WRIGHT STATE RUMORS & GOSSIP

Wright State baseball uses deer as mascot after team bus hit one

The Wright State baseball team has one of the most interesting mascots in the NCAA. After the team bus hit a deer earlier this season, the Raiders managed to put together an impressive winning streak. Naturally, they credited the deer for their turnaround and set out to ensure that positive aura was always in the air. Enter Gary Crosswell. Gary Crosswell is the name of the stuffed...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State’s baseball team brought a dead deer to their game for good luck

The Wright State Raiders baseball team has had an unofficial mascot hanging out in their dugout, ever since the team’s bus hit and killed a deer on April 24. The team had a meeting, and said that they needed something to rally themselves. The next day, their team bus inadvertently ran over the deer, and the players somehow then decided that the deer would be their rallying chip...
Via The Comeback
June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Scott Nagy hired at Wright State

South Dakota State men’s basketball coach Scott Nagy has been hired to serve in the same position at Wright State, according to an AP report. Nagy, 49, had coached the Jackrabbits since 1995 and guided the team to an overall record of 404-239 in both Division II and Division I. The man turned South Dakota State into a Big Sky Conference and three conference titles to go with three...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State fires coach Billy Donlon after 6 seasons

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Wright State has fired coach Billy Donlon, who was the Horizon League's coach of the year during his six seasons but couldn't lead the Raiders into the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders reached the conference's tournament title game in three of the past four years but lost each time. They went 22-13 this season, the third time in four years that they won 20 games...
Via Associated Press
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Wright State fires Billy Donlon following 22-win season

Wright State has terminated its contract with head coach Billy Donlon, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Donlon, 39, led Wright State to a 22-13 record, second-place finish and conference title game appearance during the 2015-16 season. Wright State had won 21 or more games in three of the last four seasons. In six seasons under Donlon, the Raiders reached the Horizon League...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Billy Donlon fired from Wright State after six seasons

The Wright State Raiders had a pretty successful 2015-16 seasons as they finished the season 22-13 and just missed making the NCAA Tournament. Because of that, they decided to part ways with six-year head coach Billy Donlon. The Raiders were tied for second in the Horizon League this year and advanced the final of the conference tournament, where they fell to the Green Bay Phoenix...
Via Campus Sports Net
March 16, 2016  |  Discuss

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...
Via Campus Sports Net
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...
Via The Catch and Shoot
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 Associated Press
March 05, 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 Associated Press
February 20, 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

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 Associated Press
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

NAU soccer beats Wright State

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Underneath the lights in their first Friday night home game of the season, the Northern Arizona women's soccer team were able to perform in front of 595 fans against Wright State. Haley Wingender scored on a penalty kick in the first half and that is all the Lumberjacks needed as Northern Arizona defeated Wright State 1-0 for the Lumberjack's second straight...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wright State Accepts CIT Bid, Will Play East Carolina

Photo: Raiderroundball.com After falling Tuesday in the Horizon League championship game, Wright State accepted a postseason bid to the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. The Raiders, who finished 3rd in the Horizon League, will play at East Carolina this coming Tuesday, Mar. 18. This marks Wright State’s second straight season with a postseason appearance. Last year, the Raiders earned...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Wright State falls 69-63 in Horizon title game

FAIRBORN -- Wright State's hopes of becoming the first school from Ohio to qualify for this year's NCAA tournament fell short on Tuesday night as Milwaukee led throughout to post a 69-63 victory in the Horizon League final at the Nutter Center. The 21-13 Panthers, who were the fifth seed in the tournament, are NCAA bound for the fifth time in school history. They led by as many as...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Sophomores pace ASU in win over Wright State

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Starting left-hander Brett Lilek went a career-long six innings and third baseman Dalton DiNatale matched his career high with three RBI to power the 18th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team to a 7-2 win over Wright State on Sunday at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. Lilek (1-0) struck out five and allowed a pair of runs on just two hits to earn...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wright State fan thrusts for his buddy (GIF)

Wright State fans were asked to go with a “green out” for Friday night’s game against Detroit.  This Raiders fan got a bit too SO OVERLY EXCITED for the occasion, he couldn’t help himself.  And his buddy was all about it.   To which his buddy replied, “sweet thrusts, bro.”
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Wright State edges Oakland at buzzer 72-71

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) -- AJ Pacher sank the game-winning layup just ahead of the buzzer Sunday as Wright State rallied late in the second half to defeat Oakland 72-71. Trailing by 10 with barely 2 minutes to play, Wright State (15-13, 7-6 Horizon League) scored 13 of the next 15 points to take its first lead of the second half on a pair Cole Darling free throws that made it 70-69...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Wright State player posterizes 7-foot opponent

Wright State's Jerran Young put Green Bay 7-footer Alec Brown on a poster last night after exploding with a big dunk.
Via Gamedayr
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 7 Louisville women beat Wright State 99-40

Even though she was unable to play, Antonita Slaughter did all she could to help No. 7 Louisville. Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Cardinals cruised to a 99-40 win over Wright State on Saturday night in their first game since Slaughter was diagnosed with a season-ending blood clot in her lung. The senior guard, released from the hospital Friday...
Via Associated Press
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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