Wright State wraps up non-conference schedule on the road
The Wright State men's basketball team will end the non-conference portion of the schedule with games at Missouri State Tuesday night (8 pm) and at Georgia Tech Friday night 9 pm). Both games will be shown on ESPN3 and 106.5 FM with Chris Collins and Jim Brown.
The Raiders, 7-4, are coming off an impressive 77-69 win at Toledo last Saturday afternoon and have now won three straight and seven of the last eight games. Senior Justin Mitchell and freshman Loudon Love each had double-doubles in that game with Mitchell posting 18 points and 12 rebounds and Love at 11 and 12. Love was honored as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week. Six Raiders average 9.2 points or better, led by senior Grant Benzinger at 14.3. Love leads the team in rebounding at 8.3 with Mitchell right behind at 7.3. The Raiders defense has been stingy, allowing just 63.8 points a game while forcing 17.5 turnovers per game. This will be the first time the Raiders have met either team.
The Bears, 9-3, had a seven-game winning streak broken at Oral Roberts, losing 73-66 last Tuesday night. MSU opened the season with an 85-80 win at Western Kentucky. WSU lost at WKU later in the early portion of the season. Missouri State next opens the Missouri Valley Conference slate by hosting Loyola on December 22.
The Bears picked up 30 of a possible 40 first-place votes and were announced as the preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball title this season. Likewise, MSU senior forward Alize Johnson, the only returning first-team All-MVC selection from last season, was named as the MVC Preseason Player of the Year. This year, Johnson is currently averaging 14.2 points and 10.2 rebounds through the first 12 games. Reggie Scurry is averaging 10.0 points.
Tech is currently 5-4 after a home win over Florida A&M Sunday 79-54 and play Georgia Tuesday night before WSU comes to town. Four GT players average in double-figure scoring led by Josh Okogie at 19.0 points per game. Okogie missed games in the early season and was picked to the ACC preseason second team while teammate Ben Lammers was chosen the first team. The Ramblin' Wreck was placed ninth of the 15 ACC teams.
The Raiders will open the Horizon League slate December 28 against UIC and December 30 against IUPUI at home.