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College Basketball: Wright State Raiders seek fifth straight victory


Who: Wright State (4-3) at Western Kentucky (5-2)

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Diddle Arena, Bowling Green Ky.

Radio: 106.5-FM

Series: First meeting

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 24-15 in his second season at Wright State and 434-255 in 23 years overall. Rick Stansbury is 20-19 in his second season at Western Kentucky. He was 293-166 in 14 years at Mississippi State from 1998-2012, making six NCAA tourney appearances and five NIT trips before resigning. He spent two years as a Texas A&M assistant before coming to WKU.

Probable Wright State starters

Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C;4.9

Justin Mitchell;6-4;Sr.;G;11.8

Mark Hughes;6-4;Jr.;G;10.1

Louden Love;6-9;Fr.;C;8.7

Grant Benzinger;6-3;Sr.;G;13.0

Probable Western Kentucky starters

Darius Thompson;6-4;Sr.;G;13.4

Dwight Coleby;6-9;Sr.;F;12.0

Lamonte Bearden;6-3;Jr.;G;12.1

Taveion Hollingsworth;6-2;Fr.;G;11.6

Justin Johnson;6-7;Sr.;F;10.9

About Wright State: The Raiders have won four straight despite struggling at times on offense. Their defense has been solid, but they’re shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 30.6 on 3-pointers. … Love had a season-high 13 rebounds against Fairfield on Sunday and had 31 in the three-game Wright State tourney. He’s tied for second in the Horizon League with an 8.4 average. … Everett Winchester, a 6-6 forward, was named conference freshman of the week for the second time this season after notching 18 points and seven rebounds against Tiffin. He’s averaging 10.3 points and shooting 47.9 percent from the field. … The Raiders are trying to win five straight games for the first time since winning six in a row near the end of the 2015-16 season. … The Horizon League so far appears to be balanced this season. No team has fewer than two losses.

About Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers are coming off a 83-51 thrashing of visiting Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, putting seven players in double figures. They beat then-No. 16 Purdue and SMU the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas last week. Their first game in the event was a competitive 66-58 loss to No. 3 Villanova. … Jake Ohmer, one of six players averaging double figures at 10.7, was named C-USA freshman of the week after making 8-of-11 three-pointers in the tourney, including a game-winning trey in the 63-61 win over SMU. … Johnson was named to the C-USA preseason all-league team for the season straight year. He averaged 14.5 points and 9.4 rebounds last season and led the league with 14 double-doubles. … The Hilltoppers were picked to finish sixth among 14 teams in the conference preseason poll. Middle Tennessee is the favorite.

Coming up: Wright State plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Ohio Valley University, a Division II program from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference located in Vienna, W.Va.



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