge after hitting .315 with 49 kills in four matches, including a season-high 16 with five blocks in a win over Saint Peter’s, 13 against Radford and 11 versus Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Aiello is the first Raider to be named to the All-Newcomer Team since Michelle Hammond and Leilani Tafuna in 2008.

The following is the 2012 volleyball All-Horizon League teams:

 

ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Kara Koch Cleveland State Sr. OH
Janise Dismuke UIC Sr. MH
Anna Eytchison Loyola Sr. OH
Taylor Root Valparaiso Sr. L
Marie Frease Cleveland State Sr. MH
Missy Hundelt Youngstown State Jr. OH
Ellen Vanden Berg Valparaiso Jr. MH
MaryKate Imrie UIC Jr. S
Brittany Groth Green Bay Sr. L
Rachel Neuberger Milwaukee Jr. MB
Carmen Leitermann Green Bay Sr. MB
Aubrey Sniegowski UIC Sr. OH
Morgan Beil Valparaiso So. MH/RS
Amanda Medvetz Cleveland State Sr. DS

HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

 

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Anna Eytchison Loyola Sr. OH
Dayna Roberts Cleveland State Fr. S
Brittany Brown Loyola Fr. S/RS
Kelsey Berrington Valparaiso Fr. S
Stephanie Kinane Loyola Fr. DS/L
Marisa Aiello
Wright State
Fr. MB
Kathleen Vogel Loyola Fr. OH

 

Player of the Year: Kara Koch, Sr., OH, Cleveland State

Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Root, Sr., L, Valparaiso

Newcomer of the Year: Anna Eytchison, Sr., OH, Loyola

Coach of the Year: Chuck Voss, Cleveland State

 

 

 

 

Recently graduated track star Lloyd honered by NCAA && Horizon League

By Stephanie Lee

November 14, 2012

 

Cassandra Lloyd, who recently wrapped up a decorated track career at Wright State University, was named the Horizon League’s 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be named the Horizon League’s NCAA Woman of the Year,” said Lloyd. “I’ve had a great career as a student-athlete at Wright State and receiving this award is a great way to end it.  I am truly blessed.”

Cassandra Lloyd (photo by Tim Zechar, courtesy WSU)

A quarter of the 429 nominated by their schools received this type of recognition by their conference for outstanding achievement in their collegiate career.  An announcement of the Top 30 honorees, ten from each NCAA division, will be made on NCAA.org in early September.

“It has truly been an honor to coach Cassandra for the past four years,” said WSU head track coach Fabien Corbillon.  “As a coach, my goal has always been to see my student-athletes graduate, improve on the track each year and become responsible adults ready for their lives after college.  She is a true example of that.”

Lloyd (Springfield, OH/South) placed 19th overall in the 100 meter hurdles at the NCAA National Meet in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 7, with a time of 13.36.  As a result, she was named as an Honorable Mention All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Her 100 meter hurdles time of 13.17 at the NCAA Regionals in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 26 set a personal and a Wright State record.  Lloyd also helped set a new school record in the 4 x 200-meter relay at the Walt Disney World Invitational in Orlando on March 23 as the team finished with a time of 1:43.85.  Lloyd currently holds or shares five indoor and four outdoor school records.

Named a Second Team All-American as a junior after finishing ninth at last year’s national meet, Lloyd became WSU’s first Division I All-American in track and qualified for the NCAA regionals all four years.

Lloyd has dominated the Horizon League Track and Field Championships like few before her, winning the 100 meter hurdles and 60 meter hurdles in each of her four years of competition, breaking the record each time.  Along with being selected as the Horizon League Outdoor Track Athlete of Year three times, Lloyd was also the Horizon League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

A longtime participant in the Wright State, Horizon League and NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC), Lloyd has volunteered for the Special Olympics, Dayton Boys and Girls Club and the March of Dimes.

 

 

 

 

Emilie Fillion named SAAC Athlete of the Month
By Stephanie Lee

November 14, 2012

Senior Emilie Fillion of the women’s soccer team has been named as the Wright State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athlete of the Month for the period of October 8-November 12, it was announced at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Emilie Fillion (courtesy WSU)

Fillion (Saint-Hubert, Quebec) scored three goals with one assist in seven matches during the month as the Raiders went 3-3-1.  She provided all the offense WSU would need in its first two Horizon League Tournament contests as she tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 first-round win at Youngstown State on October 30 and in a 1-0 semifinal decision over Detroit on November 2 in Milwaukee.  As a result, Fillion was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Fillion also had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win at Cleveland State on October 20.  She finished in a tie for the team lead in goals with seven and led with 17 points in adding three assists as the Raiders ended the season at 9-5-6 overall.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee holds a monthly meeting of Wright State team captains from all 16 sports along with athletic administration to discuss issues and concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

WSU’s Elder, Zuniga selected All-Horizon League in Soccer

By Stephanie Lee

November 14, 2012

 

Brett Elder and Derek Zuniga of the men’s soccer team were recognized as the Horizon League announced its post-season all-league teams Monday afternoon.

Elder (Worthington, OH/Worthington Christian), a freshman forward, was selected First Team All-Horizon League and was also named the league’s Newcomer of the Year.  He ranks second in the league in goals scored with nine and is tied for second in points with 21.  Of his nine goals, eight came during the final 11 matches of the season, including two at Bowling Green on October 30.

Brett Elder (courtesy WSU)

Elder became the second straight Raider to win the Newcomer of the Year award as goalkeeper Craig Feehan picked up the honor last season.  Overall, seven WSU players have received the award all-time in Marco Elcock (1998), Bret Jones (1999), Ricky Strong (2000), Braden Fleak (2006), Carl Ebers (2007), Feehan and Elder.

Zuniga (Massillon, OH/Jackson), a junior midfielder, was named Second Team All-Horizon League as he tallied 11 points on the season on three goals and a team-best five assists.  The five assists tie Zuniga for first in the league while the 11 points tie him for sixth.  He recorded the game-winning goal against Davidson and IUPUI and assisted the game-winner at Green Bay.

Zuniga is the first Wright State player to be named to the Second Team since Fleak in 2009.

“We had a tough finish to the season, one which left a tough taste for our guys,” said WSU head coach Bryan Davis.  “That being said, both Brett and Derek had tremendous seasons for us and it’s great that both of them will be returning for us next season.”

Derek Zuniga (courtesy WSU)

“I believe the next challenge for these two is to build on their success from this fall,” added Davis.  “For both of them and for our team, I believe that their best days are still coming.  Amidst a tough year, we will build off of this and I am confident that we will return a very strong group.”

The following is the 2012 men’s soccer All-Horizon League teams:

FIRST TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Adam Bedell Detroit Jr. M
Ivan Stanisavljevic UIC Sr. M
Admir Suljevic Cleveland State Jr. F
Laurie Bell Milwaukee So. M
Pat Lepera Detroit Sr. M
Aslinn Rodas Cleveland State Jr. M
Brett Elder
Wright State
Fr.
F
Jesus Torres UIC So. M/F
Cam Eisses Cleveland State Jr. M
Sam Krenzien Green Bay Jr. M
Kyle Zobeck Valparaiso Sr. GK

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE

 

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Derek Zuniga
Wright State
Jr.
M
Thomas Villamil UIC Fr. D
Jonathon Smith Valparaiso Sr. D
Eric Nieto Valparaiso So. F/M
Josh Beard UIC Jr. M
James Ashcroft Milwaukee Jr. D
Matt Ybarra Detroit So. M
Matt Nedwicki Detroit Sr. D
Zach Ellis-Hayden Cleveland State Jr. D
Declan Rodriguez Milwaukee Fr. M
Brad Stuver Cleveland State Sr. GK

 

HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

 

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Brett Elder
Wright State Fr. F
Declan Rodriguez Milwaukee Fr. M
Thomas Villamil UIC Fr. D
Nathan Steinwascher Detroit Fr. GK
Jordan Dover Green Bay Fr. M
Danilo Radjen Cleveland State Fr. D
Alfonso Sandoval Cleveland State Fr. F
Aaron Horvat Milwaukee Fr. F
Matt Harkema Detroit Fr. F
Jake Savino Loyola Fr. F
Jordan Aidoud Valparaiso Fr. M

 

Player of the Year: Adam Bedell, Jr., M, Detroit

Offensive Player of the Year: Adam Bedell, Jr., M, Detroit

Defensive Player of the Year: Cam Eisses, Jr., M, Cleveland State

Goalkeeper of the Year: Kyle Zobeck, Sr., Valparaiso

Newcomer of the Year: Brett Elder, Fr., F, Wright State

Coach of the Year: Ali Kazemaini, Cleveland State

 

 

WSU Women picked third; Demmings selected as pre-season Player of the Year

By J.Y. Mortimer

11/9/12

The Wright State women’s basketball team was picked third and Kim Demmings was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year as the Horizon League Preseason Polls were announced Monday at the league’s media day in Rosemont, Illinois.

Voting was conducted by the nine head coaches in the league along with each school’s sports information contact and a media member from each institution.

Kim Demmings

The Raiders, under third-year head coach Mike Bradbury, posted its most wins in its 25-year Division I history in 2011-12 as the Raiders went 21-13 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational for the second consecutive year, defeating SIU Edwardsville on the road before falling at Seattle.

For the second straight year, WSU set school records for three-pointers in a game with 15 against UIC on February 4 and Cleveland State on February 25 and also in a season with 248.  Wright State also reached the 100-point mark in a game for the first time since moving up to Division I with the 100-73 win over CSU on February 25.

Demmings (Richmond, IN/Richmond), a sophomore guard, was named a Second Team Freshman All-American by Full Court last season as she led all Division I freshmen in scoring at 18.4 points per game and set a WSU freshman scoring record with 626 points. The Horizon League Co-Newcomer of the Year, Demmings was a First Team All-Horizon League selection as she finished second in the league in scoring and in assists at 4.3 per contest.

A three-time Horizon League Player of the Week selection, Demmings scored in double figures in all 18 league games and in all but four games for the season overall.  Her 38 points in an overtime win over Milwaukee on January 14 were the most by any player in the league in 2011-12 and her 34 against Detroit on February 16 were the second most.  Demmings tallied 20 or more points in 12 other games and reached double figures in rebounding four times.

Demmings was also named to the league’s All-Tournament Team as she scored 50 points, gathered in 16 rebounds and dished out nine assists while shooting 51 percent from the field in two games as the Raiders advanced to the semifinals.

The Raiders host exhibition games against Indianapolis (November 1) and Cedarville (November 4) before opening the regular season at Southeast Missouri on November 9.  The Raiders then welcome in IUPUI on Wednesday, November 14.

The following is the 2012-13 preseason Horizon League women’s basketball poll and preseason teams:
2012-13 Preseason Horizon League Women’s Basketball Poll

 

Place Team 2011-12 Record Points First-Place Votes
1. Green Bay 31-2, 17-1 HL 241 25
2. Detroit 20-14, 14-4 HL 210 2
3. Wright State 21-13, 12-6 HL
191
4. Loyola 13-17, 8-10 HL 152
5. Cleveland State 12-19, 6-12 HL 123
6. UIC 18-13, 10-8 HL 90
7. Milwaukee 9-21, 5-13 HL 85
8. Youngstown State 10-20, 4-14 HL 77
9. Valparaiso 10-21, 5-13 HL 46

 

2012-13 Preseason Player of the Year: Kim Demmings, So., G, Wright State

 

2012-13 Preseason All-Horizon League First Team

Kim Demmings, So., G, Wright State

Shareta Brown, So., F, Detroit

Shalonda Winton, Sr., F, Cleveland State

Adrian Ritchie, Sr., G, Green Bay

Brandi Brown, Sr., F, Youngstown State

 

2012-13 Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team

Simone Law, So., F, Loyola

Lydia Bauer, Sr., F, Green Bay

Tabitha Gerardot, Jr., F, Valparaiso

Sami Tucker, Sr., G, Milwaukee

Patrice King, Sr., G, Loyola

 

Press Release & Photo courtesy of WSU Athletics

 

Former Raiders Basketball star Duggins honored in Germany

By J.Y. Mortimer

11/9/12

 

Vaughn Duggins, a star for the Wright State men’s basketball team from 2006 to 2011 and currently for the Walter Tigers in Germany, was named the eurobasket.com Player of the Week Monday.

According to the eurobasket.com website, the 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, two rebounds and three assists) in his team’s victory over LTi 46ers 88-80.  In the game, Duggins hit 11 field goals, including two threes and committed only one turnover in 38 minutes.

Vaughn Duggins

Duggins is currently WSU’s third all-time leading scorer and helped lead the Raiders to the 2007 NCAA Tournament as a freshman.

The Raiders will host Central State November 2 for an exhibition game.  For more information or tickets, call 775-2771.

 

**Press release & photo courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 

 

 

Raiders get back to .500 mark by beating Valparaiso

By Monica Steele


Down two at the half, the men’s basketball team shot 61 percent the final 20 minutes as they pulled away for a 73-55 Horizon League win over Valparaiso Sunday at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Crusaders jumped out to an early 10-5 lead before the Raiders went back in front 17-16 on an AJ Pacher free throw with 7:12 remaining in the first half.  WSU again led by one at 28-27 on two Julius Mays foul shots at the 3:46, only to see Valparaiso take a 33-31 edge into the break thanks in part to three baskets from Ryan Broekhoff.

Valparaiso hit 11 of 21 shots for 52 percent in the first half and made 10 of 16 at the foul line while Wright State shot 40 percent and was four of eight at the stripe.

(courtesy of WSU athletics via wikipedia commons)

A Matt Vest layup with 15:21 to play broke a 37-37 tie and keyed an 8-0 burst to give WSU the lead for good.   Broekhoff cut the deficit to 47-42 with a jumper at the 10:54 mark, but the Raiders scored six of the next eight points, all coming from Mays, to extend the margin into double figures.

Valparaiso would get no closer than eight the rest of the way as Wright State gradually pulled away down the stretch.

The Raiders hit 14 of 23 shots the final 20 minutes for 61 percent and were equally as impressive from the foul line, making 13 of 14.  The Crusaders, meanwhile, shot just 31 percent in the second half.

Armond Battle paced all scorers with a career-high 23 points for WSU, shattering his previous best of 13 that he set against Green Bay in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on March 1, 2011 and matched earlier this season versus Youngstown State on December 3.  Mays added 21 and Arceneaux 11.

Broekhoff posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Valparaiso (10-7, 3-2 Horizon) while Kevin Van Wijk had 13.

Wright State (9-9, 4-2 Horizon) now hits the road for three straight, starting with two games in Wisconsin and then finishes the trip in Detroit.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 

 

Horizon League nemesis, Butler, gives Wright State 63-62 heartbreaking loss

By Monica Steele


In a game that saw 20 lead changes, 16 ties and neither team holding more than a four-point advantage the entire game, the Wright State men’s basketball team came up just short, falling to Butler 63-62 Friday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Raiders led by four twice in the early going, including 14-10 on a Matt Vest three with 9:12 remaining in the first half, but the Bulldogs answered with a 15-7 run to turn the tables and go up four at 25-21.

(courtesy of Butler athletics via wikipedia commons)

Butler led 27-25 at the break as the Bulldogs hit 11 of 22 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but were just one of 10 from three-point range and four of eight at the foul line.  WSU, meanwhile, shot 39 percent overall, were three of seven from behind the arc and four of six at the stripe.

A 6-0 Raider burst, four by Johann Mpondo, put the Raiders back in front 37-33, only to see the Bulldogs answer with a 10-2 run to go ahead 43-39 with 9:15 to play.  The two teams were then tied four times until a Julius Mays three at the 1:55 mark put Wright State up 57-54.

Andrew Smith responded with a three of his own to again tie the game and after Mays followed with two free throws, the Butler center connected on another triple and Ronald Nored hit two foul shots to make it 62-59 Bulldogs with 30 seconds remaining.

On WSU’s next possession, John Balwigaire was fouled on a three attempt and hit all three free throws to again tie the game with 21 seconds left.

That set the stage for Nored, who was fouled with two seconds left and made the first of two foul shots.  In trying to intentionally miss the second, however, he stepped over the foul line too early, giving Wright State one last chance as Julius Mays’ three attempt at the buzzer clanged off the rim.

Butler continued its hot shooting in the second half, shooting 63 percent to end up at 57 percent overall while the Raiders shot 44 percent to finish at 42 percent.  WSU, though, was six of 15 from three compared to three of 16 for the Bulldogs and hit 16 of 19 free throws while Butler was just eight of 16.

Mays led all scorers with 24 for Wright State and added seven rebounds while Mpondo had 12 and Reggie Arceneaux 11.

Smith paced Butler (9-7, 3-1 Horizon) with 19 points, 13 in the second half, while Khyle Marshall had 14 off the bench, 10 after halftime, and Nored chipped in 11.

Wright State drops to 8-9 overall, 3-2 in the Horizon League.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th straight win comes at UIC in overtime for Raiders

By Monica Steele


Wright State stretched its winning streak to four Saturday with its second overtime decision during that stretch, defeating UIC 74-70 on the road in Horizon League action.

WSU came out strong, leading 15-7 following a Julius Mays three with 13:05 remaining in the first half, only to see the Flames eventually go ahead 20-19 on a Darrin Williams layup at the 3:04 mark.  Threes by Gary Talton and Hayden Humes stretched the UIC lead to six before a John Balwigaire triple in the final seconds made it 27-24 at the break.

Both teams shot 37 percent in the first half, but the Flames were also a perfect six-for-six at the foul line during the period while Wright State did not attempt a free throw.

Johann Mpondo (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Neither team had more than a five-point advantage throughout the second half as the game was tied nine times, the final time being at 58 as Talton hit two foul shots with 19 seconds left to force overtime.

Talton opened the extra period with a jumper, but that would be UIC’s only lead in overtime as WSU went up for good on a Balwigaire layup and a Mays jumper.  The Raiders were up six on three different occasions, but the Flames still had a chance to win it late as Talton converted a layup with six seconds left to make it 71-70.

Cole Darling, however, found Balwigaire for a fast-break layup on Wright State’s next possession and, after being fouled on the play, Balwigaire completed the three-point play to clinch the victory.

Again the shooting percentages were nearly identical as the Raiders shot 40 percent to UIC’s 39 percent.  WSU, though, had seven more shots thanks to a 37-34 rebounding edge and forced the Flames into 17 turnovers while committing 11, resulting in a 22-13 differential in points off of turnovers.

Mays led the Raiders with 21 points while Mpondo added a career-high 16, bettering the 15 he had last February 3 against Loyola.  12 of Mpondo’s 16 came after halftime, six in overtime, while Balwigaire had six of his nine points in the extra period.

Darrin Williams paced all scorers with 22 points for UIC (5-9, 1-3 Horizon) while Talton had 21, 16 of those coming halftime, and Brown added 12.

Wright State, which moved into a first-place tie in the Horizon League at 3-1, are 8-8 overall.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 

 

Raiders stay hot; wins third straight & program’s 700th victory all-time

By Monica Steele

Behind a 30-17 advantage in points off of turnovers, Wright State won its third straight Thursday night, defeating Loyola 64-48 in Horizon League action at Gentile Arena.

The WSU lead was just one at 12-11 before the Raiders closed out the first half with a 16-7 run over the final 8:13, five of those coming from Julius Mays, to go up 28-18 at the break.

Wright State shot 38 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 36 percent for the Ramblers, but the Raiders had 29 attempts compared to only 11 for Loyola as WSU forced 15 turnovers while committing just three.

Reggie Arceneaux (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Four Mays foul shots and a three by Vance Hall pushed the lead to 17 to start the second half and Wright State led by as much as 49-22 following a John Balwigaire three with 11:30 to play.  The Ramblers would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

The win was Wright State’s 700th in the program’s 42-year history (700-477).

WSU shot 45 percent for the contest, including 10 of 25 from three-point range, while Loyola shot 39 percent and was four of 13 from behind the arc.  The Ramblers held a 30-21 rebounding edge, but committed 21 turnovers compared to nine for the Raiders, resulting in a 30-17 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Mays led all scorers with 23 points for Wright State, including 10 of 11 from the foul line.  Hall had nine off the bench while Reggie Arceneaux chipped in eight.

Walt Gibbler paced Loyola (5-8, 0-3 Horizon) with 12 points while Christian Thomas had 11.

Wright State improves to 7-8 overall, 2-1 in the Horizon League.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

WSU cruises to 60-42 win over Central Michigan

By Monica Steele

Vance Hall (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

 

Down 10-3 early, Wright State took the lead for good with a 15-1 run late in the first half and went on to a 60-42 win over Central Michigan Thursday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Chippewas jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead and went up 10-3 on an Austin Keel layup with 13:42 remaining in the first half, only to see the Raiders answer with seven straight to tie the game, five of those coming from Vance Hall.

The CMU margin was two at 19-17 before WSU went on its decisive 15-1 run, a run that featured three-pointers from Cole Darling, Reggie Arceneaux and John Balwigaire.

Wright State led 32-23 at the break as the Raiders shot 48 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including five of 10 from behind the arc, while Central Michigan shot 36 percent and was two of seven from three.

The Chippewas would get no closer than seven the rest of the way as WSU used a 16-3 run to go up 54-33 with 7:39 to play and led by as much as 22 at 57-35 at the 4:47 mark.

The Raiders shot 46 percent on the night, including nine of 22 from three, while Central Michigan finished at 35 percent and was just three of 17 from three.  WSU also led 26-8 in points off of turnovers as they forced 18 while committing 14.

Hall led Wright State with 13 points off the bench while Julius Mays had 12 points and six assists and Arceneaux added 11 points and five assists.

Derek Jackson paced Central Michigan (5-8) with 13 points.

Wright State wins its second game in a row and is 6-8 on the season.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 

Mays’ 3-point goal gives WSU win in overtime over Idaho

By Monica Steele

Julius Mays (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

After Idaho sent the game into overtime with a halfcourt three, a buzzer-beating three by Julius Mays in the extra period gave Wright State a 80-78 win Tuesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Neither team had more than a five-point lead until the Vandals went up 43-36 with seven straight points early in the second half.  The margin was still seven before the Raiders tied the game at 54 with an 11-4 run, capped off by a Mays three-point play with 7:26 remaining.

Djim Bandoumel put Idaho back in front with a foul shot at the 2:13 mark, but Reggie Arceneaux followed with a jumper and WSU looked to be in good shape as two Mays foul shots gave the Raiders a 67-63 advantage with 21.5 seconds left.

A three from the left corner by Matt Borton, however, started the Vandals on their comeback and, after Arceneaux made two free throws at the 1.1-second mark, Landon Tatum took the inbounds pass from Stephen Madison and banked in a halfcourt three from the left side to force overtime.

An Arceneaux three followed by a Mays jumper with 1:36 to go in overtime put Wright State up 75-72, but back came Idaho as a Kyle Barone foul shot and a Deremy Geiger three from the right wing with 19.5 seconds left gave the Vandals a 76-75 edge.

Another Arceneaux jumper gave the Raiders the lead again, but it looked bleak as Tatum found a wide-open Dazmond Starke for a layup with four seconds left.

That set the stage for Mays’ game-winner as he dribbled up the court and banked in a three from the top of the circle to give WSU the win as time expired.

Idaho shot 48 percent overall, 44 percent from three, compared to 46 percent and 32 percent, respectively, for Wright State, but the Vandals were just 18 of 30 at the foul line while WSU was 13 of 18.

Mays paced all scorers with a career-high 28 points, bettering the 25 he scored against Charlotte on November 26.  Arceneaux also set a new career-high with 19, with his previous best being 15 versus Jackson State on November 16.

Barone led Idaho (7-5) with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds while Starke had 11 off the bench.  Three other Vandals had nine points each.

Wright State is now 5-8 on the season.

 

Game report courtesy of Wright State athletics

 

 

 


 

 

 

Ohio runs away from Wright State, 82-54

By Chris Coopersmith

(courtesy of Ohio athletics)

It’s not often that opposing teams can win at Wright State University’s home arena, the Nutter Center.

But this season, Wright State is suffering a down season with a young basketball team at 4-8.

The Ohio Bobcats ran away with an 82-65 win.

D.J. Cooper lead the way with 20 points and Ivo Baltic pumped in 15 to lead the 9-1 Bobcats.

Ohio shot 61.7 percent from the floor as their winning streak reached six in a row.

Cole Darling led the Raiders with 11 points.

 

Mays leads Wright State to overtime win over Idaho

By Lamont Burroughs

 

After Idaho sent the game into overtime with a halfcourt three, a buzzer-beating three by Julius Mays in the extra period gave Wright State a 80-78 win Tuesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Neither team had more than a five-point lead until the Vandals went up 43-36 with seven straight points early in the second half.  The margin was still seven before the Raiders tied the game at 54 with an 11-4 run, capped off by a Mays three-point play with 7:26 remaining.

Julius Mays (photo by Tim Darby courtesy of WSU athletics)

Djim Bandoumel put Idaho back in front with a foul shot at the 2:13 mark, but Reggie Arceneaux followed with a jumper and WSU looked to be in good shape as two Mays foul shots gave the Raiders a 67-63 advantage with 21.5 seconds left.

A three from the left corner by Matt Borton, however, started the Vandals on their comeback and, after Arceneaux made two free throws at the 1.1-second mark, Landon Tatum took the inbounds pass from Stephen Madison and banked in a halfcourt three from the left side to force overtime.

An Arceneaux three followed by a Mays jumper with 1:36 to go in overtime put Wright State up 75-72, but back came Idaho as a Kyle Barone foul shot and a Deremy Geiger three from the right wing with 19.5 seconds left gave the Vandals a 76-75 edge.

Another Arceneaux jumper gave the Raiders the lead again, but it looked bleak as Tatum found a wide-open Dazmond Starke for a layup with four seconds left.

That set the stage for Mays’ game-winner as he dribbled up the court and banked in a three from the top of the circle to give WSU the win as time expired.

Idaho shot 48 percent overall, 44 percent from three, compared to 46 percent and 32 percent, respectively, for Wright State, but the Vandals were just 18 of 30 at the foul line while WSU was 13 of 18.

Mays paced all scorers with a career-high 28 points, bettering the 25 he scored against Charlotte on November 26.  Arceneaux also set a new career-high with 19, with his previous best being 15 versus Jackson State on November 16.

Barone led Idaho (7-5) with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds while Starke had 11 off the bench.

Wright State improves to 5-8 on the season.

 

Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State media relations department

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