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Wright State guard Mays to transfer for senior season to possibly Purdue


Julius Mays ( photo)

When Julius Mays arrived at Wright State after playing two years at North Carolina State, he said he would be able to be a leader on a young team.

Well, all of that is past tense as after playing only one season, he is taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a graduating player to transfer to another school if he is pursuing another degree if he has eligibility remaining.

The 6’2″ 195 lb guard  Mays will  graduating in June, which means that as long as the school he transfers to offers a graduate program that Wright State doesn’t, he will be eligible to play immediately instead of sitting out a year. Purdue does offer a graduate program and has two scholarships available.

Mays is a native of Marion, Indiana.

His totals for the Raiders were very respectable, 30 games played, 33.4 minutes per game, 14.1 points per game, .832 free throw percentage and .424 3-point field goal percentage.

The Raiders will miss his leadership and scoring abilities.


Info compiled from Radio talk shows & basketball news

Two guards miss Detroit game; 69-53 loss by Raiders


Julius Mays ( photo)

Vance Hall (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

The Wright State Raiders traveled to Detroit to play the Titans in a Horizon League without two of their key guards.

Head coach Billy Donlon, with a young team, says that there are plenty of games left in the season and the team needs Julius Mays and Vance Hall back to near 100 percent as quick as they can.

Wright State did lose at Detroit, 69-53 to fall to 9-12, 4-5 on the season.

Mays, the team’s leading scorer and junior, is the only player to average double figures in scoring at 13.4 points per game, suffered a strain to his left Achilles tendon and calf muscle on January 8 against Valparaiso. He played in two games last week, but left the game against Wisconsin-Green Bay briefly after aggravating the injury in the second half. Mays did not practice all week.

Hall sustained a concussion during practice last Thursday when he fell to the ground after grabbing a rebound. He averages 4.5 points and 20. 4 minutes per game with nine starts.


Info compiled from staff, Radio, internet & TV news

Wright State wins close affair at tough Millett Hall, 51-49


The Wright State men’s basketball team nearly saw a five-point lead slip away in the final minute, but held on for a 51-49 win over the Miami RedHawks Saturday at Millett Hall.

The Raiders rebounded from a tough loss at Air Force to win at one of the toughest basketball arenas to play in.

Miami jumped out to a 9-1 lead on threes by Julian Mavunga, Will Sullivan and Josh Sewell three minutes into the contest and the margin was seven until an 8-0 WSU run, capped off by a Reggie Arceneaux three, put the Raiders up for the first time at 16-15 at the 4:27 mark.

The one-point lead then seesawed between the two teams the rest of the half before the RedHawks went into the break up 22-21 on a Mavunga dunk in the final minute.

Cole Darling led WSU with 13 points

Back-to-back Cole Darling three put Wright State up 29-25 with 16:29 remaining and the lead grew to 34-27 on an Arceneaux three-point play at the 14:44 mark.

Miami tied it at 37 on a Mavunga free throw with 8:13 left, but Armond Battle gave the Raiders the lead for good with a three and the WSU lead was 50-45 on two Julius Mays foul shots with 56 seconds remaining.

Jon Harris, however, cut the margin to two with a three-pointer and the RedHawks looked to be in position to tie the game as Mavunga went to the foul line with 2.1 seconds left.

Mavunga made the first, but missed the second and after Battle gathered in the rebound, he hit the first of two free throws at the 0.5-second mark.  Battle intentionally missed the second and Miami missed a desperation shot as time expired.

WSU shot 34 percent for the game compared to 30 percent for the RedHawks.

Darling was the only Raider in double figures as he scored 13 off the bench.  Arceneaux and Mays each had eight.

Mavunga led Miami (2-5) with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds while Harris had 10 off the bench.

Wright State (4-6) faces another local rival on Wednesday, December 14, as the Raiders host Cincinnati in a 7:00 contest that will be televised on ESPN2.


Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State media relations

Wright State’s cold-shooting dooms team in loss at Air Force

The men’s basketball team found the offense hard to come by Wednesday night as the Raiders dropped a 55-34 decision at Air Force.

WSU trailed just 3-2 following a Cole Darling jumper, but the Falcons followed with a 15-0 run over the next 7:30 to take control.  The two teams played nearly even the rest of the period as Air Force led 27-13 at the break.

Michael Lyons (courtesy of Air Force athletics)

The Raiders hit five of 27 shots in the opening 20 minutes, including one of 10 from three-point range, while the Falcons made 10 of 21 attempts for 48 percent overall and were five of 11 from behind the arc.

Air Force gradually built on the lead in the second half as the Falcons shot 38 percent in the period to finish at 42 percent overall.  Wright State, in comparison, ended the game at 20 percent altogether and was two of 19 from three.

Cole Darling led the Raiders with seven points while Julius Mays had six.

Michael Lyons paced Air Force (4-2) with 15 points, 10 coming in the first half.


Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State athletics

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.

(logo courtesy of Youngstown State athletics via wikipedia commons)

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.

(courtesy of Wright State athletics)

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

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