DAYTON – The Wright State men’s basketball team wraps up regular season action this weekend with a pair of contests in Michigan, beginning Thursday night when the Raiders take on Oakland in a 7 p.n. tipoff inside the O’rena. Both the Raiders and Golden Grizzlies are coming off losses entering Thursday’s meeting.
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 feeds.
LAST TIME OUT
Trey Calvin’s jumper with two seconds remaining gave the Raiders the lead, but Purdue Fort Wayne’s Damian Chong Qui connected from just inside the half court line at the buzzer to hand Wright State a 77-75 defeat on Sunday afternoon. Alex Huibregtse connected on a career-best six three-pointers to finish with 24 points, one point shy of his career high, while Calvin finished with 22 points. Brandon Noel tallied his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Oakland is coming off a home loss to Detroit Mercy last Friday at home and is 3-3 in the month of February. The Raiders fell 75-73 in the first meeting with Oakland in early January, with AJ Braun’s 15 points and Brandon Noel’s 14 points and 15 rebounds leading the way. Wright State and Oakland have previously met 28 times, with the Raiders leading the series 19-9. 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.
-Oakland is 12-17 overall (10-8 Horizon) with a 7-5 mark at home to date. The Golden Grizzlies have lost three of their last five at home, all in Horizon League play.
-Oakland is closing the regular season with the final two games of a four-game homestand this weekend.
-Jalen Moore’s 18.7 points per game leads Oakland and ranks fourth in the Horizon, while his 5.7 assists per game is No. 17 in the nation.
Wright State’s 50.0 overall season shooting percentage to date is 3rd best in the country behind Gonzaga (1, 52.5 percent) and Colgate (2, 51.1). Trey Calvin’s 446 total field goal attempts is No. 10 nationally and his 220 field goals made is ranked 9th, while Brandon Noel’s 60.7 percent field goal percentage is tops in the Horizon League and is No. 21 nationally in shooting percentage.
ALL IN THE DETAILS. . .
-Wright State has recorded 12 of its 16 victories when scoring over 80 points (12-3). The Raiders are a 4-10 when tallying 79 or fewer points, with all four of those wins coming with between 73 and 79 points scored.
-The Raiders are 3-6 in games decided by five points or less, with five of those contests coming in Horizon League action (2-3 record in those HL contests).
-Wright State has pulled down more defensive rebounds than its opponents in 14 of its 16 wins to date. The Raiders are 1-9 in games where the lose the defensive rebounding battle.
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