- By Jay Morrison Staff Writer
Who: Cleveland State (8-21, 5-11) vs Wright State (20-8, 12-3)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Nutter Center
Probable Wright State starters
Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.0
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9
Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.5
Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6
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Probable Cleveland State starters
Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6
Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9
Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6
Anthony Wright, 6-7, Sr., G, 8.1
Stefan Kenic, 6-9, Fr., F, 8.5
Series history: Wright State leads 35-34.
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 41-19 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 450-259. Dennis Felton is 8-21 in his first season at Cleveland State and 192-166 in 12 seasons overall.
Last games: Wright State beat Northern Kentucky 69-67Friday night. Cleveland State lost 82-66 to visiting Oakland on Friday.
About Wright State: WSU is tied with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Horizon League. … the Raiders are 13-2 at the Nutter Center and can tie the Division I school record for home wins in a season with a victory against CSU (seven other teams in program history have recorded 14 home wins, most recently in 2010-11). … WSU also can tie the record for league wins in a season (13-3 in 2007; 13-5 in 2015). … And a victory will assure the Raiders of no worse than the No. 3 seed in the HL tournament. … Love is 33 rebounds shy of the single-season school record of 305 set by Thad Burton in 1997-98. … The three 3-pointers WSU made Friday against NKU were the team’s fewest since Nov. 26 in a 57-56 victory against Fairfield. … The Raiders have committed a season-low eight turnovers in each of their last two games. … WSU has a 92 percent chance of winning according to KemPom.com, which predicts a final score of 75-60.
About Cleveland State: The Vikings are 3-3 in their last six games after starting the season 5-18. … The Vikings rank 10th in the HL in scoring offense (68.2) and seventh in scoring defense (75.1). … CSU tied a school-record with 14 3-pointers in its 77-74 win against the Raiders on Feb. 1, including a 60-footer by Carpenter at the halftime buzzer (the 14 3-pointers also tied the WSU record for most allowed). … The 733 3-pointers the Vikings have attempted are the most in the HL. … CSU has made at least one 3-pointer in a school-record 626 consecutive games, and the Vikings have made at least three treys in their last 175 games. … Sophomore guard Evan Clayborne is a Thurgood Marshall graduate averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games. … CSU is 323rd out of 351 Division I teams in the Pomeroy ratings.
Next game: Wright State will play at IUPUI at 11 a.m. Friday as part of the host school’s “Readers Are Leaders” day for area third graders.