INDIANAPOLIS/DAYTON – Wright State men’s basketball junior Tanner Holden has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, the League office announced on Monday. He helped lead the Raiders to a pair of road victories last week over IUPUI and UIC, including a record-setting performance in Chicago.
Holden poured in a career-best 38 points and reached 500 career rebounds on Saturday night against UIC as the Raiders completed a two-game weekend sweep. Holden balanced his scoring throughout Saturday night, tallying 17 in the opening 20 minutes before 21 points in the second half behind a 14-of-24 shooting night while hitting 10-of-11 free throw attempts. Along with his scoring, Holden finished the night with seven rebounds, becoming the 21st Raider to reach 500 career rebounds with his defensive rebound with 5:23 remaining in the first half. Holden is now one of only 14 Raiders in program history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
Holden shot 58 percent from the floor overall over the two contests, connecting on 18-of-31 shot attempts with a 10-of-11 mark at the free throw stripe, all of which came Saturday night. He added 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 66 total minutes of action. An 83 percent free throw shooter on the season, Holden’s 119 made free throws leads the country entering the week while his 144 attempts are the second-most nationally. He is also 10th nationally in total points scored (391) and 15th in the country with his 20.6 points per game average.
Wright State closes a five-game road trip Tuesday night before returning home to the Nutter Center to open a stretch of four straight at home beginning Friday night with a nationally televised contest on ESPNU against Cleveland State. Friday’s nationally televised game will be a 9 p.m. tipoff inside the Nutter Center and will be a blackout game before a Sunday afternoon contest against Purdue Fort Wayne.
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