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Wright State holds off Youngstown State, 63-62

An Armond Battle free throw with 1.4 seconds left proved to be the difference as the Wright State men’s basketball team defeated Youngstown State 63-62 Saturday at WSU’s Nutter Center.

It was all Youngstown State in the early going as the Penguins used a 19-3 run to take a 30-13 lead with 7:14 remaining in the first half.  WSU, however, stormed back with an 18-5 run of its own, seven coming from both Julius Mays and Battle, to cut the deficit to four before the Penguins took a 38-32 lead into halftime.

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Youngstown State shot 52 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including nine of 15 from three, but the Raiders also shot well at 46 percent altogether and three of six from behind the arc.  WSU was also nine of 12 at the foul line compared to three of five for the Penguins.

Mays put Wright State up 42-41 with a layup at the 14:24 mark of the second half and neither team had more than a four-point edge until a driving layup from Battle followed by an AJ Pacher three gave the Raiders a 62-57 lead with 2:45 to play.

Back came the Penguins, though, as two Kendrick Perry foul shots and a Blake Allen three tied the game for the 11th time at 62 with 1:32 left.

That set the stage for Battle as he was fouled on a drive to the basket with 1.4 seconds left.  He made the first, but missed the second.  After a timeout with one second left, the Penguins had one last chance, but a shot by Damian Eargle went off the back of the rim as time expired.

Wright State hit 12 of 23 shots in the second half for 52 percent as the Raiders ended the game at 49 percent overall, while YSU made just seven of 25 shots the final 20 minutes to end up at 40 percent.  WSU also led 30-2 in points in the paint.

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Mays led the Raiders with 19 points, 12 coming in the second half, while Pacher had a career-high 16 points and Battle tied a career high with 13 off the bench.

DuShawn Brooks paced Youngstown State (5-2, 1-1 Horizon) with 17 points while Allen had 15 and Eargle 10.

Wright State improves to 3-5, 0-2 in the Horizon League.


Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

Wright State loses league opener to Cleveland State


D’Aundray Brown converted a tip-in with .3 seconds left as Cleveland State defeated Wright State 45-43 in the Horizon League opener for both teams Thursday at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Vikings led 16-8 at the 12:13 mark of the first half thanks to a 12-2 run, only to see the Raiders close out the period with a 13-5 burst, capped off by a Cole Darling three to tie the game at 21 heading into halftime.

Neither team had more than a four-point lead during the second half and there were five ties and seven lead changes until two Vance Hall foul shots gave Wright State a 42-41 edge with 1:52 remaining.  A Jeremy Montgomery jumper in the paint put the Vikings up one before Darling hit the second of two free throws to tie it at 43 at the 1:06 mark.

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

After a Cleveland State missed three and a Raider turnover, CSU had the final shot with 27 seconds left.  Montgomery missed a jumper, but Brown was there for the tip-in to give the Vikings the victory.

The final shooting percentages were nearly identical as Wright State shot 41 percent to Cleveland State’s 40 percent, but the Vikings were five of 17 from three-point range and eight of nine at the foul line compared to two of nine from behind the arc and nine of 14 from the stripe for the Raiders.  CSU also held a 12-4 edge in second-chance points thanks to a 10-6 advantage in offensive rebounds.

AJ Pacher led Wright State with nine points while Darling had eight and Matt Vest and Reggie Arceneaux seven each.

Tim Kamczyc paced Cleveland State (7-1, 1-0 Horizon) with 12 points and seven rebounds while Montgomery had nine points and Brown eight.

Wright State is 2-5 overall, 0-1 in the Horizon League.



Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

Charlotte defeats Wright State, 70-66 despite Mays’ 25 points

The men’s basketball team couldn’t quite get over the hump as they dropped a 70-66 decision to Charlotte Saturday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Charlotte scored the first seven points of the contest and the 49ers looked to be in control as two Chris Braswell foul shots increased the margin to 21-9 with 7:04 remaining in the first half.

WSU, however, stormed back with 10 straight points, including threes from AJ Pacher and John Balwigaire and the Raiders closed to within one on a Julius Mays triple before heading into halftime down just 28-26.

Billy Donlan talks strategy with team (photo by Tim Zechar courtesy Wright State athletics)

Wright State shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half compared to 46 percent for Charlotte, but the Raiders hit six of 12 from three-point range while the 49ers were only two of nine.

WSU trailed by just two on three different occasions in the first three minutes of the second half, but Charlotte maintained the advantage each time and eventually went up 43-33 following a E. Victor Nickerson basket with 12:45 to play.

The margin was 58-49 at the 7:15 mark, but again the Raiders mounted a comeback, tallying seven unanswered points to again make it a two-point game.

Again, however, Charlotte was able to keep the lead and maintain it the rest of the way despite the Raiders cutting the deficit to two on two more occasions down the stretch.

The 49ers continued their hot shooting into the second half as they made 14 of 21 attempts to finish the night at 56 percent overall while Wright State was at 37 percent.  It ultimately came down to free throws as Charlotte was 17 of 24 while WSU was 13 of 20, including nine of 15 in the second half.

For the third straight game, Mays led the way for the Raiders with 25 points, 17 of those coming after halftime.  He finished the week with 61 points (21 vs. Florida, 15 at North Florida) in three contests after scoring just eight points over the first three games of the season.  Mays also paced WSU with five rebounds.

Cole Darling chipped in 12 for Wright State, but no other Raider had more than seven.

Braswell paced Charlotte (3-2) with 22 points while DeMario Mayfield had 14 and Jamar Briscoe 13.

Wright State with the loss drops to 2-4.


Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

Wright State loses at North Florida, 69-52


The Wright State men’s basketball team wrapped up play in the Global Sports Shootout Wednesday night, falling at North Florida 69-52.

The Raiders jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage before the Ospreys answered with 10 straight to take the lead for the first time.  An 18-6 run, six coming from both Julius Mays and AJ Pacher, put WSU back in front 28-22 before NFU scored the final six points of the period to tie at 28 heading into halftime.

(courtesy of Wright State athletics)

Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as North Florida made 11 of 20 for 55 percent while Wright State was 12 of 26 for 46 percent, including four of 10 from three-point range.

North Florida went in front to stay by scoring the first seven points of the second half, but WSU only trailed 47-44 following a Mays layup with 9:05 remaining.  The Ospreys, however, followed with nine unanswered and a 16-4 run overall to go up 63-48 with 3:34 to play.

While North Florida hit 17 of 29 shots in the second half for 59 percent, the Raiders struggled, making just eight of 27 attempts for 30 percent.  Overall, the Ospreys shot 57 percent while WSU was at 38 percent.

UNF also led 36-20 in points in the paint and 26-9 in points off of turnovers despite only a 14-12 differential in turnovers.

Mays paced the Raiders for the second straight game as he had 15 points with four assists.  Pacher added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench, but no other WSU player had more than eight.

Jerron Granberry led North Florida (2-4) with 19 points while Travis Wallace had 11 off the bench.

Wright State (2-3) begins a three-game homestand and will be at the Nutter Center for seven of its next nine.


Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

Wright State finishes successful 2-game sweep in Chicago


Vaughn Duggins scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, including 10 in the final 10 minutes, and N’Gai Evans added 21 as Wright State won a Horizon League game, 71-63.

The Raiders led 37-35 at the half. Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as UIC hit 12 of 23 for 52 percent while Wright State was 14 of 30 for 47 percent, including six of 12 from three-point range.

Vaughn Duggins (WSU photo)

WSU continued its strong shooting in the second half, making 12 of 24 overall and four of 10 from three-point land to finish at 48 percent overall and 10 of 22 from behind the arc. The Flames, however, cooled off to 39 percent the final 20 minutes to end up at 44 percent and were only four of 15 on the three-point shot.

The Raiders moved to 10-6 overall, 3-1 in the conference. UIC dropped to 5-11, 0-4.

Duggins led all scorers with 22 points, 17 in the second half and 10 in the final 10 minutes, while Evans added 21 points and six assists.

Paul Carter posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for UIC while Dipanjot Singh had 13 points off the bench.


The Raiders closed the first half with a 14-1 run in building up a 15-point halftime lead as they completed the sweep of Chicago with a 58-41 Horizon League win at Loyola.

Wright State was 12 of 23 from the field in the 1st half for 52 percent compared to six of 21 for Loyola for 29 percent.

N'Gai Evans (file photo)

The Raiders shot 42 percent overall while Loyola finished at 36 percent. The 41 points by the Ramblers is the lowest allowed by WSU in a game this season and is the lowest scored by Loyola in the 15-year history of the Joseph J. Gentile Center.

Evans led all scorers with 15 points and had a near double-double as he added nine rebounds and dished out five assists. AJ Pacher played his best game in his young WSU career with 13 points off the bench along with five rebounds while Vaughn Duggins chipped in 10 points.

Loyola falls to 10-7, 1-5 in the Horizon League.

The Raiders improve to 11-6, 4-1 in the conference and are off to their best league start since the 2005-06 season.

Info courtesy of Wright State athletics