Wright State vs. Penn State: What to know about Tuesday’s game in Mexico


Who: Wright State (3-1) vs. Penn State (2-1)

When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 106.5-FM

Series: Penn State leads 1-0

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 48-23 in his third year at Wright State and 458-263 in 24 years overall. Patrick Chambers is 115-123 in his eighth year at Penn State and 157-151 overall.

Probable Wright State starters

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.0

Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 14.8

Loudon Love, 6-9, So., F, 16.5

Bill Wampler, 6-6, Jr., F, 16.8

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Sr., C, 5.3

Probable Penn State starters

Lamar Stevens, 6-8, Jr., F, 24.0

Myles Dread, 6-4, Fr., G, 14.3

Josh Reaves, 6-5, Sr., G, 14.3

John Harrar, 6-9, So., F, 4.3

Jamari Wheeler, 6-1, So., G, 1.7

About Wright State: The Raiders are out-rebounding foes by five per game after two consecutive strong efforts. Love is the team leader with an 8.8 average. … Nagy is pleased that his perimeter rotation is getting solidified after losing Jaylon Hall for the season. Freshman Skyelar Potter is fourth on the team in scoring (10.8) and second in rebounding (6.5). Senior Alan Vest and freshman Malachi Smith also had strong games Sunday against North Florida. “Alan was really good defensively. That was good to see. And Malachi is gaining confidence, and we’re going to need him. Without Jaylon, we don’t have another ball-handler besides Cole, and teams are just going to gang up on him and try to wear him down. We’ve got to have some other guys, and Malachi is the back-up.”

About Penn State: The Nittany Lions won the NIT last season, beating Notre Dame and Marquette along the way and Utah in the finals. … In an unofficial Big Ten preseason poll by Sports Illustrated (the league doesn’t put out an official one), Penn State was picked 10th. … Losing sophomore point guard Tony Carr to the NBA draft was a blow. He was a second-round pick by the New Orleans Pelicans but is playing now in Italy. … The Nittany Lions beat North Florida by 15, while Wright State whipped the Ospreys by 17. … Penn State has a 76-61 win over Jacksonville State and a 72-70 overtime loss at DePaul. … Stevens is averaging 10.3 rebounds, but the team is getting out-rebounded by four per game and shooting only 42.2 percent from the field and 33.7 on 3’s. … Rasir Bolton, a 6-2 freshman guard, is averaging 12.7 points off the bench. … The last time the two teams met, Penn State won at home, 72-50, and held Wright State to 24-percent shooting.

Coming up: The winner of Wright-State-Penn State game will play the Bradley-SMU winner at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, while the losers meet at 6 p.m. The Raiders play next at home against Cedarville at 7 p.m. Tuesday.



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