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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

Florida Gators 78 Wright State Raiders 65


Despite a career-high 21 points from Julius Mays, the men’s basketball team dropped a 78-65 decision to #10 Florida Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Johann Mpondo gave the Raiders an early 4-3 lead with a basket at the 17:30 mark before the Gators went in front to stay with eight straight points, five coming from Brad Beal.  Florida gradually built on the margin from there and led 44-29 at the half.

Julius Mays led the Raiders effort with 21 points (photo by Tim Darby courtesy WSU athletics)

Wright State shot 43 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including four of 10 from three-point range, but the Gators shot 47 percent overall, were eight of 16 from behind the arc and were six of nine at the foul line.

WSU cut the deficit to nine twice in the second half, the second being 66-57 following a Mays three with 5:06 remaining.   Wright State, however, could get no closer the rest of the way.

The shooting percentages for the game were nearly identical as Florida shot 45 percent compared to the Raiders’ 43 percent.  The Gators, however, hit 12 of 27 three and 20 of 30 foul shots while WSU was seven of 22 and 12 of 18, respectively.  Florida also held a 40-26 rebound advantage.

John Balwigaire gave WSU a lift off bench (photo by Tim Darby courtesy Wright State athletics)

Mays led the way for the Raiders with 21 points, besting the 18 he scored while playing for North Carolina State against Maryland at the ACC Tournament in Atlanta on March 12, 2009.  He was eight of 11 from the floor, includng three of five from three, and added five assists and three steals.

John Balwigaire chipped in 15 points and three steals off the bench for WSU while Reggie Arceneaux had 13 points and six assists.

Beal and Kenny Boynton each scored 22 points to pace Florida (3-1)


Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State athletics


Raiders pull away from Jackson State in second half


After struggling in the first half, the offense came alive in the second as the Wright State men’s basketball team defeated Jackson State 56-39 Wednesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Both teams found the scoring hard to come by in the opening 20 minutes as Cole Darling’s layup at the 11:07 mark made it a 3-2 Jackson State lead.  The Tigers maintained a slight edge for most of the rest of the period until jumpers by Kendall Griffin and Reggie Arceneaux in the final minute gave the Raiders a 17-14 halftime advantage.

After hitting just one of its first 18 shots, Wright State made six of its final eight in the first half to shoot 27 percent while Jackson State was three of 17 for 18 percent.

WSU then started the second half with a 20-8 run, nine of those coming on three three-pointers by Arceneaux, to go up 37-22 with nine minutes to play.  The Tigers would get no closer than eight the rest of the way as the Raiders closed the game with an 11-2 burst over the final two minutes.

Reggie Arceneaux (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Wright State shot 36 percent in the second half to finish at 31 percent overall while Jackson State was at 26 percent.  WSU went 18 of 26 at the foul line compared to 15 of 21 for the Tigers and led 13-3 in points off of turnovers as the Raiders forced 21 while committing 13.

Arceneaux led Wright State with 15 points, 11 coming in the second half, while Armond Battle had 10, all after halftime.  Darling had nine points and nine rebounds in his first action of the year and John Balwigaire chipped in nine off the bench.

Jenirro Bush paced Jackson State (0-3) with 15 points, but no other Tiger had more than five.

Wright State (2-1), now 1-1 in the Global Sports Shootout, wraps up tournament play with a pair of games in the Sunshine State next week.  On Monday, November 21, WSU faces Florida in a 7:00 matchup at the St. Pete Times Forum, a game that can be seen live on Fox Sports Florida.  The Raiders then head to Jacksonville to take on North Florida on Wednesday, November 23, also at 7:00.



Courtesy of WSU athletics


Wright State Raiders rebound from OSU loss with win over Division III Kenyon



The Wright State Raiders men’s basketball team open the home portion of its schedule with a win Sunday afternoon as the Raiders defeated Kenyon 80-56 at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Lords scored the first five points of the contest before WSU answered with a 10-0 run, half of those coming from Armond Battle.  The margin was still five until an 11-1 burst over a three-minute span, including five by John Balwigaire, put Wright State up 25-10 with 7:26 remaining in the first half.  Another 10-0 run extended the lead to 19 before the Raiders went into the half up 42-24.

Tavares Sledge (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half as WSU was at 41 percent compared to 40 percent for Kenyon, but the Raiders also made 12 of 16 foul shots while the Lords were just three of 10 from the stripe.

Wright State eventually pushed the lead to as much as 71-41 with 6:53 remaining before coasting to the victory.

The Raiders shot 44 percent for the game, 46 percent in the second half, and were 23 of 29 at the free throw line, 11 of 13 the final 20 minutes.  Kenyon, meanwhile, shot 41 percent on the night, including 11 of 22 from three-point range, but was just nine of 19 at the line.

Wright State led 32-12 in points in the paint and 29-3 in points off of turnovers as the Raiders forced 22 turnovers while committing only 11.

Tavares Sledge paced WSU with 16 points off the bench, 12 in the second half, and had eight rebounds while Balwigaire had 14 and Kendall Griffin and Battle 11 each.  Overall, the Raider reserves outscored the Kenyon bench 50-37.


Info courtesy of Wright State athletics

Wright State loses opener at Ohio State


The Wright State men’s basketball team dropped its season opener to #3 Ohio State 73-42 in Columbus Friday night as part of the Global Sports Shootout.

The Buckeyes held the lead throughout the first half, but the Raiders hung close and only trailed 19-14 following a John Balwigaire three at the 8:26 mark.  OSU, however, closed the period with a 15-6 run, eight of those coming from Jared Sullinger, to go up 34-20 at the break.

Wright State shot 41 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 40 percent for Ohio State, but the Raiders attempted just 17 shots and were two of four at the foul line while the Buckeyes were 16 of 21 at the stripe.

A.J. Pacher (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Ohio State then opened the second half with a 10-0 run and gradually pulled away from there as the Buckeyes shot 45 percent overall compared to just 32 percent for WSU as the Raiders hit only six of 24 shots the final 20 minutes.    OSU led 26-8 in points in the paint and 20-7 in points off of turnovers.

AJ Pacher paced Wright State with 13 points while Reggie Arceneaux, in his Raider debut, added 11.

Sullinger led all scorers with 19 for Ohio State while William Buford had 13 and Aaron Craft 10.


Info courtesy of Wright State Raiders athletics

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