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Wright State Raiders


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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Defense, outside shooting key in road win for Raiders

Defense, outside shooting key in road win for Raiders

Wright State came up big on the road on Sunday at Kent State. Parlaying a sizzling 3-point shooting performance with stout defense, the Raiders overcame 18 turnovers to beat the Golden Flashes 68-63 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. WSU hit 12-of-25 3-point attempts and held Kent State to 34.4 percent shooting, including 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from 3-point range, to improve to 8-4....
Tom Archdeacon: Former Wright State swimmer receives long-awaited gift

Tom Archdeacon: Former Wright State swimmer receives long-awaited gift

She sat in the living room of their 1849 farm house that is encircled by woods on a narrow, curving road just a little northeast of St. Paris. On the walls above her hung 11 antlered deer heads, a pheasant, a mounted bass, a walleye and the fanned tail feathers of a wild turkey. In a nearby room were everything from a bear standing on its hind legs to the heads of a bison, a wild pig, more deer and...
Wright State overwhelms Division II Urbana

Wright State overwhelms Division II Urbana

Urbana University is testing itself against superior competition by scheduling three exhibitions with Division I foes, though the games count for its opponents. The Blue Knights have been pleased with the strides they’re making, having already surpassed last year’s win total, but they’re ending up battered and bruised when they venture out of Division II. Wright State rolled to an...
College Basketball Preview: Urbana at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: Urbana at Wright State

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM Probable Wright State starters Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; 13.9 Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 20.7 Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 10.3 Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 13.5 Mike La Tulip 6-1; Sr.; G; 8.0 Probable Urbana starters Carlas Jackson 6-4; Jr.; G; 16.0 Ethan Snapp 6-0; Fr.; G; 6.3 Demetrius Carr 5-9; So.; G; 8.0 Jimmy Weinke 6-1; Fr...
Alstork trying to take positive attitude to court for Raiders

Alstork trying to take positive attitude to court for Raiders

Mark Alstork is leading Wright State in points per game. That part has come easily. But the junior guard wants to have the same production over the remaining two-thirds of the season while also keeping an upbeat attitude. That’s going to require some work. The 6-foot-5 junior guard is a fierce competitor who tends to scowl more than he smiles, and he can become flustered when things aren&rsquo...

WSU shoots 24 percent in loss to Penn State

First-year Wright State coach Scott Nagy minced no words in the wake of his team’s 72-50 loss at Penn State on Saturday. “I’ve coached a long time and I’m pretty sure that’s the worst offensive output I’ve ever seen in 22 years,” said Nagy, who spent 21 seasons coaching South Dakota State before taking over the Raiders. WSU made 16 of 66 field-goal attemtps...
Wright State looking for Hughes to step up

Wright State looking for Hughes to step up

Wright State coach Scott Nagy has been pleading for greater production from his reserves — at least more than they provided in a loss at Georgia State this week when the trio of Mark Hughes, Parker Ernsthausen and Ryan Custer combined for just one point. Nagy could excuse Custer’s paltry contributions on the road, given that he’s a freshman. And Ernsthausen was issued a pass because...
Preview: Wright State (6-2) at Penn State (3-2)

Preview: Wright State (6-2) at Penn State (3-2)

When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. TV/Radio: BTN-plus, 106.5-FM Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; 15.5 Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 22.4 Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 10.4 Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 14.9 Mike La Tulip 6-1; Sr.; G; 9.0 Shep Garner 6-2; Jr.; G; 14.6 Tony Carr 6-3; Fr.; G; 13.0 Lamar Stevens 6-7; Fr.; F; 12.5 Mike Watkins 6-9; Fr.; F; 9.9 Payton Banks 6-6; Jr...
Wright State getting payday, hopes to add win

Wright State getting payday, hopes to add win

First-year Wright State coach Scott Nagy has the same challenge with his schedule that other mid-major programs face — having to go on the road for guaranteed paydays against teams you’re not supposed to beat. But the difference between Nagy and most of his peers is that he believes the plusses outweigh the minuses. The Raiders have three “buy” games this season, including...

Wright State (6-1) at Georgia State (3-2)

When: 7 p.m. today Where: GSU Sports Arena TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; 16.0 Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 22.9 Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 11.3 Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 12.4 Mike La Tulip 6-1; Sr.; G; 9.4 Jeremy Hollowell 6-8; Sr.; F; 14.6 Willie Clayton 6-8; Sr.; F; 7.6 Isaiah Dennis 6-0; Sr.; G; 5.4 D’Marcus Simonds 6-3; Fr.; G; 11.6 Jeff Thomas 6-5; So.; G; 7.8 Series...

Alstork looking to lead Wright State without overdoing it

Even while Mark Alstork was leading the nation in scoring, Wright State coach Scott Nagy was trying to convince his junior guard to dial down the offensive production. Nagy’s rationale was that relying so much on one player isn’t a long-term formula for success. That was evident during Alstork’s brilliant 39-point game against Toledo. He went 15-for-25 from the field, yet the Raiders...
Wright State beats North Florida for three straight wins in home event

Wright State beats North Florida for three straight wins in home event

Wright State coach Scott Nagy wants to temper expectations after sweeping three games against quality foes in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic — especially with what’s looming over the next six weeks. But the Raiders improved to 6-1 after a 75-67 victory over North Florida before 2,975 fans Sunday. It’s their best seven-game start since also going 6-1 in 2000-2001. “It...
5 things to know about Wright State’s win over Ohio Dominican

5 things to know about Wright State’s win over Ohio Dominican

When Wright State coach Scott Nagy filled up a grease board in the locker room with his pre-game points of emphasis, none of the players were surprised that his checklist all centered around defense. The Raiders had been getting torched by opponents, who averaged 83.3 points while shooting 51.7 percent through three games. “We’ve been one of the worst teams in the country defensively....
College Basketball Preview: Toledo at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: Toledo at Wright State

When: 7 p.m. today Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; 21.0 Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 29.5 Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 11.5 Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 8.0 Mike La Tulip 6-1; Sr.; G; 8.0 Steven Taylor Jr. 6-9; Sr.; F; 18.0 Jonathan Williams 6-3; Sr.; G; 21.5 Daniel Dzierzawski 6-0; Jr.; G; 16.0 Jaelan Sanford 6-0; So.; G; 8.0 Jordan Lauf 6-5; Sr.; G; 11.0 Series...
Wright State guard recalls friendship with Dayton’s Steve McElvene

Wright State guard recalls friendship with Dayton’s Steve McElvene

Wright State point guard Justin Mitchell grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was a childhood friend of Steve McElvene, the Dayton center who died tragically last spring and left so much promise in basketball and life unfulfilled. Mitchell had gotten a call from Indiana guard James Blackmon that McElvene had passed away. After checking with a mutual friend to confirm it, Mitchell took the news hard. &ldquo...
WSU’s Mark Alstork honored by Horizon League

WSU’s Mark Alstork honored by Horizon League

Mark Alstork’s big opening game of the season has earned the Wright State guard the Horizon League player of the week. A junior from Thurgood Marshall, Alstork scored 30 points as the Raiders beat Southern Illinois 85-81 on Friday night. He also had four assists, two rebounds and a steal while hitting four 3-pointers.

Wright State men’s basketball adds recruit

The Wright State men’s basketball team added another recruit Thursday when it received a national letter of intent from 6-foot shooting guard Tyler Mitchell. As a junior at Kings High School, Mitchell averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds while leading the Knights to the Eastern Cincinnati Conference championship and winning the Player of the Year award. “We are very fortunate...
Davis looking to lift Wright State

Davis looking to lift Wright State

After missing one full season and half of another because of injuries, Steven Davis could barely contain his glee over getting to suit up again for Wright State during an exhibition last week against Cedarville. When he threw down a fastbreak dunk, he waved his arms and cupped a hand to his ear to signal for more noise while he ran down the floor. And fans can expect more displays like that from the...
College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Southern Illinois

College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Southern Illinois

When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Carbondale, Ill. TV/Radio: 106.5-FM Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 12.4* Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 3.2 Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 7.6 Mike La Tulip 6-1; Sr.; G; DNP Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; DNP Leo Vincent 6-1; Sr.; G; 8.1* Sean O’Brien 6-7; Sr.; F; 12.1 Armen Fletcher 6-4; So.; G; 5.1 Aaron Cook 6-1; Fr.; G; DNP Thik Bol 6-8; Jr.; F; DNP *2015-16 averages Series...
College Basketball: Wright State races to easy exhibition win

College Basketball: Wright State races to easy exhibition win

Wright State players still have some kinks to work out in picking up first-year coach Scott Nagy’s up-tempo style, but they’ve clearly bought into a system that features plenty of quick-strike offense. They jumped out to a 9-0 lead and scored 32 points in the first 10 minutes on their way to an 88-62 exhibition win Wednesday over Division-II Cedarville at the Nutter Center. They scored...

Wright State picked fifth, Alstork earns second-team nod

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy spent the last 21 years at South Dakota State in the Summit League and hasn’t been too impressed with the success rate of preseason polls. It might have something to do with how seriously voters take them. “One year, we had a team picked sixth that won it. They’re never right,” he said. “Most people are just throwing balls in the...
Alstork honored as Raiders picked fifth in Horizon League poll

Alstork honored as Raiders picked fifth in Horizon League poll

Wright State will head into new coach Scott Nagy’s first season as the No. 5 team in the Horizon League. That is according to a poll of conference coaches, media and sports information directors released Thursday. Valparaiso is the league preseason favorite followed by Oakland, Green Bay and UIC. The Crusaders received 35 of 39 first-place votes. Mark Alstork, a junior guard from Thurgood Marshall...

Horizon League Tournament Scoreboard

GameZone scoreboard for the Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament.
Wright State moving Alstork to point guard

Wright State moving Alstork to point guard

To prepare for his new gig as Wright State’s point guard, Mark Alstork sought input from friends who have had some history at the position. One was Norris Cole, a Dayton native playing in the NBA. Joe Thomasson and Biggie Minnis, who ran the show for the Raiders last season, were valuable resources, too. They all had the same message, and Alstork has taken it to heart: Be yourself. “I&rsquo...
Wright State announces full women’s basketball slate

Wright State announces full women’s basketball slate

The Wright State women’s basketball team will begin Horizon League play in the land of cheese this season. First up for the Raiders is a game at Milwaukee on Dec. 29. Two days later, they will play at Green Bay. The first home game in league play will be Jan. 5 against Youngstown State. On Jan. 7, the Raiders will host Cleveland State for a 4:30 Saturday afternoon matinee. After four straight...
Wright State to begin Horizon League on the road

Wright State to begin Horizon League on the road

Wright State’s full basketball schedule is out. After an exhibition game at home against Cedarville on Nov. 2, the Raiders will open the season at Southern Illinois on Nov. 11, although that was previously announced. On Wednesday the Horizon League announced the conference schedule for each team via social media. In their first season under head coach Scott Nagy, the Raiders will begin conference...
Ray Loeser hired as Wright State softball coach

Ray Loeser hired as Wright State softball coach

Ray Loeser is the new softball coach at Wright State. The school announced the hiring of the Mississippi State graduate this week. He comes from the University of Charleston, where he led the Golden Eagles to a school-record 50 wins last season. They advanced to the College World Series in Division II. His teams went 184-84 during five seasons at UC. “As for now, WSU has a solid nucleus that...
ESPN’s Chris Broussard to speak at season-opening event at Wright State

ESPN’s Chris Broussard to speak at season-opening event at Wright State

Wright State will start the basketball season with some star power via ESPN. Chris Broussard, an analyst for the sports network, will be the feature speaker at the second annual Raider Tip-Off Premiere on Oct. 6 at the Nutter Center. Acting as a launch event for the season, the premiere will include a dinner and silent auction along with introductions of the men’s and women’s basketball...
Raiders expected to be strong on the pitch again

Raiders expected to be strong on the pitch again

Wright State is the co-favorite for the Horizon League men’s soccer title this fall. The Raiders and Oakland both received three first-place votes in a poll of league coaches released Thursday. “It’s always nice to be recognized as a program,” WSU head coach Bryan Davis said in a release. “It is a great testament to the work of my boys and the staff.” After WSU...
Wright State nonconference foes revealed; Raiders to open on road

Wright State nonconference foes revealed; Raiders to open on road

The Scott Nagy era at Wright State officially will begin on the road. The Raiders announced Tuesday their nonconference schedule, including the season-opener at Southern Illinois on Nov. 11. Wright State will play its home-opening contest Nov. 15 against Miami (Ohio) before playing host to Toledo four days later. RELATED: WSU basketball learning to play fast, not furious Nov. 21-27 the Raiders will...
Former Wright State pitcher Joe Smith traded to Chicago Cubs

Former Wright State pitcher Joe Smith traded to Chicago Cubs

Former Wright State Raiders pitcher Joe Smith was traded from the Anaheim Angels to the Chicago Cubs on Monday just before the trade deadline. Smith, 32, was 1-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 38 appearances for the Angels. This was his third season with the Angels. He debuted with the New York Mets in 2007 and pitched with the Cleveland Indians from 2009-2013. Smith, a graduate of Amelia High School east of...
New NCAA social media rules change game in recruiting

New NCAA social media rules change game in recruiting

College coaches across the nation began taking advantage of new NCAA rules regarding social media early Monday morning. Beginning at midnight, coaches could like and share posts by recruits on social media apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. However, coaches are not allowed to comment on posts or tag or mention recruits in posts. In short, the NCAA allows coaches to take actions on social...
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