DAYTON – Wright State’s 20th win was not easy, but this year they really haven’t had any easy wins. The Raiders pulled out a 59-58 win to send most of the 6998 fans home happy.
With 1:38 left in the game Todd Brown hit a 3-pointer to put Wright State up 57-56.
At the 1:16 mark Wright State’s Cooper Land fouled Chris Hayes, after a media timeout he sank both free throws to put the Flames up 58-57.
At the 4 second mark Wright State’s Vaughn Duggins hit a jump shot to put the Raiders back up 59-58.
Tonight's battle between Marist and Fairfield went just about as expected for a game between schools tied with 9-6 league records. Double overtime, won in the end by the home-standing Stags, now winners of five straight. But how this game got to its conclusion is something that will be talked about from now until the entire conference shows up in Albany, NY for the conference tournament.
DAYTON – Another close game, another win for the Raiders, as Wright State holds on to beat Loyola 55-51
That makes nine straight wins by the Raiders and every win has been by single digits. Wright State (18-6, 10-4 HL) has only played three games that were decided by double digits this year.
Unfortunately for Loyola (9-15, 5-9 HL) that makes 12 straight games decided by less than 10 points and only four of them were wins.
Tonight the Raiders jumped out to an 11-0 lead as Will Graham contributed a jumper and a layup, Vaughn Duggins did the same and Todd Brown sunk a 3-pointer.
DAYTON – Presbyterian College visited the Nutter Center and the result of the game were pretty predictable; Wright State beat the dog crap out of the Blue Hose 58-42.
I will get to the game a little later but first let’s take a look at Presbyterian College (3-22).
PC is a liberal arts small college of 1200 students from Clinton, SC. playing their first year of Division I basketball. They play one of the tougher schedules in the country if for no other reason than they play all their games but five are on the road.
DAYTON – In the end, down by 15 points, Green Bay stopped playing traditional defense and just trapped on almost every possession.
The defensive gamble got them close but when the dust settled Wright State won their fourth game in a row beating Green Bay 71-67.
At the 7:45 mark Wright State (13-6, 6-4 HL) went up 59-44 on a 3-pointer by Cooper Land.
Then Green Bay’s Rahmon Fletcher went to work. In the next 70 seconds he made two layups and a 3-pointer to make it a 59-51 game.
One of the perks of covering college basketball is being able to sit up close to the action, watching great teams play for free. The downside is that in the case of a blowout, you’re obligated not to leave.
Thus I was forced to endure all 40 minutes of Gonzaga’s 92-57 beat down of Pepperdine. This game was featured on the debut of ESPN’s Big Monday, but I’m sure the powers at be at ESPN would rather have aired Sports Center reruns instead.
DAYTON – When a team out-shoots its opponent from the field, from 3-point land and from the foul line you would expect that team to win.
Well, except if that team is the Wright State Raiders.
The visiting Cleveland State Vikings managed to steal a win 65-63 over Wright State and send 6477 fans home sad.
First the stats. Wright State 54.1 % FG (20-37), 63.6 % 3FG (7-11) and 72.7% (16-22). Cleveland State 39.7%FG(23-58), 29.4% 3FG(5-17) and 70%(14-20)
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After spending most of the last 10 years in the Midwest or on the East Coast, I haven’t gotten many opportunities to watch basketball west of the Rockies. But a rare trip to California afforded me a chance to finally see a game at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied arena. This alone would have been cause for excitement, but the fact I got to watch the #5 Bruins (16-1) take on #4 Washington State (14-1) in one of the biggest Pac-10 games of the year gave it the potential to be a memorable experience.
DAYTON – Hey! Wright State actually won a game by double digits as they defeated Youngstown State 66-55.
For the Raiders their only other double digit win was against Coastal Carolina in the first game of the year.
As for the Penguins it ended a three wins in four game stretch that saw them beat Slippery Rock, UIC and Loyola, while losing to Milwaukee.
By no means was this game a laugher.
STORRS, Conn. (Jan. 8, 2008) – A.J. Price scored a career-high 25 points and Jerome Dyson tied a team record with nine steals as Connecticut beat St. John's 81-65 Tuesday in the Huskies' Big East home opener.
Jeff Adrien had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Stanley Robinson added 15 points and eight boards for Connecticut (11-3, 2-1 Big East). Dyson finished with 12 points.
Price hit all four of his 3-point shots, dished out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds.