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WRIGHT STATE AT OHIO STATE: men’s basketball kicks off regular season against in-state rival

 

Julius Mays talks with media at Monday's Wright State basketball media day (megasportsnews.com)

The Wright State Raiders will be taking that short drive of 60 miles from Fairborn, Ohio to Columbus where they’ll take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight at 9:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Yearly, the Raiders are one of the top teams in the mid-major Horizon League along with Butler, Detroit, Cleveland State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But after losing four seniors who led them over the years, N’Gai Evans, Vaughn Duggins, Cooper Land and Troy Tabler, the Raiders are picked seventh this season.

Wright State spent part of the summer touring Italy and are hoping that trip bonded all of the new players they’ll have on the roster. The newcomers include: Brooklyn Bradley, Reggie Arceneaux, John Balwigaire, Jason Cuffee, Kendall Griffin, Ulysses Thomas, Vance Hall, Stephen Gossard, Alex Pritchett, Julius Mays and Tavares Sledge.

The Raiders non-conference schedule will include Kenyon, Jackson State, Florida, North Florida, Charlotte, Air Force, Miami, Cincinnati, Ohio, Idaho, Central Michigan and the annual BracketBusters game.

NEWCOMER JULIUS MAYS TALKS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE RAIDERS AFTER LOSING TO CENTRAL STATE IN AN EXHIBITION GAME

48 702 Julius Mays WSU AT OSU BKB 2011

Cleveland State eliminates Wright State in Horizon League tourney

Jeremy Montgomery (courtesy of Cleveland State athletics)

Cleveland State continued to roll in the Horizon League Tournament, with Jeremy Montgomery leading the way with 16 points, beat Ohio rival, Wright State 73-59.

The Vikings put the game away late in the second half, as Norris Cole, their leading scorer, scored 13 points in nine minutes.

The Vikings improved to 26-7.

Wright State, if they don’t receive a postseason bid, says goodbye to four seniors who have kept the program in contention and at the top of the Horizon League, Vaughn Duggins, N’Gai Evans, Cooper Land and Troy Tabler.

The Raiders finish at 19-14.

compiled from Wright State & Cleveland State news

Wright State beats Green Bay in Horizon League tourney; Vikings next up

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Wright State’s Raiders led by two points in a close game, but outscored Green Bay 10-2 the rest of the contest, as 6th-seeded WSU defeated the 7th- seeded Phoenix 60-50 in the first round of the Horizon League tournament at the Nutter Center in Fairborn.

WSU got off quick with 8-1 and 14-3 leads but Green Bay came back and went ahead at the half on a Rahmon Fletcher foul shot with three seconds left.

The Raiders played good defense, leading 23-11 in points off turnovers as they forced 18 while committing only 11.

Vaughn Duggins led all scorers with 22 points and added seven rebounds. Armond Battle had a season-high 13 off the bench.

Armond Battle (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

Alec Brown carried Green Bay (14-18) with 15 points

Wright State (19-13) will now take on #3 seeded Cleveland State (25-7), a 73-61 winner over Illinois-Chicago. The second round contest will take place on Friday at 6:00 pm at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.

GAME NOTES

* The win over UIC on February 5, was WSU’s 100th since the start of the Brownell/Donlan era 4-plus years ago, giving them at least an average of 20 wins a year.

* With 10 wins in the Horizon League, WSU clinched its fifth straight season it has recorded double-digit wins in the league.

* The four Wright State seniors have seen the number 100 several times this year in games played. The Southern game was Vaughn Duggins’ 100th game in a Raider uniform. The Cincinnati game was his 100th start. Troy Tabler played in his 100th game at Central Michigan. Cooper Land’s 100th game was at Charlotte. N’Gai Evans played in his 100th game at Green Bay.

* The series is tied 22-22, but Wright State leads 17-5 in the Nutter Center.

* The Green Bay frontline of Alec Brown and Daniel Turner have had freshman seasons among the best in the program history. Brown’s 311 points this season are the most by a Phoenix freshman since Mike Schachtner’s 320 in 2005-06, and his 174 rebounds rank third all-time among freshman while Turner’s 168 boards rank sixth.

* Senior Rahmon Fletcher is winding down one of the best individual careers in Green Bay history. He recently moved into fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring list. He now has 1,674 career points, to pass former teammate Mike Schactner (2006-09).

* Rahmon Fletcher has played in his 128th career game and 123rd career start. The 128th career game is the third-most played by a Green Bay player, behind only Troy Cotton and Terry Evans with 131.

* Fellow Phoenix senior Bryquis Perine played in his 127th career game, which is fourth all-time.

* The 155 career games by Fletcher and Perine are more than any other Green Bay duo that played in the same four-season period and more than any active Horizon League duo.

Evans’ Second Half Outburst Carries Wright State Over Butler

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Photos by megasportsnews.com

WSU fans celebrate the upset win

Fairborn, Ohio — N’Gai Evans scored 20 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to lead Wright State to a 69-64 win over Butler Sunday night. The Raiders (12-7, 5-2) bounced back from a 71-60 home loss to Valparaiso on Friday night, a game in which they made four of 22 field goals in the second half. The Bulldogs (13-6, 5-2) fell into a second place tie in the conference with the Raiders and Cleveland State, a game behind Valparaiso.

WSU fans show their spirit

WSU students storm the court after win

With Butler down 67-64, Shelvin Mack’s three-point attempt rattled out, and Troy Tabler’s two free throws with 2.6 seconds left sealed the win, as the Raiders closed with an 8-2 run in the last 57 seconds.  The Bulldogs were still alive thanks to the Raiders missing three out of four free throws leading up to Mack’s miss.

Nice crowd of 7,603 sparked the Raiders (WSU)

Raiders and Bulldogs jump it up

Something had to give when the Horizon League’s best offense (Butler) and the best defense (Wright State) clashed at Wright State’s Nutter Center, and the Raiders’ defense held the Bulldogs to 10 points under their average. Butler entered the game averaging 83 points in their last three games. In their two trips to Ohio this year, they have scored only 113 points, 49 in a loss at Xavier.

Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State

How close was the game? When Butler took a four point lead with 5:43 left, the two teams had played the previous 26 1/2 minutes in which the biggest lead was three points. The second half alone had 11 lead changes and six ties.

The Bulldogs learned on their big men, sophomore Andrew Smith with 15 and senior Matt Howard with 12 — the 12 points being the most he recorded in his four games at Nutter Center. Mack, another main cog in the Bulldogs’ national runner-up team from last year, added 12.

N'Gai Evans the star of the game for Wright State

Evans, who missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury, continued his hot streak and now has 118 points in his last seven games. He was 8 of 10 from the floor, and 10 of 12 from the line, adding four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Cooper Land added 13 and Vaughn Duggins 10 for the Raiders, and Tabler led all players with five assists.

BUTLER BULLDOGS GAME NOTES

* The Bulldogs lead the series 23-16 and has won seven of the past eight games, including all six over the past two seasons prior to Sunday’s game. The Bulldogs beat the Raiders in the Horizon League Championship game last March 9th, 70-45 and won 62-57 in the semifinals on March 7, 2009. The last WSU win in the series prior to Sunday’s game, was a 43-42 conquest at the Nutter Center on December 8, 2007 as Will Graham made a driving layup with 1:45  to play in the game.

* Butler is fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game at 10.8 and is 20th in free throw percentage at .752. Matt Howard is 70th in scoring at 17.6 points per game and 71st in free throw percentage at .849.

* Butler shot 48.8% from the field, 72.2% from the free throw line and outscored the Raiders in bench scoring 13-8.

WRIGHT STATE RAIDERS GAME NOTES

* Troy Tabler is 39th in Division I in free throw percentage at .878.

* As a team, the Raiders rank 16th in scoring defense at 59 points per game, 21st in fewest turnovers per game at 11.4 and 31st in free throw percentage of .745. The 21 of 21 foul shooting performance against Oakland on November 23 is the second-best so far this season, only trailing the 22 of 22 by Bethune-Cookman against Jacksonville on December 30.

Valparaiso ends Wright State’s 14-game home winning streak

Horizon League schools (file photo)

Wright State shot 68 percent in the first half in building a 40-33 advantage, but managed just four field goals in the second in losing to the Valparaiso Crusasders 71-60 in Horizon League action at the Nutter Center Friday evening.

The Crusaders, the second-place team in the league, started the second half with an 18-3 run. WSU cut the lead down to five, 55-50 with 8:15 to play, but the Raiders could get no closer in the contest.

The loss ended the Raiders 14-game winning streak at home. The last time Wright State lost at home was a 77-65 decision to Butler on January 8 of last season.

N’Gai Evans and Vaughn Duggins each scored 19 points for the Raiders with Cooper Land adding 14.

Brandon Wood led all scorers with 26 points for Valparaiso, 16 coming in the second half.

The Crusaders shot 63 percent in the second and dominated the statistical categories: rebounding 36-23, 13-6 on the offensive boards, points in the paint 34-16 and second-chance points 21-8.

The Raiders fall to 11-7 overall, 4-2 in the league. Valpo ups its record to 13-5, 5-1.

Info courtesy of Wright State Raiders athletic news

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