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Green Bay defeats Wright State to win Horizon League Tournament

The Green Bay Phoenix defeated the Wright State Raiders 78-69 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena to win this year’s Horizon League Tournament and thus earn a trip to the 2016 NCAA Tournament next week. Charles Cooper and Jordan Fouse each had 16 points for the Phoenix, who took home their third ever Horizon League title tonight and first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1996. Thus...
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March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Green Bay defeats Wright State in Horizon League finals

Four Green Bay players scored in double figures Tuesday to lead their team to a 78-69 win against Wright State in the Horizon League championship game. The Phoenix will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years. Fourth-seeded Green Bay opened up a 15-point lead in the first half and combated a 12-2 run by Wright State to lead 42-30 at halftime. The Phoenix...
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March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Green Bay’s Cooper throws down tomahawk dunk in Horizon League finals

Green Bay guard Charles Cooper had the top highlight of the first half of the Horizon League championship game Tuesday, destroying the rim and Wright State guard Mark Alstork with this tomahawk dunk. The Phoenix lead 42-30 at halftime, putting them 20 minutes away from their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years.
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State beats Oakland 59-55 in Horizon League semis

DETROIT (AP) Mark Alstork scored 18, and JT Yoho added 15 points - including the go-ahead jumper with 24 seconds to play - to lead third-seeded Wright State past No. 2 seed Oakland 59-55 Monday night in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament. Daniel Mortensen hit three 3s and finished with 11 for the Raiders (22-12), who will face fourth-seeded Green Bay (21-12) in the...
Via AP on Fox
March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Donlon criticizes Horizon League, media following tournament win

Wright State coach Billy Donlon and his staff were furious to find out no players from their third-place team made the All-Horizon League teams. On top of that, Donlon was upset with the Horizon League Tournament format, which gives the top-two teams a double-bye to the semifinals and makes the No. 3 through No. 10 seeds to play in the first and second rounds to reach the semis...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State rolls past Illinois-Chicago 74-43 in Horizon

DETROIT (AP) JT Yoho had 15 points and Daniel Mortensen 14 and third-seeded Wright State cruised to a 74-43 win over Illinois-Chicago in the first round of the Horizon League tournament on Saturday. The Raiders (20-12), who have won five straight, plays the Youngstown State-Detroit winner in the second round on Sunday. Wright State hit six 3-pointers in the first half, three...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Karena scores 18, Wright State beats Cleveland State 55-51

CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Karena had 18 points, Biggie Minnis added 11 and Wright State led throughout the second half to beat Cleveland State 55-51 on Saturday. The Raiders (19-12, 13-5 Horizon) had their largest lead at 49-34 with 6:06 left and held on from there. They tied Oakland (13-5) at second place, 2 1/2 games behind Valparaiso (15-2) in the league standings. The Vikings...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State gets by Youngstown State 87-81

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Michael Karena, who came in averaging 9.0 points, scored 26 points with eight rebounds and Wright State beat Youngstown State 87-81 on Thursday night. Karena was 11 of 15 from the field, helping Wright State (18-12, 12-5 Horizon) to shoot over 61 percent, despite the Raiders making just 3 of 12 beyond the arc. Mark Alstork scored 21 points and Joe Thomasson...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State holds off Northern Kentucky 67-64

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Michael Karena scored 17 points with seven rebounds and Wright State held off Northern Kentucky 67-64 on Saturday. Wright State held a small lead most of the game. Northern Kentucky drew to within three, 62-59, with 4:11 left after a 3-point play by Jake Giesler. With 44 seconds to go, NKU's Tyler White made a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game....
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Oakland beats Wright State 89-73 for 2nd place in Horizon

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Martez Walker made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Jalen Hayes and Kay Felder each had double-doubles and Oakland beat Wright State 89-73 Monday night for sole possession of second place in the Horizon League. Oakland led by just six points at the break but opened the second half on a 15-5 run - highlighted by two 3-pointers from Max Hooper - for a 60-44...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnis tip-in gives Wright St. 61-59 win over Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Joe Thomasson scored 14 points, Biggie Minnis tipped in an offensive rebound with one second left, and Wright State earned the season sweep over Valparaiso with a 61-59 win on Saturday. Wright State (16-11, 10-4 Horizon) held a 33-24 lead at the half, but Valparaiso clawed back, outscoring the Raiders 35-20 over the first 17-and-a-half minutes to take a 59...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago fends off Wright State 64-59

CHICAGO (AP) Freshman Dikembe Dixson scored 26 points with 12 rebounds and Najeal Young made three free throws in the final 37 seconds as Illinois-Chicago fended off Wright State 64-59 on Thursday night. Tai Odiase, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, scored 18 points and blocked seven shots as Illinois-Chicago (4-19, 2-10 Horizon) maintained a slim lead throughout. His seventh block was on...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: UIC 64, Wright State 59

CHICAGO — Dominant performances by Tai Odiase and Dikembe Dixson led UIC to a 64-59 victory Thursday against Wright State. The Flames led for the final 17:42 and have now beaten the Raiders three consecutive times at UIC Pavilion.   Tai Odiase attempts a shot over Wright State forward JT Yoho. (Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com) Tons of energy from Tai Odiase. The...
Via The Catch and Shoot
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State cruises to 79-60 victory over Green Bay

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Wright State established a permanent double-digit lead early on and Grant Benzinger hit four consecutive 3-pointers in the final six minutes as the Raiders beat Green Bay 79-60 on Saturday night. Biggie Minnis scored 13 points, Benzinger 12 and three others 10 apiece for Wright State (15-10, 9-3 Horizon), which remained tied in second place with Oakland, two...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State fends off Milwaukee rally to win 84-83

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) JT Yoho scored 29 points and Joe Thomasson's free throw with three seconds left lifted Wright State past Milwaukee 84-83 Thursday night. Milwaukee's Matt Tiby made both free throws with five seconds left to tie the game at 83 before Thomasson converted one of two free throws. Mark Hughes hit a 3-pointer with 10:47 to play gave the Raiders a 67-54 lead, before...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State runs away from Illinois-Chicago 80-66

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Mark Alstork scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Wright State beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 80-66 on Sunday to win its sixth straight and remain atop the Horizon League standings. The win is the 100th for Billy Donlon, the second Wright State coach to reach that mark. JT Yoho scored 16 points, Biggie Minnis added 13 and Grant Benzinger had...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Thomasson leads Wright State past Valparaiso 73-62

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) Joe Thomasson made 14 of 16 free throws, including 8 of 10 in the final minute, and scored 21 points and Wright State pulled into a first place tie by handing Valparaiso its first Horizon League loss, 73-62 on Friday night. JT Yoho added 18 points for the Raiders (12-8, 6-1), who trailed 57-56 with 3:36 to play. Mark Alstork put Wright State up for good with...
Via AP on Fox
January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Benzinger's 3 caps Wright St rally in 77-76 win over Detroit

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Grant Benzinger hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to cap Wright State's rally from a 14-point, second-half deficit and help the Raiders beat Detroit 77-76 Monday night. Benzinger finished with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Mark Alstork scored 16 of his 21 after halftime, Michael Karena had 15 points and Joe Thomasson added 10 for Wright State (11...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State starts fast, routs Youngstown State, 81-45

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Michael Karena, Mark Alstork and Grant Benzinger each scored 13 points as Wright State routed Youngstown State, 81-45 on Saturday night. Wright State got off to a fast start. When Alstork made a jumper with 8:05 remaining in the first half, the Raiders' lead stood at 26-11. Benzinger hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left and added a free throw to make it 43...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Benzinger hits 5 3s, Wright St. beats Cleveland St. 70-53

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Grant Benzinger hit 5 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points to help Wright State beat Cleveland State 70-53 Thursday night. Michael Karena added 16 points, Mark Alstork scored 13 and JT Yoho 11 for Wright State, which has won three games in a row and six of its last seven. Benzinger hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 16-8 spurt that pushed Raiders...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright St. opens strong in 2nd half, beats N. Kentucky 60-46

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) Mark Alstork had 18 points and six rebounds to help Wright State beat Northern Kentucky 60-46 on Saturday. Wright State trailed 28-27 at halftime but started the second half on a 19-4 spurt for a 46-32 lead. JT Yoho scored seven points during the 10-minute stretch and Grant Benzinger added five. Northern Kentucky cut it to single digits with four minutes...
Via AP on Fox
January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State holds off surging Milwaukee in 84-82 OT win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Mark Alstork scored the first four points of overtime plus the winning basket at the end and Wright State held off comeback-minded Milwaukee 84-82 in a Horizon League opener on Saturday. Joe Thomasson led the Raiders (7-7, 1-0) with 21 points and Alstork finished with 17. Milwaukee (9-5, 0-1) trailed by 15 points midway through the second half when Akeem Springs...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State dumps Murray State 65-49

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) JT Yoho scored 19 points and Michael Karena scored 18 points, sending Wright State past Murray State 65-49 Tuesday night. Karena scored seven of the Racers' first nine points to jump-start his team. Karena's layup, free throw and dunk in succession gave Murray State a 9-7 lead. Karena scored 14 first-half points. Biggie Minnis' layup and Mark Alstork 3 followed...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wright State beats cold-shooting Bowling Green 83-47

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) JT Yoho scored 22 points and Wright State beat Bowling Green 83-47 on Sunday. Yoho was 7 of 12 from the floor with four 3-pointers and five rebounds. Mark Alstork had 19 points, Joe Thomasson scored 13 points with seven reoubnds and six assists, and Grant Benzinger added 11 points. Wright State (5-7) shot 52 percent and was 13 of 28 from beyond the arc. Ismail...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami (Ohio) hangs on to beat Wright State 72-67

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) Eric Washington, Geovonie McKnight and Willie Moore scored 13 points apiece and Miami (Ohio) held off Wright State 72-67 on Sunday. Washington made 9 of 11 free throws, including four in the final two minutes. The RedHawks' last nine points came from the line in the final 3:21. Two baskets by McKnight, a 3-pointer and basket by Moore and a free throw from Washington...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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