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Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Joey Votto proved again he is the greatest by not only saying a bunch of cool stuff but waiting until Monday to do it so it wouldn’t get lost over a three-day weekend.  The Cincinnati Reds first baseman sounded like one part fan, one part player, one part owner and all wise man in his first comments of this season.  Joey Votto on current state of Reds: “Something has to...
Looking at Wright State’s possible paths to a championship

Looking at Wright State’s possible paths to a championship

Wright State set up a final-weekend showdown in the Horizon League by rallying from an eight-point deficit in the second half Monday night to beat Cleveland State 72-63. The Raiders remain tied with Northern Kentucky, which beat Youngstown State, for first place with two games remaining, while UIC, which beat Detroit Mercy, is just a game back. And the Flames, the hottest team in the...
Raiders hold off CSU behind Benzinger’s big Senior Night

Raiders hold off CSU behind Benzinger’s big Senior Night

Wright State said goodbye to seniors Grant Benzinger and Trey Stacey on Monday night. The Raiders can only hope the game marked a final farewell in 2018 to Cleveland State, a struggling group that looked for most of the night as though it was going to pull off a second consecutive upset against the Horizon League’s top team. Despite playing without freshman point guard and second leading scorer...
Merriweather disappointed in effort as Vikings whip lethargic Raiders

Merriweather disappointed in effort as Vikings whip lethargic Raiders

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather said she was stunned by what she saw Monday night, and she wasn’t looking at the scoreboard, although she wasn’t pleased by what she saw there either. Cleveland State came to the Nutter Center on Monday and jumped the lethargic Raiders from the outset, leading by as many as 19 before registering a 70-63 victory. “It&rsquo...
Wright State’s Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week honor

Wright State’s Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week honor

The Loudon Love award train keeps on rolling with Monday’s announcement the Wright State center is the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season. Love led the Raiders to a 69-67 victory against Northern Kentucky on Friday to move WSU back into a first-place tie with the Norse. ›› Benzinger to hit the Nutter Center floor one more time Monday night His...
Wright State’s Benzinger to hit Nutter Center floor one last time

Wright State’s Benzinger to hit Nutter Center floor one last time

The courtside seating at the Nutter Center is about to get a lot safer, but first Grant Benzinger has one more game to play there when the Raiders take on Cleveland State for Senior Night on Monday. Known for his hustle and blatant disregard for his body as much as his sharp shooting, Benzinger has dropped more than just sweat on the home hardwood during his four years at Wright State. A lot of skin...
Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Who: Cleveland State (8-21, 5-11) vs Wright State (20-8, 12-3) When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 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 Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6 Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9 Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6...
Archdeacon: WSU’s Custer, La Tulip share unbreakable bond

Archdeacon: WSU’s Custer, La Tulip share unbreakable bond

ESPN missed the boat. During Friday night’s broadcast of Wright State’s gripping 69-67 victory over Northern Kentucky at the Nutter Center, ESPN twice sent a crew over to Ryan Custer, who was in a green sweatshirt, black shorts and a wheelchair at the end of the Raiders’ bench. They fitted the WSU sophomore with a headset and a microphone, set a camera up in front of him and had...
5 things to know about Wright State’s win vs. NKU

5 things to know about Wright State’s win vs. NKU

As the leading rebounder in the Horizon League, Wright State freshman Loudon Love knows a little something about grabbing control. Such as, if you loosen your grip for a second, that control can disappear. That will be the message for the Raiders after they regained control of the top spot in the HL with a 69-67 triumph of Northern Kentuckyon Friday night. “High-emotion game, huge crowd...
Ernsthausen shows (and covers) heart in win vs. NKU

Ernsthausen shows (and covers) heart in win vs. NKU

Wright State coach Scott Nagy spent the week preaching a one-word theme ahead of his team’s showdown against Northern Kentucky: Courage. And junior forward Parker Ernsthausen literally took the message to heart. Playing with a protective chest pad after suffering a sternum contusion in last Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ernsthausen turned in one of the most physical and productive...
Don’t look now: Wright State is for real

Don’t look now: Wright State is for real

Did the Wright State pep band know something the rest of us didn’t before the Raiders took on Northern Kentucky on Friday night?  Dropped nicely into their pregame repertoire was a Michael Jackson classic that could have doubled as theme song for the game 7,205 fans were about to see.  Yes, the Raiders 69-67 win over the Norse, which left the teams tied for first place in the Horizon...
Wright State back in 1st place in Horizon after 69-67 win over NKU

Wright State back in 1st place in Horizon after 69-67 win over NKU

Wright State beat Northern Kentucky 69-67 on Friday night at the Nutter Center to move back into a first-place tie atop the Horizon League. Loudon Love scored 15 points to lead the Raiders (20-8, 12-3) while Tyler Sharpe had 16 for the Norse (19-8, 12-3). »PHOTOS: Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky The Raiders led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Norse got within a point on Jordan...
Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

For the second time this season, Penn State basketball made Ohio State basketball look bad.  This is a strange sentence anytime but particularly so this season of resurgence for the Buckeyes.  That’s not to say Penn State is not a quality team. The Nittany Lions should make the NCAA tournament if they can win just another game or two between now and Selection Sunday.  Ohio...
Wright State vs. NKU: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Wright State vs. NKU: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Who: Northern Kentucky (19-7, 12-2) vs Wright State (19-8, 11-3) When: 9 p.m. Friday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPNU/106.5 Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.4 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.7 ›› WSU vs. NKU: They all count the same, except this one Probable...
Wright State vs. NKU: They all count the same, except this one

Wright State vs. NKU: They all count the same, except this one

The message Wright State coach Scott Nagy and his staff have been trying to get across to the players all week is that Friday night’s showdown against Northern Kentucky is just another game and they all count the same. And factually, that is true. But technically, tonight’s nationally televised game against the defending champion Norse could be worth 1.5 wins. That’s because Wright...
WSU baseball team loaded with talent, confidence

WSU baseball team loaded with talent, confidence

Many coaches tend to downplay preseason polls, but not Jeff Mercer. Beginning his second season at the helm of the Wright State baseball program, Mercer said his Raiders not only are excited about being the unanimous choice to win the Horizon League, they are deserving of it. “It’s obviously a testament to the teams that were here before, but we’re very good,” Mercer said...
What should the NCAA do about its transfer rules?

What should the NCAA do about its transfer rules?

NCAA transfer rules are going to change.  Exactly how and how much is still being determined.  That was announced this week by the Division I Transfer Working Group, which met Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis and now is seeking feedback on the types of changes that could be implemented.  Two things are certain: The graduate-transfer rule is not going away, and some restrictions will...
Freshman Hall emerging as a force for Wright State

Freshman Hall emerging as a force for Wright State

As disappointing as it was for Wright State to fall out of first place for the first time with a 74-73 loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, things could have been worse last week. Two days prior the Raiders had to rally from 11 down against Wisconsin-Green Bay, and they needed a huge play from freshman Jaylon Hall in the final seconds to close out a 68-64 win. The Phoenix were down by two points...
College basketball in Ohio is better than your state this year

College basketball in Ohio is better than your state this year

Apparently this is a pretty good year to be a college basketball team in Ohio.  Dayton Flyers fans might disagree, but the overall results can’t be argued up to this point in the season.  Ohio State leads the Big Ten at 13-1.  Xavier is on top in the Big East, half a game ahead of Villanova at 11-2.  Cincinnati (13-0) leads the American Athletic Conference by a whopping three...
Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week award

Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week award

For the sixth time this season, Wright State center Loudon Love is the recipient of the Horizon League Freshman of the Week award. Love turned in one of his best games of the season in Saturday’s 74-73 loss to Milwaukee , tallying 20 points and career-high 19 rebounds. ›› RELATED: Chelsea Welch named HL Player of the Week It was the 11th double-double...
Welch wins HL Player of the Week award

Welch wins HL Player of the Week award

Wright State senior guard Chelsea Welch has named the Horizon League Player of the Week. Welch, a Fairmont High School graduate, led the HL with 23.5 points per game last week to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a pair of home wins against Detroit Mercy and Oakland. She had 30 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in Saturday’s 80-75 triumph of the Grizzlies...
Sports Today: Flyers fall in all-too-familiar fashion

Sports Today: Flyers fall in all-too-familiar fashion

Sometimes weird stuff happens during a basketball season.  Like Wright State being swept by Milwaukee.  Or Dayton blowing out VCU only to look like it would be blown out by VCU then nearly beating the Rams in overtime but losing anyway.  (Or Ohio State contending for the Big Ten championship, but we’ll get to that later.)  Of course, Wright State has established a winning...
Milwaukee knocks Wright State out of first place

Milwaukee knocks Wright State out of first place

For the first time since Horizon League play began, Wright State is not in first place. Milwaukee, which came into the Nutter Center with the worst 3-point percentage in the league, hit 10 of its first 14 treys on the way to a 74-73 victory Saturday night. And while WSU was slipping to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in the HL, Northern Kentucky was beating visiting Green Bay 86-80 to take over sole possession...
Welch overcomes slow start to lead WSU women to win

Welch overcomes slow start to lead WSU women to win

Chelsea Welch missed all 11 shots she took in the first half Saturday, and she still finished with 30 points to help Wright State hold off Oakland at the Nutter Center. The Grizzlies sliced a 22-point second-half deficit to one, but a Welch three-point play stopped the skid and the Raiders went on to post an 80-75 victory. “You gotta keep shooting,” the senior guard said of her halftime...
Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Milwaukee (13-14, 6-8) vs Wright State (19-7, 11-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.2 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.9 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.2 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 10.2 ›› Latest Bracketology has WSU facing a local foe Probable Milwaukee...
Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Let’s see how much ground we can cover today after a busy week for sports in the Miami Valley.  Going by the Facebook comments on my Dayton Flyers basketball column yesterday, fans are far from panicking about the struggles of Anthony Grant’s first season as coach at his alma mater.  One pointed out the loss of four starters from last season and the continuing effect of the sad...
College Basketball: Wright State survives Green Bay

College Basketball: Wright State survives Green Bay

Grant Benzinger waited more than 27 minutes to score his first points Thursday night, then he caught fire to rally Wright State from an 11-point deficit for a 68-64 victory against Green Bay the Nutter Center. After missing his first five shots, Benzinger hit his next five, including three 3-pointers, to put the Raiders (19-7 overall, 11-2 Horizon League) in front. Then with the game tied 58-58 with...
WSU women whip Detroit Mercy with balanced effort

WSU women whip Detroit Mercy with balanced effort

The frustration from a rough five-game stretch disappeared in a five-minute span Thursday night for the Wright State women. Losers of four of their last five games, the Raiders went on a 26-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half to separate from Detroit Mercy on the way to an 85-55 rout at the Nutter Center. “This feels much better, that’s for sure,” WSU coach Katrina...
NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Wright State facing Southwest Ohio foe?

NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Wright State facing Southwest Ohio foe?

ESPN Bracketologist Joel Lunardi has released a new bracket Thursday after three top-10 teams lost Wednesday night, and he has Wright State sliding into the Nashville region to take on a local foe. Lunardi has the Raiders seeded 15th and paired against No. 2 Cincinnati in the first round. ›› WSU goes for season sweep of Phoenix on Thursday If that were to...
WSU unanimous pick to win HL baseball title

WSU unanimous pick to win HL baseball title

The Wright State baseball team is the unanimous choice to win the Horizon League title this season, garnering all six first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll, which was released Wednesday. WSU returns four all-league players from last year’s team, which fell one game short of winning a third consecutive regular-season title. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter Among the top returners for...
Wright State seeks season sweep of struggling Phoenix

Wright State seeks season sweep of struggling Phoenix

The margin of victory may not have been the largest, but Wright State turned in one of its most thorough performances three weeks ago in an 80-67 victory at Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Raiders raced out to a 12-2 lead to eventually lead by 23, which at the time was their largest lead in Horizon League play. And that game remains one of only two this season in which Wright State never trailed, with the...
Wright State vs. Green Bay: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Wright State vs. Green Bay: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Who: Green Bay (10-16, 5-8) vs Wright State (18-7, 10-2) When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports Channel, ESPN3/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.2 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.9 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.2 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 10.2 Khalil Small, 6-2, Sr., G, 17.8 Sandy Cohen, 6-6, Jr., G, 13.7 PJ Pipes, 6-2, Fr...
See where the bracket experts have Wright State slotted

See where the bracket experts have Wright State slotted

While Wright State lost sole possession of first place in the Horizon League with Thursday night’s loss at Cleveland State, the Raiders are still the team holding the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in the eyes of the bracket experts. That’s because WSU (18-7 overall, 10-2 HL) owns a head-to-head victory against Northern Kentucky, the team with which it is tied atop...
5 things to know about Wright’s State’s weekend in NE Ohio

5 things to know about Wright’s State’s weekend in NE Ohio

Wright State lost sole possession of first place in the Horizon League with a 77-74 loss at Cleveland State on Thursday, but the Raiders still control their own destiny for a regular-season title after walloping Youngstown State 83-57 on Saturday. WSU (18-7, 10-2 HL) is tied with Northern Kentucky, but the Raiders already own one victory against the Norse and can complete the season sweep...
Wright State defense dominates Penguins in rout

Wright State defense dominates Penguins in rout

It wasn’t immediate, but it was eventually emphatic. Needing an answer for Thursday’s letdown at last-place Cleveland State, Wright State played a sloppy first four minutes before surging past host Youngstown State for a 83-57 victory Saturday night at the Beeghly Center. ›› Wright State falls at last-place Cleveland State The win kept the Raiders (18-9 overall, 10-2 Horizon...
Wright State to face Penguins without Winchester

Wright State to face Penguins without Winchester

Wright State will try to avoid a repeat of Thursday’s letdown when the team plays at Youngstown State on Saturday, but at least one thing is certain to be the same: Freshman forward Everett Winchester will not play due to a head injury suffered a week ago against Detroit. “We’ve already been told we won’t have him,” WSU coach Scott Nagy said following ...
Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Wright State (17-7, 9-2) at Youngstown State (6-18, 4-7) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Beeghly Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.2 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.8 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.5 ›› ARCHDEACON: Love celebrates mom’s birthday in style Probable...
Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

So, who’s gonna win the Super Bowl?  I am going with the Eagles over the Patriots.  Is that to go against the grain?  Maybe a little bit, but this feels like it is leading up to a classic upset in the making.  Obviously, New England has the best coach in NFL history and the ultimate trump card in Tom Brady.  They proved again last season they can overcome almost anything...
WSU falls at last-place Cleveland State

WSU falls at last-place Cleveland State

Wright State has company atop the Horizon League standings after an uprising from struggling Cleveland State. The last-place Vikings tied a school record with 14 3-pointers, including Kenny Carpenter’s buzzer-beating 60-footer at the end of the first half, to stun the Raiders 77-74 Thursday night at the Wolstein Center. Northern Kentucky beat Youngstown State 95-85 to move into a first-place...
Sports Today: Raiders begin two-game swing in NE Ohio

Sports Today: Raiders begin two-game swing in NE Ohio

Looks like winning is a habit the Dayton women’s basketball team just can’t break.  The Flyers passed their toughest test yet Wednesday night, downing Duquesne 79-70 at the arena to take sole possession of first place.  Dayton is 10-0 in league play while the Dukes fell to 8-1.  UD has won 10 games in a row while pursuing a second straight Atlantic 10 title.  If the...
WSU dialing up defense to maintain lead in HL

WSU dialing up defense to maintain lead in HL

After giving up 81 points in back-to-back road wins a few weeks ago, Wright State has dialed up the defense to secure its hold on first place in the Horizon League. The Raiders (17-6, 9-1 HL) head to last-place Cleveland State (5-18, 2-8) on Thursday having held opponents to 67 or fewer points in five consecutive games. The last time that happened was 2015. “We’ve had some inexperienced...
WSU vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

WSU vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Who: Wright State (17-6, 9-1) at Cleveland State (5-18, 2-8) When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Wolstein Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.2 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.8 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.5 Stefan Kenic, 6-9, Fr., F, 8.5 Jamarcus Hairston, 6-8, Sr., F, 5.0 Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6 Tyree...
Sports Today: Wright State back alone on top while Flyers’ fortunes sink further

Sports Today: Wright State back alone on top while Flyers’ fortunes sink further

Should we start with the good news or the bad?  OK, on the positive side: The Wright State Raiders are back alone in first place in the Horizon League after downing preseason favorite Oakland at the Nutter Center on Sunday.  Scott Nagy’s club pretty much controlled this on the whole way with Loudon Love dominating inside again and Mark Hughes and Everett Winchester combining to...
Love, Hall drop hammer on Oakland as WSU stays in first

Love, Hall drop hammer on Oakland as WSU stays in first

Wright State freshman Jaylon Hall needed just 33 seconds to extinguish whatever energy remained for an Oakland Grizzlies team playing its fourth consecutive road game. After Oakland sliced a 16-point deficit to seven a few minutes into the second half, Hall scored five points on back-to-back possessions to push the lead back to double digits, and that’s where it stayed as the Raiders clamped...
Rested Raiders ready for big game vs. Oakland

Rested Raiders ready for big game vs. Oakland

While Oakland and Northern Kentucky were preparing to play a key game Friday night in the battle to keep pace with first-place Wright State, most of the Raiders starters were already relaxing on the bench, watching the final minutes tick away in an 87-55 rout of Detroit. The victory kept WSU (16-6, 8-1 Horizon League) atop the league standings, and the Raiders are hoping the ease with which it...
Wright State vs. Oakland: Everything you need to know for Sunday’s game

Wright State vs. Oakland: Everything you need to know for Sunday’s game

Who: Oakland (14-8, 6-3) vs. Wright State (16-6, 8-1) When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.7 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.7 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.5 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6 Kendrick Nunn, 6-3, Sr., G, 26.7 Brailen Neely, 5-9, So., G, 3.8 Martez Walker, 6-6, Sr., G, 18.7 Jalen Hayes...
Raiders rout Titans to secure hold on first place

Raiders rout Titans to secure hold on first place

Grant Benzinger’s mastery of the Detroit Titans continued Friday night as the Wright State senior guard led five players in double figures with 17 points to help the Raiders bounce back from their first Horizon League loss of the season. WSU raced out to an early 18-point lead and coasted to an 87-55 triumph before a crowd of 7,453, the largest Nutter Center crowd in nearly two years. &ldquo...
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