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Wright State’s Mitchell soars for another career high

Wright State junior point guard Justin Mitchell notched a career high for the third game in a row Sunday with 15 rebounds in an 88-67 victory against Oakland at the Nutter Center. “Shout out to my teammates,” Mitchell said. “They get all the credit for blocking them out.” “Stealing rebounds,” Parker Ernsthausen joked under his breath, drawing a laugh from Mitchell...
Ernsthausen’s big game helps WSU roll over Oakland

Ernsthausen’s big game helps WSU roll over Oakland

Parker Ernsthausen’s playing time has been predicated on his ability to play defense, but that might be changing after the performance the Wright State sophomore turned in Sunday against Oakland. With starting forward Steven Davis picking up his second foul 135 seconds into the game, Ernsthausen came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 points to help the Raiders rout the Grizzlies 84-59...
Wright State routs Oakland for third straight win

Wright State routs Oakland for third straight win

Wright State sophomore Parker Ernsthausen came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points Sunday as the Raiders routed Oakland 88-67. It was the third win a row for the Raiders (14-7, 4-3 Horizon League) as they avenged an 81-62 loss to the Grizzlies (15-6, 5-3) in December in the conference opener. Called on early after Steven Davis picked up his second foul less than three minutes into the game...
SPORTS DAILY: Time for Wright State, fans to make a statement

SPORTS DAILY: Time for Wright State, fans to make a statement

Now would be a good time for Wright State fans to show this isn’t just a University of Dayton basketball town. They can do this by turning out in greater numbers than usual Sunday afternoon at 2 when the Raiders play Oakland (Mich.) University at the Nutter Center. Dayton plays at the same time, hosting Saint Louis, and you know UD Arena will be stuffed to the rafters. No reason WSU shouldn&rsquo...
Raiders, Davis look to keep roll going vs. Oakland

Raiders, Davis look to keep roll going vs. Oakland

When Wright State takes on Oakland today at the Nutter Center, the Raiders will be hoping for a completely different performance from the first time the two teams met when the Grizzlies scored an 81-62 triumph in the Dec. 29 league opener. Fortunately for WSU, it has a player who is experienced in staging completely different performances. Senior forward Steven Davis rebounded...
College Basketball Preview: Oakland at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: Oakland at Wright State

Who: Oakland (15-5, 5-2) at Wright State (13-7, 4-3) When: 2 p.m. Sunday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 8-7, but Oakland has won five of the last six. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 13-7 at Wright State and 423-247 in 22 seasons overall. Greg Kampe, who is one of four active coaches with more than 500 wins at the same school, is 573-420 in his 33rd season with Oakland. Probable Wright...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State coach makes fashion statement

Tom Archdeacon: Wright State coach makes fashion statement

With 50 seconds left in the first half Friday night, Detroit point guard Jarod Williams drove the lane and scored easily in front of two Wright State defenders who stood flat-footed. In front of the WSU bench, Scott Nagy jumped up and yelled to the Raiders, who didn’t seem to hear him as they ran to the far court and botched a play. For an instant the coach was beside himself and he cupped his...
Wright State starts fast, finishes strong against Detroit

Wright State starts fast, finishes strong against Detroit

The Wright State players had 60 reasons to feel good about what they accomplished in the first half Friday night against Detroit. Then coach Scott Nagy walked in and gave them two reasons to get over themselves. After blowing a 21-point lead against Miami and a 14-point edge on Youngstown State, the Raiders found the resolve to keep things going after building a 22-point cushion against the Titans...
Wright State rolls Detroit behind Davis’ career-high 27 points

Wright State rolls Detroit behind Davis’ career-high 27 points

Wright State rode its best half of the season to dominate Detroit for a 106-88 victory Friday night at the Nutter Center. The Raiders scored 60 points and committed just four turnovers in the first half to build a 22-point lead and cruised from there to improve to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the Horizon League. Steven Davis was one of four Raiders to hit double digits by halftime, and the senior forward...
WSU’s Hayhow heading into bittersweet final home meet

WSU’s Hayhow heading into bittersweet final home meet

Emily Hayhow’s Wright State career, much like many of her swims, went by fast. “It’s like you’re waiting for it for four years and then it comes and you’re like, ‘No, I don’t want it to end,’ ” said Hayhow, one of seven swimmers who will be honored Saturday on Senior Day at the WSU Natatorium. “It’s bittersweet,” she added. &ldquo...
Perfect streak continues for Wright State junior forward Smith

Perfect streak continues for Wright State junior forward Smith

One of the most valuable types of players a basketball coach can have is one who doesn’t miss. And Katrina Merriweather feels fortunate to have such a player in her first year at the helm of the Wright State program. Sure, Lexi Smith misses some shots. Almost half of them to be exact. But it’s not her team-leading field goal percentage that is worth the most to Merriweather. It’s...
College Basketball Preview: Detroit at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: Detroit at Wright State

Who: Detroit (4-14, 2-4) at Wright State (12-7, 3-3) When: 7 p.m. Friday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 28-26 and has won six of the last seven, including an 85-72 triumph at Detroit on Dec. 31, 2016. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 12-7 at Wright State and 422-247 in 22 seasons overall. Detroit alum Bacari Alexander is 4-14 in his first season as Titans head coach following six seasons...
Pair of Wright State players selected in MLS Draft

Pair of Wright State players selected in MLS Draft

The Horizon League champion Wright State soccer team has produced a pair of MLS draft picks. The Seattle Sounders chose Jake Stovall in the third round while the Colorado Rapids picked Peguy Ngatcha in the fourth round. Stovall is from Centerville and was an All-Horizon League first-teamer while Ngatcha was the HL Player of the Year and named the conference’s best offensive player after tying...
Alstork rallies WSU from 11 down to beat Milwaukee

Alstork rallies WSU from 11 down to beat Milwaukee

Scott Nagy said he didn’t have a magic potion to fix his team’s recent struggles, but apparently the Wright State coach does own a crystal ball. Nagy predicted leading scorer Mark Alstork would break out of a slump that had seen him miss 32 of 38 shots the last three games if he focused on helping his teammates get better, and the senior guard responded with a game-high seven assists to...

WSU women begin four-game road trip

The Wright State women’s basketball team kicks off the longest road trip of its conference slate today with a 1 p.m. contest at Northern Kentucky. That will be followed by road games at Oakland on Monday, Illinois-Chicago on Friday and Valparaiso on Jan. 22. WSU (11-5 overall, 3-1 Horizon League) enters the rough road stretch on a roll, having won two in a row and six of seven. The key contest...

Wright State-Milwaukee preview

Who: Wright State (11-7, 2-3) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5-12, 1-3) When: 3 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Milwaukee leads 28-26, but Wright State swept last year’s games by a combined three points, winning 84-82 in overtime in Milwaukee, and 84-83 at the Nutter Center. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 11-7 at Wright State and 421-247 in 22 seasons overall. LaVall Jordan is 5-12 in his first...
First-place Green Bay blows out ice cold WSU

First-place Green Bay blows out ice cold WSU

Wright State couldn’t get stops or make shots, and that was a lethal combination against an explosive Wisconsin-Green Bay squad Thursday night. The host Phoenix made 12 of their first 20 3-pointers and quickly stretched a five-point halftime lead to 20 on the way to a 78-61 rout at the Resch Center. “They haven’t been a particularly good 3-point shooting team all year, but they shot...
College Basketball Preview: Wright State vs. Green Bay

College Basketball Preview: Wright State vs. Green Bay

Who: Wright State (11-5, 2-1) at Wisconsin-Green Bay (10-6, 4-0) When: 8 p.m. Thursday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Green Bay leads 30-25, with the most recent meeting being a 78-69 Phoenix victory in last year’s Horizon League tournament championship game. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 11-6 at Wright State and 421-246 in 22 seasons overall. Linc Darner is 33-19 in his second season at Green Bay...
Wright State aims to slow fast-paced Phoenix

Wright State aims to slow fast-paced Phoenix

The directive from some coaches after blowing a 15-point lead and losing at home might be for the players to forget about it and move on. But not Wright State’s Scott Nagy. “I want them bothered,” Nagy said a few days after the Raiders dropped an 80-75 decision against Youngstown State . “I don’t have a lot of interest in being around people...
Double sprain to sideline WSU’s Hughes for at least two games

Double sprain to sideline WSU’s Hughes for at least two games

Wright State is expected to be without sophomore guard Mark Hughes for at least the next two games after he sprained both ankles on the same play during an 80-75 loss to Youngstown State on Saturday. “I’ve never seen that before,” Raiders coach Scott Nagy said of the double sprain. “When he jumped he stepped on somebody’s foot, and as he landed...
South Dakota State point guard transfers to Wright State

South Dakota State point guard transfers to Wright State

First-year Wright State coach Scott Nagy has had to make do with an incomplete roster this season, often bringing up how the lack of a true point guard is holding the Raiders back. And he’s making sure he won’t be caught in that predicament again. A point guard who was coached by Nagy at South Dakota State has transferred to Wright State. Cole Gentry redshirted as a freshman with the Jackrabbits...
Cole Gentry set to join Wright State basketball program

Cole Gentry set to join Wright State basketball program

Coach Scott Nagy has started stocking his Wright State basketball roster for next season with transfer Cole Gentry. A 5-10 freshman from St. Charles, Ill., Gentry signed with South Dakota State two years ago when Nagy was the coach of the Jackrabbits. He sat redshirted last season and played 10 games for SDSU this season, averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. He will not...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Taylor nails a breakout game

Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Taylor nails a breakout game

To know just how good of a day it had been, all you had to do was look at her nails. They were painted a light blue and looked perfect. They were shiny, not chipped. No place was the color worn thin. Mackenzie Taylor paints her nails a different color before most of her Wright State games. For her it’s not so much about adornment as it is a way to deal with emotions. “I get nervous before...
Wright State guard injured in loss to Youngstown State

Wright State guard injured in loss to Youngstown State

A few minutes before losing their 15-point lead, the Wright State Raiders lost sophomore guard Mark Hughes in Saturday’s 80-75 setback against Youngstown State. Hughes suffered a lower leg injury while driving to the basket midway through the second half and had to be carried off the Nutter Center court by his teammates. “It’s always tough to see a teammate go down,” senior...
Raiders fall at home to Penguins

Raiders fall at home to Penguins

Highlights of Wright State's 80-75 loss to Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon.
Penguins rally from 15 down to knock off Wright State

Penguins rally from 15 down to knock off Wright State

Less than 48 hours after turning in its best defensive performance of the season in holding Cleveland State to 51 points, Wright State gave up 50 in one half. And it cost the Raiders more than just a little defensive pride. Youngstown State guards Francisco Santiago and Cameron Morse scored 32 of their combined 36 points after halftime as the Penguins rallied from a 15-point deficit to topple Wright...
YSU rallies to beat Wright State

YSU rallies to beat Wright State

Wright State blew a 15-point lead Saturday afternoon in falling 80-75 to Youngstown State at the Nutter Center. YSU junior guard Cameron Morse’s three-point play with 19.2 remaining sealed the win as the Penguins improved to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in the Horizon League. WSU (11-6, 2-2 HL) lost for just the second time at home this season despite getting19 points from Steven Davis and 18 from Justin...
Hobbled Hayes back where she belongs

Hobbled Hayes back where she belongs

When Antania Hayes tore her the ACL in her left knee five minutes into last year’s Horizon League tournament opener, she not only knew her season was over. She was pretty sure her career Wright State career was finished as well. One month later when Katrina Merriweather was named to replace Mike Bradury as head coach on April 19 – Hayes’ 21st birthday – she was resigned to...

Youngstown State-Wright State preview

Who: Youngstown State (7-9, 1-2 Horizon League) at Wright State (11-5, 2-1) When: 4 p.m. today TV/Radio: ASN, ESPN3/106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads, 42-11. The Raiders are 24-2 at home but lost to Youngstown State, 74-69, in 2015 at the Nutter Center. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 11-5 at Wright State and 421-245 in 22 seasons overall. Jerry Slocum has a 136-220 record in 12 seasons at Youngstown State...
Rebounding improvement key to Wright State’s success

Rebounding improvement key to Wright State’s success

Wright State charts all the usual statistics to figure out its strengths and weaknesses, but coach Scott Nagy can always tell whether his team is on the right track just by its rebounding totals. If his players are fully engaged and committed to winning, he believes it will show up in how well they retrieve missed shots. “I call it a ‘heart’ stat,” he said. “When I look...
WSU names Wichman interim softball coach

WSU names Wichman interim softball coach

Justine Wichman came to Wright State expecting to be assisting Ray Loeser, not succeeding him. But Loeser unexpectedly resigned Dec. 1, and Thursday WSU promoted Wichman to interim coach. The timing may have come as a surprise, but the end result has always been a part of the plan for the 27-year-old Wichman. “Ever since first grade I knew I wanted to be a college softball coach,” she...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Davis a hit on a night of misses

Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Davis a hit on a night of misses

They were like a pair of cutmen working on a warhorse boxer in the corner during the final rounds of a toe-to-toe bout. During each time out in the final minutes of Wright State’s 55-51 victory over Cleveland State on Thursday night at the Nutter Center, Raiders athletic trainer Jason Franklin and one of his assistants — each wearing rubber gloves and holding absorbent clothes in their...
Wright State prevails with strong defense

Wright State prevails with strong defense

The 3,488 Wright State fans who watched the Raiders make just 35 percent of their shots and commit 19 turnovers may have thought they witnessed an ugly game. But to first-year coach Scott Nagy, those 40 minutes against Cleveland State were a thing of beauty. That’s because his team put together perhaps its best defensive effort in a 55-51 win Thursday, holding the visitors to 37-percent shooting...
Wright State finding success with free throws and 3-point shooting

Wright State finding success with free throws and 3-point shooting

Wright State coach Scott Nagy isn’t satisfied with his defense at the halfway point of the season and will be harping on that the rest of the way. And while he’ll keep addressing the team’s ball-handling issues, he’s come to accept he may have to live with a less-than-desirable turnover rate without a true point guard. But the Raiders couldn’t have produced a 10-5 record...
College Basketball Preview: Cleveland State at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: Cleveland State at Wright State

Who: Cleveland State (5-9, 1-1 Horizon League) at Wright State (10-5, 1-1) When: 7:30 p.m. today TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM Series: Tied 33-33 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 10-5 at Wright State and 420-245 in 22 seasons overall. Gary Waters is 190-159 with six postseason appearances in 11 years at Cleveland State. He’s 361-294 overall, including four years at Kent State and five at Rutgers. Probable...
Detroit a good starting place to make America great again

Detroit a good starting place to make America great again

Whatever you’ve heard or read about the deteriorating state of inner-city and much of suburban Detroit is worse in person. Think of the most neglected areas in Dayton, Springfield, Middletown or Hamilton and super-size it by 1,000 times or more. That’s not a mocking indictment on this nation’s onetime industrial might. It’s more a nod to the evolution of a mighty city that...
Ernsthausen comes up big for Raiders

Ernsthausen comes up big for Raiders

Parker Ernsthausen is 6 feet 11 and listed a generous 235 pounds as a redshirt sophomore forward for the Wright State University men’s basketball team. And that’s after an offseason dedicated to developing that slight physique. But the Bowling Green native by way of Toledo St. John’s High School came up big when he needed to during Saturday’s clutch 85-72 Horizon League...
WSU’s La Tulip warms up to instant offense role

WSU’s La Tulip warms up to instant offense role

Mike La Tulip’s job is to provide the Wright State men’s basketball team with a steady dose of instant offense. That’s a role the streaky 3-point bomber has earned as a fifth-year senior. But that doesn’t mean he can’t get defensive. “My role is to make 3s and be a good part of the offense,” La Tulip said, “but at the same time I know the reason I stay...
WSU’s Davis embracing breakout season

WSU’s Davis embracing breakout season

Steven Davis is hoping to cram a career’s worth of basketball into his senior season. No blaming him for that, not when most of his time at Wright State University has been on injured reserve. “I look forward to every game,” Davis said following Thursday night’s 81-62 setback to Oakland (Mich.) in what also served as one of four Horizon League men’s college basketball...
College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Detroit Mercy

College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Detroit Mercy

Records: WSU 9-5 (0-1); Detroit Mercy 2-11 (0-1) When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Calihan Hall, Detroit TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM Probable Wright State starters Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; 15.1 Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 20.4 Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 10.4 Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 11.0 Parker Ernsthausen 6-11; So.; F; 4.2 Probable Detroit starters Jaleel Hogan 6-7; Jr.; F; 14.0 Chris Jenkins 6-8...
Buckeyes, Flyers, Raiders, Votto and more: 2016 things that didn’t suck

Buckeyes, Flyers, Raiders, Votto and more: 2016 things that didn’t suck

The year 2016 provided plenty of reasons to feel bad. Forget those for now, though. We’re here to accentuate the positive. Here are nine things from 2016 that definitely didn’t suck: The Flyers outlasted VCU for a 68-67 overtime victory at UD Arena to claim a share of the conference title and the top seed in the league tournament. The Knights made it back-to-back Division II state...
WSU drops Horizon League opener at Oakland

WSU drops Horizon League opener at Oakland

Oakland turned to its two smallest players to come up big against Wright State in an 81-62 defeat of the Raiders in a men’s college basketball Horizon League opener on Thursday night. Mark Alstork, WSU’s leading scorer, initially drew 5-foot-11 Golden Grizzles defender Stevie Clark, who was spelled by 5-9 Brailen Neely. Although Alstork hit his average with 21 points, that unlikely duo...
Alstork shaping up as Raiders’ leader

Alstork shaping up as Raiders’ leader

It’s easy to differentiate Mark Alstork, Wright State’s leading scorer (20.4), from the rest of his teammates during pregame warmups. He’s the one who’s pumped up with music blaring through Beats Headphones, either on his head or wrapped around his neck. A nearby Apple iPhone serves as his energy source. The 6-foot-5 junior guard has had a breakout season for the Raiders and...
Familiar foe awaits Wright State’s Nagy in Horizon League opener

Familiar foe awaits Wright State’s Nagy in Horizon League opener

Scott Nagy’s first Horizon League game as Wright State’s coach won’t be too unfamiliar. Wright State opens conference play on Thursday night on the road against Oakland, an opponent Nagy knows well. Nagy coached at South Dakota State for 21 seasons before coming to Wright State earlier this year. Oakland and South Dakota State were both members of the Summit League from 2007 to 2013...
College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Oakland

College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Oakland

When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday Where: Athletics Center O’rena, Rochester, Mich. TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 8-6 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 9-4 at Wright State and 419-244 in 22 seasons overall. Greg Kampe is 568-418 in his 33rd season with Oakland. Kampe, a native of Defiance, is one of four active college coaches with over 500 wins at one school. Probable Wright State starters...
Defense on the upswing as Wright State opens Horizon League play

Defense on the upswing as Wright State opens Horizon League play

Wright State’s wins the last few years were usually earned by strong defensive play. When coach Scott Nagy took over the program earlier this year, he installed a different playing style that has led to the Raiders taking far more shots than they did during Billy Donlon’s tenure. But don’t let the high scores of Wright State’s games make you think offense is the bigger focus...
Wright State tops Murray State on the road

Wright State tops Murray State on the road

After three dismal road losses in a row, the Wright State men’s basketball team suddenly has won twice in five days away from the Nutter Center, heating up just in time for the start of Horizon League play. After winning at Kent State on Sunday, the Raiders achieved their latest success Thursday night by blowing the doors off Murray State in the second half and running away with a 77-62 triumph...
Ernsthausen gives Raiders lift with strong defense

Ernsthausen gives Raiders lift with strong defense

Wright State’s Parker Ernsthausen made his first start of the year at Kent State on Sunday. And while the 6-foot-11 sophomore chipped in just two points, the Raiders probably wouldn’t have been able to pick up a quality road win without him. Coach Scott Nagy knew his four-guard lineup wouldn’t work against the Golden Flashes’ towering front line, and Ernsthausen provided not...
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