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Wright State’s Demmings named Horizon League Player of the Week

Press release & photo courtesy of Wright State athletics


Freshman guard Kim Demmings of the Wright State women’s basketball team has been selected as’s Horizon League Player of the Week for the week ending January 28.

Demmings (Richmond, IN/Richmond) scored 38 points with 18 rebounds and 12 assists in two Raider wins last week.  In a 71-66 overtime decision at Youngstown State on January 28, Demmings nearly posted a triple-double as she had 25 points along with season highs in rebounds (14) and assists (nine).  She scored the first 10 WSU points in overtime, including a decisive three-point play with 50.4 seconds remaining.

Kim Demmings

It was the second overtime win of the season for Wright State, the other coming at home against Milwaukee on January 14, and was the first overtime win away from home for the program since defeating Milwaukee 93-91 in double overtime on February 10, 1994, breaking a 10-game losing streak in such contests.

On January 26 at Cleveland State, Demmings had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists as the Raiders won 64-54.

Demmings, who has scored in double figures in every Horizon League game and has scored at least eight points in all but one contest the entire year, currently ranks third in the league in scoring average (16.8), third in assists per game (4.1), 14th in free throw percentage (710) and 15th in rebounds per game (6.0).  In league games only, Demmings is second in scoring (18.8), tied for third in assists (4.7), seventh in defensive rebounds (5.7) and 11th in rebounds overall (7.1). identifies the highest impact players nationally and one from each conference in their weekly feature. The entire list can be found at

The Wright State women’s basketball team is having a fine season under head coach Mike Bradbury at 14-7, 7-2 in the Horizon League.

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

Dayton Flyers to upgrade football schedule in order to reach playoffs

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The Dayton Flyers have always wanted a shot at the schools like Robert Morris and Duquesne, which are a part of the maximum-scholarship Football Championship Subdivision programs that compete for national titles, thinking that they can play a close game and possibly pull off an upset.

In 2010, the Flyers split with two teams from the scholarship Northeast Conference, beating Robert Morris but losing 35-31 at Duquesne.

Robert Morris was in the playoffs last year, winning the NEC’s automatic bid. If the Flyers had beaten Duquesne, they wouldn’t been in the top 20 and the playoffs would’ve been a reality.

Next year, UD will open against Illinois State and in 2013 they’ll open against Youngstown State, both games being on the road.

In those games, Dayton will be out-scholarshipped 63-0.

From 2012 and moving forward, the Flyers are committed to playing scholarship teams from the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) for their three non-conference games in an attempt to get to the postseason playoffs.

The criteria for teams from the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League to earn an at-large berth to the playoffs are to beat two FCS teams that give full rides, win their conference and finish in the Top 20 in the national poll.

In 2010, Dayton missed the top 20 by just a few points at 25th.

In the future, the FCS playoffs will be expanded from 20 to 22 or 24 teams.

Info compiled from staff, Dayton Flyers, Pioneer Football League & NCAA news

Duggins leads Wright State to win over Penguins

1st year head coach Billy Donlan has Raiders playing well ( photo)

The Youngstown State-Wright State game featured 15 ties and 16 lead changes, it was the Raiders that came out on top in the end as they outscored the Penguins 7-2 in the final 1:18 to squeeze out a 74-70 win at the Nutter Center.

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half of play. Youngstown State was 15 of 24 for 63 percent, including six of 12 from three-point land. Wright State was 17 of 33 for 52 percent.

The second half was just as tight as the opening half, but Matt Vest made one of two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to cement the win.

Wright State, connected on 16 of 20 free throws compared to nine of 12 for the Penguins. The Raiders led in points in the paint (38-20), points off turnovers (23-7), second-chance points (7-2) and fast-break points (10-0).

Vaughn Duggins led the way for WSU with 24 points, N’Gai Evans scored 17, with 14 in the second half.

Wright State goes to 17-9, 10-4 in Horizon League play.

Vytas Sulskis who hit his first nine shots, including six threes, led all scorers with 26 points for Youngstown State who drops to 8-16, 2-12 in the Horizon League. Kendrick Perry scored 16 points, 14 in the second half.

Info courtesy of Wright State athletics

Wright State loses at Milwaukee; ends 4-game road trip at 2-2

The Wright State Raiders ended a 2-week, 4-game road trip to Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio; Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The trip ended at 2-2 with wins against Youngstown State and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The last loss was at Milwaukee, 54-53.

Anthony Hill scored 22 points as Wisconsin-Milwaukee held off Wright State in a Horizon League contest.

The Panthers who improve to 12-11, 7-5 won despite missing 3 of 6 free throws in the final 37 seconds.

Vaughn Duggins lead the Raiders (14-9, 7-4) with 26 points.

Info courtesy of Wright State athletics