Raiders to face Milwaukee team that has their number in semifinals

The Wright State Raiders are 40 minutes away from their fourth Horizon League championship game in six seasons, but to get there they will have to go through a team that swept them in the regular season.

Second-seeded WSU (23-9) will face No. 6 Milwaukee in the semifinials tonight at 9:30. The Panthers upset No. 3 UIC 80-75 Sunday night.

›› ARCHDEACON: Defensive-minded Raiders two wins from NCAA tournament

Milwaukee (16-16) beat the Raiders 66-61 at home Jan. 20, then the Panthers came into the Nutter Center on Feb. 10 and registered a 74-73 triumph .

Milwaukee led that second game by 17 with 8:02 remaining before Wright State rallied to within one and had the ball at the end of the game. But Grant Benzinger missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter

The Panthers, who advanced to the HL championship game last year as the 10 seed, are 3-3 in their last six games, five of which were decided by five or fewer points.

They rank ninth in the league in scoring offense (68.2) and third in scoring defense (68.9).

Junior guard Jeremiah Bell, a second team all-league pick, leads Milwaukee in scoring at 13.9 points per game, while junior guard Brock Stull averages 13.4.

Stull scored a season-high 25 in Sunday’s win against UIC.

›› Raiders open HL tourney with record-setting perrformances

This will be the first time Milwaukee and Wright State have squared off in the Horizon League tournament since the Panthers won the 2014 championship game 69-63 at the Nutter Center.

No. 4 Oakland will face No. 8 Cleveland State in tonight’s first semifinal.

The championship game is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Like Jay Morrison on Facebook

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

HS Roundup 9/19: Miami East girls golf team has record day

Two school records were set for the Miami East girls golf team in a 183-237 win versus Tri-Village on Wednesday. Paige Lawson posted a 38 to lead the way, setting a new individual low for East. Kearsten Kirby added a 44, Maci Krites a 48 and Marissa Kearns a 53. The 183 team score also marked a school record. Boys Soccer Bellefontaine 7, Indian Lake...
HS Results 9/19: Bellefontaine, Ben Logan, Northwestern win by shutout

Boys Soccer Wednesday’s Results Bellefontaine 7, Indian Lake 0 Benjamin Logan 1, Shawnee 0 Northwestern 1, Tecumseh 0 Urbana 2, Jonathan Alder 1 Tuesday’s Results Alter 0, Fenwick 0 Beavercreek 4, Northmont 0 Bellbrook 1, Eaton 1 Butler 8, Greenville 1 Centerville 2, Springboro 0 Colerain 1, Oak Hills 1 Dayton Christian 5, Bethel 1 Fairfield...
Cincinnati Bengals off to strong start, but injuries piling up
Cincinnati Bengals off to strong start, but injuries piling up

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to about as good of a start as they could hope for in terms of the results, but the same cannot be said for the health of the team. Cincinnati (2-0) travels to face the Carolina Panthers (1-1) on Sunday and will be using some backups at key positions in an offense that has been rolling through the first two games. »...
Week 4 area high school football passing leaders
Week 4 area high school football passing leaders

The following are area high school football passing leaders through Week 4. Southwest Ohio Conference: Connor Kinnett, jr., Harrison, 57 of 100 passing (57.0 percent), 1,040 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INT. Midwest Athletic Conference: Jake Hemmelgarn, jr., Coldwater, 77 of 102 passing (75.5 percent), 990 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs. Central Buckeye Conference: Chris...
Ryan Day to receive hefty one-time payment for serving as interim Ohio State football coach
Ryan Day to receive hefty one-time payment for serving as interim Ohio State football coach

How much is navigating a top five team through preseason and to a 3-0 start worth?  Nearly half a million dollars.  According to a letter released by the university Wednesday, Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will be paid $487,000 for serving as interim head coach in Urban Meyer’s absence.  »...
More Stories