The Wright State men’s basketball team heads home to host Detroit Mercy Friday at 7 pm and Oakland Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
Follow the Raiders: Wright State’s games this week can be seen on ESPN3 or heard on 106.5 FM and iHeart app.
Wright State: The Raiders, 12-7 and 3-3, are coming off a split in Wisconsin, winning at Milwaukee 70-67 but losing at Green Bay 78-61. Four players in double-figure scoring lead the Raiders: Mark Alstork (17.8), Steven Davis (14.7), Justin Mitchell (11.2) and Grant Benzinger (11.1). Mitchell leads the team with 7.5 rebounds a game.
Last Game: The Raiders played at Milwaukee last Saturday afternoon and came back to win 70-67 after being down by 11 with 14:00 to go. Justin Mitchell collected his second double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Mark Alstork scored all of his 17 points in the second half. Grant Benzinger finished with 14 points and Mike La Tulip ended with 12 points.
Promotions: Friday night, Coach Nagy will coach in bare feet to bring attention and raise funds for Samaritan's Feet. Samaritan’s Feet International is a humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of love and hope through washing the feet of children and adults and blessing them with a new pair of shoes. This is the 9th year that Coach Nagy has coached a game in his bare feet to help draw awareness for the need for shoes both here in the U.S. and around the world. For more information (or to make a donation), please visit the Samaritan’s Feet display located on the concourse near Gate 3, or go to www.samaritansfeet.org.
Also, Friday marks the first of three t-shirt games. Shirts will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans as they enter the arena.
On Sunday, the Athletics Department will honor our student-athletes during halftime on Academic Achievement Day. To promote Motor City Madness, the first 1,000 fans will receive tournament-themed rally towels.
Series: Wright State leads the Detroit series 28-26, including an 85-72 win on New Year’s Eve in Detroit. The Raiders also lead the overall series with Oakland 8-7 but WSU lost at Oakland 81-62 on December 29.
Detroit: The Titans, 4-14 and 2-4, have won two straight, defeating Oakland 93-88 and Youngstown State 87-71. The Titans have used a strong press recently that accounted for 22 steals over the last two games, causing 46 turnovers. For the season, UDM has averaged just 6.5 steals. Shooting has improved as well, hitting 54% from three against YSU as opposed to just 36% for the year.
Four players average in double figures: Jaleel Hogan (15.0), Josh McFolley (14.0), Corey Allen (12.2) and Chris Jenkins (11.4). Hogan is the reigning Horizon League player of the week for his 38 points at Oakland. Allen was named the freshman of the week as he collected 17 points at OU. WSU leads the overall series 28-26, winning six of the last seven meetings.
Oakland: The Golden Grizzlies, 14-5 and 4-2, have dropped their last two games, losing to Detroit 93-88 and Cleveland State 76-65. Oakland, shooting 33% from three at a rate of 7.4 made per game on the season, shot just 11% (2 for 18) against CSU and 23% (6 for 26) from three against Detroit Mercy. In those two games, OU committed 40 turnovers, including 25 against UDM whereas they have been averaging just 13.7 per game on the season.
Three OU players average in double-figure scoring: Martez Walker (17.0), Jalen Hayes (15.1) and Sherron Dorsey-Walker (12.1). Hayes averages 6.9 rebounds a game. Hayes had 32 points in the loss to CSU. WSU leads the overall series 8-7 but lost at Oakland 81-62 to open the Horizon League slate.
Radio Show: The next Scott Nagy Show will be January 23 at the Fairborn TJ Chumps at 6 pm. The show will air on WONE, 980 AM or through the iHeart App and can be seen through wsuraiders.com.
Looking Ahead: WSU heads back to the road for a game Friday at Valparaiso at 8 pm and a game at UIC Sunday at 4 pm.
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2016-17 Horizon League as of 1/20/17 a.m.
|Green Bay||11-7, 5-1|
|Wright State||12-7, 3-3|
|Northern Kentucky||12-7, 3-3|
|Detroit Mercy||4-14, 2-4|
|Youngstown State||8-12, 2-5|
|Cleveland State||6-13, 2-5|