Wright State Basketball News: Raiders head north on Interstate 75 to take on Detroit Mercy

By Stretch Jenkinson

2 22 2024


DAYTON – The Wright State men’s basketball team hits the road for a Thursday visit to take on Detroit Mercy in the Raiders’ penultimate regular season road contest, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. in metro Detroit. Fans can follow the action several ways – via live stats, by watching on ESPN+ or by tuning in to the new home for Raider Basketball 101.5 HANK FM and WING 1410 AM. Chris Collins and Justin Kinner will have all the play-by-play on the radio feed.

Fans can tune into 101.5 HANK FM live over the air in the Dayton metro area, as well stream the station live nationwide through a variety of free streaming apps. The iHeartRadio app, the TuneIn Radio app and the Audacy app are all FREE and each carry 101.5 HANK FM. Just search “101.5 HANK FM” on any of the three apps for Raider Basketball.


Wright State tallied the first 14 points on Saturday afternoon and never looked back, as the Raiders rolled past Robert Morris 101-71 on Homecoming inside the Nutter Center as AJ Braun tallied a career-high 24 points and Tanner Holden reached 2,000 collegiate points. Trey Calvin and Brandon Noel each tallied 21 points, with Alex Huibregtse adding a 14-point game while Holden finished with 12 points.

Thanks to Trey Calvin & Tanner Holden, Wright State will become the only team in America with two players with 2,000-plus career points. Purdue (Zach Edey, Lance Jones) is the only other team with multiple players with 1,800-plus points.

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Tanner Holden reached the 2,000-point milestone with the game’s opening bucket on Feb. 17 against Robert Morris, while Trey Calvin reached the 2,000-point milestone with a pullup jumper on Feb. 8 against Detroit Mercy. The pair join Bill Edwards (1990-93, 2,303 career points) as the only Raiders to reach the mark. Calvin became the 15th player to reach 2,000 points in Horizon League history and is the first Wright State player in the HL’s 2,000-point club. Holden is currently 86 points shy of 2,000 points in a Raider uniform.

Thursday will be the 69th meeting all-time between Wright State and Detroit Mercy, with the Raiders leading the series 40-28 and have won 17 of the last 20 overall over the last seven seasons. The first meeting came back on Jan. 5, 1994, a 78-71 Wright State road victory inside Calihan Hall.

-Detroit Mercy is 1-27 overall with an 1-16 mark in Horizon League play, winning its first game on Feb. 14 at home over IUPUI.
-The Titans have struggled on offense but have picked it up in the last 11 games, averaging 73.5 points after tallying just 60.1 in their first 17 games. They have double-digit assists in eight of those 11 games.

Wright State currently leads the nation with its 53.3 percent overall season shooting percentage. The Raiders’ Effective FG Percentage (58.6 percent) is No. 2 and the Scoring Offense (85.6) is No. 6. Individually, Trey Calvin is No. 16 nationally with 185 FG made, while No. 33 nationally with 19.8 points/game average and is No. 26 with his 88.7 percent Free Throw Percentage. Calvin’s 515 total points are No. 29, while Tanner Holden (433 total points) is No. 119. Holden’s 158 FG made is No. 89 nationally.

AJ Braun tallied a career-best 24 points in the Feb. 17 game against RMU on 9-of-10 shooting. He currently has 17 games of 10-plus points scored, the most double-digit games he’s had in a season. Braun has come alive since the start of January, tallying 10-plus points in 10 of 13 games – with nine points in two other contests and eight in the third. In addition to the scoring, Braun has four games with 10-plus rebounds, all of which have been double-double performances.

Wright State’s 101-71 win over Robert Morris on Feb. 17 marked the 13th time the Raiders have reached the century mark under head coach Scott Nagy. The Raiders have now reached the 100-point mark eight times over the last two seasons (six times vs. D-I opponents – IUPUI (2x), Robert Morris (2x), Cleveland State, Purdue Fort Wayne).