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Archdeacon: Wright State big man a true student-athlete

As he sat in the Mills Morgan Center waiting for basketball practice to begin the other day, he was asked about the one glitch in his career. “I don’t like to think about it,” Parker Ernsthausen, Wright State’s 6-foot-11 center, said with a tiny shake of the head, then a slight smile. »WRIGHT STATE INSIDER: Golfer Sipe earns degree as he contemplates future Was he referring...
Wright State: Golfer Sipe earns degree as he contemplates future

Wright State: Golfer Sipe earns degree as he contemplates future

Austin Sipe had a productive four years as a Wright State golfer through last spring and pulled off an impressive achievement in winning the Ohio Amateur at Springfield Country Club last summer. But he went to college to earn a degree and didn’t want to leave Wright State without it. Though it took him an extra semester, Sipe completed his coursework as a communication major this week and will...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
College Basketball: Raiders defense continues to create turnovers

College Basketball: Raiders defense continues to create turnovers

Wright State coach Scott Nagy doesn’t want his players to take gambles on defense. He’d rather have them crowd the lane and stay in front of dribblers than trap all over the floor. But sound defensive principles and a willingness to hit the deck for loose balls have created a slew of turnovers this season, making up for some shoddy offensive efforts at times. That was the case in a 63-54...
Wright State Raiders: Big Love making an impact

Wright State Raiders: Big Love making an impact

Freshman Louden Love may be the only Wright State player who can give the team a lift by doing next to nothing. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound center poses a conundrum for most opponents when he plants himself inside. If they help out defensively to keep him from getting easy baskets, they know other players are roaming free for uncontested 3-pointers. “He’s got the body of a senior already,...
Wright State-Kent State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State-Kent State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Kent State (5-4) at Wright State (5-4) When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5-FM Series: Tied 2-2 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 25-16 in his second season at Wright State and 435-256 in 23 years overall. Rob Senderoff is 127-85 in his seventh season at Kent State. »RELATED: Point guard believes Raiders can win Horizon League »RELATED: Wright State finds scoring...
Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Well, at least the NFL hasn’t gotten everything wrong this week.  The league was correct to overturn George Iloka’s suspension.  A few minutes before we found out that news, I suggested to another reporter in the Bengals locker room the appeal probably consisted of the team sending multiple versions of the same hit from any other week of the season that might draw a flag but...
Wright State finds scoring easier against Division II foe

Wright State finds scoring easier against Division II foe

Wright State is ranked in the bottom third in the nation in field-goal shooting. Coach Scott Nagy was prepared for that. He figured defense would be the Raiders’ strong suit, and they’ve usually performed well there this year. But they had no problem making buckets and generating offense in a 98-68 win over Division II Ohio Valley on Tuesday. They made 19-of-25 field goals in the first...
College Basketball: Wright State routs Ohio Valley

College Basketball: Wright State routs Ohio Valley

By Doug Harris Contributing Writer Freshman guard Jaylon Hall had 17 points off the bench to lead five players in double figures as Wright State cruised to a 98-68 win over Division-II Ohio Valley before 3,060 fans Tuesday at the Nutter Center. Freshman center Louden Love scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, while senior wing Grant Benzinger and junior wing Mark Hughes also...
Wright State Raiders return home after disappointing road loss

Wright State Raiders return home after disappointing road loss

Wright State coach Scott Nagy couldn’t find any positive aspects about his team’s performance in a blowout loss at Western Kentucky on Saturday. But even if the game was more competitive, Nagy probably still would have had trouble seeing any silver lining from that outing. »PREVIEW: Wright State set to host Ohio Valley “Generally, that’s not...
College Basketball: Wright State set to host Ohio Valley

College Basketball: Wright State set to host Ohio Valley

Who: Ohio Valley (1-3) at Wright State (4-4) When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Nutter Center Radio: 106.5-FM Series: First meeting Coaches: Scott Nagy is 24-16 in his second season at Wright State and 434-256 in 23 years overall. Mike Snell is in his 10th season at Ohio Valley. »ARCHDEACON: Raiders Wilburn not your typical college player Probable Wright State starters Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C...

College Basketball: ‘Efficient’ Hughes helping Wright State

Wright State coach Scott Nagy had hoped Mark Hughes would turn into an offensive force this year because the Raiders have so few natural scorers. But the 6-foot-3 junior wing seems more comfortable being a complementary player than a primary scorer. And given how well he performed in that role during the Wright State tournament last weekend, the Raiders will happily take that version of Hughes the...
College Basketball: Wright State Raiders seek fifth straight victory

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...
Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Well that was kind of a wild weekend.  We’ll start with the Cincinnati Bengals’ 30-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Andy Dalton had another big game against the Browns while the running game finally broke out with Joe Mixon gashing Cleveland for 114 yards on 23 carries.  He proved again he can be a difference-maker in the NFL with his combination of size, speed and general running...
Wright State holds off Fairfield, finishes own tourney unbeaten

Wright State holds off Fairfield, finishes own tourney unbeaten

Senior Justin Mitchell scored 15 of his season-high 21 points in the first half, and Wright State fought off a rally by Fairfield for a 57-56 victory on the final day of the second annual Wright State tournament Sunday. Louden Love chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Raiders went 3-0 for the second straight year in the event. They won the first two games by a combined 44 points. The Raiders...
Benzinger, Hughes lead Wright State to third straight win

Benzinger, Hughes lead Wright State to third straight win

Grant Benzinger scored 16 points and Mark Hughes added 14 points and Wright State beat Jacksonville 68-44 on Saturday on the second day of the Wright State Tournament. Justin Mitchell added 13 points and Jaylon Hall totaled 11 for Wright State (3-3) which now owns a three-game winning streak. The loss ends Jacksonville’s two-game win streak. The Raiders raced to a 20-7 lead during a stretch...
Defense, rebounding powers Wright State past Gardner-Webb

Defense, rebounding powers Wright State past Gardner-Webb

One of the first columns on the stat sheet that Wright State coach Scott Nagy zeroes in on after a game is the rebound totals. There’s a good reason for that. “I’ve coached a lot of games, and I probably can count on one hand the number of times we’ve out-rebounded somebody by 10 and lost,” said Nagy, who is in his second season at Wright State and 23rd overall. &ldquo...
Redshirt freshman Winchester an early-season bright spot for Raiders

Redshirt freshman Winchester an early-season bright spot for Raiders

Redshirt freshman forward Everett Winchester had to bulk up when he first arrived at Wright State and spent much of last year feasting on high-calorie meals, which turned out to be as enjoyable as it sounds. Though he had to stay committed to weight-lifting and conditioning, Winchester didn’t have to deny himself anything. “I don’t have a favorite meal. Anything that’s put...
Poor start to 2nd half mars Wright State win: 5 things we learned

Poor start to 2nd half mars Wright State win: 5 things we learned

Wright State found itself in an unexpected tussle with Division III Tiffin, and coach Scott Nagy had to burn a timeout when an 18-point halftime lead was swiftly whittled to eight. But if the players were bracing for a stern lecture on the sidelines, they were in for a surprise. “I didn’t call it to say anything. I called it so they could sit down and talk to each other,” Nagy said...
Winchester’s career night leads Wright State to first win

Winchester’s career night leads Wright State to first win

Freshman forward Everett Winchester led four players in double figures with a career-high 18 points as Wright State pulled away from Division-II Tiffin for a 73-49 victory Monday, its first win of the season. Senior wing Grant Benzinger had 11 points, reaching 1,000 for his career. Senior point guard Justin Mitchell, returning from a one-game suspension, had 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and...
College Basketball: WSU coach benches struggling point guard Mitchell

College Basketball: WSU coach benches struggling point guard Mitchell

Wright State coach Scott Nagy believes star point guard Justin Mitchell can get back to playing how he did last year — not trying to do too much, but scoring without forcing shots and impacting a game in a multitude of ways. But that’s not going to happen when the Raiders host Murray State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Nagy is benching Mitchell for the game after holding him out after the first...
Wright State Raiders look to keep streak intact vs. Murray State

Wright State Raiders look to keep streak intact vs. Murray State

Who: Murray State (1-1) at Wright State (0-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 4-0 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-14 in his second season at Wright State and 430-254 in 23 years overall. Matt McMahon is 34-32 in his third year at Murray State. »RELATED: Resilient RedHawks top Wright State in OT Probable Wright State starters Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Archdeacon: Injured Custer surprises Wright State teammates with visit

Archdeacon: Injured Custer surprises Wright State teammates with visit

He surprised them before their game with Miami. The Wright State basketball players were going through warm-ups when Ryan Custer appeared on the edge of the Millett Hall court wearing a green warm-up, WSU shorts, black sneakers and a grin. He would have joined their drills were it not for the wheelchair in which he was being pushed. The Raiders immediately ran over and welcomed him back. Now the team...
Wright State Insider: Recruiting dam breaks for Raiders

Wright State Insider: Recruiting dam breaks for Raiders

College basketball and football programs usually see a bump in recruiting from hiring a new coach, but that didn’t happen for Scott Nagy after coming to Wright State. Since taking over in April 2016, the only bump he experienced was the kind you get from running into a wall. “We haven’t felt like we’ve been able to gain any momentum in recruiting since we’ve been here...
College Basketball: ‘Resilient’ RedHawks top Wright State in overtime

College Basketball: ‘Resilient’ RedHawks top Wright State in overtime

Two games, two wins, two slumps snapped for the Jack Owens Era at Miami. The RedHawks’ win at Fordham on Friday was their first non-conference road win since Dec. 21, 2013, at Tennessee State. Miami’s 73-67 overtime win over Wright State on Tuesday at Millett Hall left the RedHawks 2-0 for the first time since 2011, when they opened with wins over California (Penn.) and Dayton, and 2-0...
Buoyed by Benzinger’s return, Wright State sets sights on Miami

Buoyed by Benzinger’s return, Wright State sets sights on Miami

Wright State’s Grant Benzinger didn’t know how much he’d play in the season opener Friday at Loyola after missing almost the entire preseason after hernia surgery and not rejoining the team until the final practice before the game. He figured he’d be on a minutes restriction and ease back into action. But coach Scott Nagy had bigger plans for the senior wing than that. »...
College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Miami

College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Miami

Who: Wright State at Miami When: 7 p.m. Tuesday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 980-AM, 1450-AM, 106.5-FM Series: Miami leads 19-13 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-13 in his second season at Wright State and 430-253 in 23 years overall. Jack Owens is in his first season at Miami after spending nine years as an assistant at Purdue and five at Southern Illinois. Probable Wright State starters Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr...
College Basketball: Benzinger boost not enough for Raiders

College Basketball: Benzinger boost not enough for Raiders

Wright State received an unexpected boost from Grant Benzinger and showed some moxie down the stretch, but Loyola (Ill.) withstood a furious rally to pull out an 84-80 victory Friday night. Benzinger scored a team-high 16 points before fouling out with 1:11 to go. He played 31 minutes despite missing almost the entire preseason because of hernia surgery, rejoining the team at a short practice Thursday...
7 things to know about the start of college basketball season

7 things to know about the start of college basketball season

The four-month journey to March Madness begins this weekend across the country.  Here are seven things to know about the start of college basketball season!  Anthony Grant’s first real game as the head coach at his alma mater is tonight when Ball State comes to UD Arena, which will also have a new look.  The Flyers will have a much different starting lineup and perhaps a...
Raiders short-handed to start season, but expectations still high

Raiders short-handed to start season, but expectations still high

Wright State will be playing short-handed until late December. That’s when leading returning scorer Grant Benzinger should be in peak shape again after offseason hernia surgery, and point guard Cole Gentry will be eligible after transferring. But second-year coach Scott Nagy believes the Raiders have sufficient firepower to succeed starting Friday night at Loyola (Ill.), and he’s making...
College Basketball: Mitchell helps Raiders avoid preseason upset

College Basketball: Mitchell helps Raiders avoid preseason upset

Wright State’s Justin Mitchell has said his dream goal this season is to average a triple-double. And through the first half of an exhibition at the Nutter Center, he was on his way to Russell Westbrook-like numbers. He had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, and the Raiders needed the star point guard to be in take-over-the-game mode because they were getting an unexpected tussle from...
Wright State Insider: ‘All hands on deck’ approach working for Raiders

Wright State Insider: ‘All hands on deck’ approach working for Raiders

Wright State women’s soccer coach Pat Ferguson has fielded some teams that could play a fluid style and score goals in bunches. His current squad doesn’t fit that description. “It’s not pretty, what we’re doing. I think we’re just gritty, and it’s kind of an all-hands-on-deck kind of thing. We’re getting contributions from every class,” he said...

College Basketball: Wright State women boast improved depth

Everyone connected with the Wright State women’s basketball team is pleased to see all five starters back from last year. But if Katrina Merriweather has her way, folks will be seeing a little less of them this season. The second-year coach thought the fivesome of Chelsea Welch, Lexi Smith, Emily Vogelpohl, Symone Simmons and Mackenzie Taylor logged too many minutes last season. Merriweather...
Wright State Insider: Horizon cross-country foes a bit mysterious

Wright State Insider: Horizon cross-country foes a bit mysterious

Wright State will compete in the Horizon League cross-country championships Saturday at Oakland, and both the men’s and women’s teams will be going into it somewhat blind. Not only will they be seeing the course for the first time, but they also don’t have much of a feel for how they stack up with the rest of the field. »RELATED: Welch set to spark WSU women again »RELATED...
Wright State to face coach’s son in basketball exhibition

Wright State to face coach’s son in basketball exhibition

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy knows he can count on his wife’s support at games this season, of course, but he’s not expecting her to be in his corner when his team hosts Wayne State in an exhibition in two weeks. That’s because son Tyler is a senior guard for the Division II school from Nebraska. And if Jamie Nagy is forced to choose between pulling for her husband or...
Wright State’s Welch named Horizon League preseason player of year

Wright State’s Welch named Horizon League preseason player of year

Wright State guard Chelsea Welch was named the Horizon League preseason player of the year today in a vote of coaches, media and sports information directors. The senior from Fairmont High School averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season. The last Raider to earn the league’s top preseason honor was Kim Demmings in 2014-15. »RELATED: Deeper roster a good feeling for...
Wright State senior sidelined by surgery, could miss opener

Wright State senior sidelined by surgery, could miss opener

Grant Benzinger will play a key role in the success of Wright State basketball this season, but the senior from Cincinnati might not be ready to play when the Raiders open at Loyola on Nov. 10. Benzinger underwent hernia surgery this week to repair a nagging injury that apparently flared up on a goodwill trip to China this summer. »ARCHDEACON: China trip life-changing for Benzinger “They&rsquo...
College basketball: Proven scorers, newcomers give Wright State hope

College basketball: Proven scorers, newcomers give Wright State hope

Mark Alstork has transferred to Illinois, and Steven Davis has graduated and is playing overseas. But even though that pair combined to average 34 points per game for Wright State last season, second-year coach Scott Nagy isn’t concerned about replacing their production. He knows he has proven scorers in seniors Justin Mitchell and Grant Benzinger, and he sees plenty of potential in newcomers...
Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns this week.  That not only (almost) guarantees at least one of Ohio’s NFL teams will have a win to begin October, it also opens the door to all sorts of interesting subplots thanks to the man who coaches the Browns.  Hue Jackson was honest yesterday on a conference call with Cincinnati reporters when he was asked if he thought both of...
Wright State’s Nagy hopes scandal leads to change in college hoops

Wright State’s Nagy hopes scandal leads to change in college hoops

A recruiting scandal rocked college basketball Tuesday. Four assistant coaches from major programs — Oklahoma State, Arizona, Auburn and Southern California — were arrested by the FBI. Six other people were arrested. All face charges involving bribery, conspiracy and fraud. The aftershocks continued Wednesday with Louisville putting head coach Rick Pitino...
Deeper roster ‘a good feeling’ for Wright State women’s basketball

Deeper roster ‘a good feeling’ for Wright State women’s basketball

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather has all five starters back from a team that went 25-9 last year and seized its first Horizon League regular-season title. And those veterans have looked faster, stronger and better to her during preseason workouts, which means she shouldn’t have to do much more than just turn them loose when practice starts Monday, right? Uh, not...
Wright State names new softball coach

Wright State names new softball coach

Laura Matthews is the new softball coach at Wright State University, associate athletic director Joylynn Brown announced Thursday. Matthews, a 2008 Univeristy of Dayton grad, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Wittenberg University. “We are excited to have Laura lead our softball program,” Brown said in a release. “She brings great experience and success to our team...
Wright State cross-country picking up the pace

Wright State cross-country picking up the pace

Wright State cross-country coach Rick Williamson isn’t concerned about results in September. He’s more focused on building toward the NCAA pre-nationals Oct. 14 and the Horizon League meet two weeks after that. But he doesn’t want his athletes to hold back if a victory is there for the taking, and junior Hailey Brumfield stormed to an individual title to lead the Raiders to the overall...
Wright State to open Horizon League schedule vs. UIC

Wright State to open Horizon League schedule vs. UIC

The Wright State men’s basketball team will play at least one time on national TV and possibly once more during Horizon League action, according to the conference schedule released Wednesday. The Raiders will play on either ESPN2 or ESPNU when they visit Detroit Mercy on Friday, Jan. 5. Northern Kentucky and Oakland also will play that night on one of those two networks. Wright State has another...
Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann’s openness to getting the Buckeyes and some of the best basketball programs in the state together in the future rekindled thoughts of an idea I’ve had for more than a decade. Let’s do a yearly tournament featuring colleges from around the state. To get an idea of what that might look like, I drew up a 12-team bracket this morning...
Trip to Georgia Tech highlights WSU’s non-league schedule

Trip to Georgia Tech highlights WSU’s non-league schedule

Wright State announced its non-league men’s basketball schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the home opener Nov. 18 against Murray State and a Dec. 22 road game at Georgia Tech. The Raiders will begin coach Scott Nagy’s second season with a home exhibition against Wayne State on Nov. 3. The regular season opener is Nov. 10 at Loyola (Ill.). The non-league slate features seven home games and...
WSU announces non-league basketball schedule

WSU announces non-league basketball schedule

The Wright State men’s basketball team announced its non-league schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the home opener Nov. 18 against Murray State and a Dec. 22 road game at Georgia Tech. ›› RELATED: WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball adventure The Raiders will begin Scott Nagy’s second season at the helm with a home exhibition against Wayne State on Nov. 3. The regular...
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