Wright State Raiders set to face always-tough Oakland Golden Grizzlies in 1:00 PM Matinee

DAYTON – The Wright State men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways as the Raiders host Oakland inside the Nutter Center on Sunday afternoon in a 1 p.m. tipoff. Wright State has won two in a row, and four of the last five overall, following a Friday night comeback win over Detroit Mercy. Oakland comes into town following a comeback win of its own at Northern Kentucky and has won three straight games. 

Fans can follow the action several ways – via live stats, by watching on ESPN+ or by tuning in on WONE 980 AM. Chris Collins and Jim Brown will have all the play-by-play on the radio and ESPN feeds.


Down as many as 15 points in the second half, Wright State rallied back to end the night on a 34-14 run on the way to a 90-85 victory over Detroit Mercy Friday night. Trey Calvin tally 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, while Brandon Noel had a monster double-double with his 18-point, 17-rebound effort as the Raiders rallied from down 71-56 with 9:17 to play.

Oakland is coming off a comeback win Friday night at Northern Kentucky and is now 5-11 overall but has won its last three contests Wright State and Oakland have previously met 27 times, with the Raiders leading the series 19-8. The teams met three times in 2021-22, with the Raiders knocking off Oakland in the HL tournament quarterfinals in the Nutter Center last March in the final meeting. The teams first met back on Nov. 29, 1977 – a Raider victory – and the teams also met in Jan. 1979 and Dec. 1979 but then didn’t face each other again until Dec. 2000. Wright State also handed Oakland a loss in the Golden Grizzlies’ first-ever Horizon League contest, played Jan. 2, 2014 inside the Nutter Center.

A victory would be Wright State’s seventh-straight at home in the series over Oakland, while the Raiders are 11-2 overall against Oakland under head coach Scott Nagy.

-Oakland is 5-11 overall but has won three straight after recording its first road win of the season on Friday at NKU, as the Golden Grizzlies are now 1-9 in road and neutral site contests.
-Oakland is in the middle of a January stretch where it plays six of eight games on the road this month, but turns around and hosts six games in February to close the regular season – including each of the last four.
-Trey Townsend leads Oakland with 16.6 points/game followed by Jalen Moore with 14.1 ppg.. Keaton Hervey’s 7.7 rebounds/game is tops, while Townsend averages 7.1 rebounds/game.

Wright State ended the Jan. 6 comeback win over Detroit Mercy with 34 of the final 48 points over the last 9:11 of game action as the Raiders scored their most points in a regulation game against a NCAA Division I opponent since a 93-82 win over Bryant in last year’s First Four victory.

Brandon Noel has recorded back-to-back double-doubles this week, establishing new career highs rebounds in both games, most recently with his 17 rebound effort against Detroit Mercy on Jan. 6. Against Detroit Mercy, Noel had a double-double in the second half alone, tallying 16 points and 12 rebounds (18 points, 17 rebounds overall), which followed up his 14 point, 15 rebound effort at IUPUI on Jan. 2.

Through 15 games, Trey Calvin is averaging 10.8 points in the second half of games, including his 21 second half points in the comeback win over Detroit Mercy on Jan. 6. Calvin has scored double digits in nine second halves to date, including each of the last four games, while averaging 7.8 first half points this season with five total first half double digit scoring outputs.