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Preview: Western Carolina at Wright State


Western Carolina (5-4) at Wright State (4-3)

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Nutter Center

Radio: 106.5

Probable Wright State starters

Player, Ht., Yr., Pos., PPG

Cole Darling, 6-8, Sr., F, 8.7

A.J. Pacher, 6-10, Sr., F, 10.4

Miles Dixon, 6-1, Sr., G, 10.9

Matt Vest, 6-5, Sr., G, 6.9

Kendall Griffin, 6-4, Jr., G, 6.7

Probable Western Carolina starters

Tawaski King, 6-8, Sr., F, 7.4

Kenneth Hall, 6-7, Jr., F, 2.8

Trey Summler, 6-2, Sr., G, 18.7

James Sinclair, 6-3, Jr., G, 10.0

Brandon Boggs, 6-5, Sr., G, 10.0

About Wright State: The Raiders have scored 70 or more points in all seven games. Last year, they scored 70 or more points six times all season. … Wright State has shot 50 percent or better from the field in five games. … The Raiders rank second in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (49.6) and free-throw percentage (77.9). They lead the league in scoring defense (62.7 points per game). … Among players who haven’t started a game, Jerran Young is the leading scorer with 7.9 points per game.

About Western Carolina: The Catamounts’ losses are to Oregon, Virginia Tech, Kent and South Carolina Upstate. Two of their victories are against lower-division teams: Limestone State (Division II) and Wittenberg (Division III). They also have wins over UNC Asheville, Niagra and Liberty. … Head coach Larry Hunter, the former head coach at Wittenberg and Ohio University, is in his eighth season. He has a career record of 635-365. … Western Carolina finished 13-19 a year ago and has made one NCAA tournament appearance in its history (1996).

FYI: This is the first meeting between the schools. WSU coach Billy Donlon said the game came about when they answered Western Carolina’s ad on one of the web sites where teams post messages looking for games. The Raiders were in desperate need of a home game, Donlon said, and Western Carolina didn’t care if the series started at home or on the road. The Catamounts play on the road against another Horizon League team, Cleveland State, on Dec. 16.

— David Jablonski


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