The Raiders prepare for Cleveland State, Friday night national television audience
DAYTON- The Wright State men’s basketball team returns home to the Nutter Center and opens a four-game homestand in front of a national audience Friday night as the Raiders host Cleveland State in town. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
Friday’s contest is a black game, with t-shirts for the first 4,000 fans, ticket discounts and halftime entertainment from Simon Sez’s master Steve Max. Fans can purchase tickets for Friday night through this link.
Fans can follow the action in several ways – via live stats, watching on ESPNU or tuning in to WONE 980 AM. Chris Collins and Jim Brown will have all the play-by-play on the radio.
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LAST TIME OUT
Wright State got off to a slow start Tuesday night, fought back but was unable to win as the Raiders fell to Northern Kentucky 73-63 to cap a five-game road trip. Wright State came out of an early hole with a 10-0 run to close out the first half and trailed by one at the break. The Raiders scored eight of the first 12 points to start the 20 seconds to take a three-point advantage at 42-39. The lead turned out to be the biggest lead of the night for Wright State. Tanner Holden led Wright State with 22 points, just missing a double-double and nine rebounds, while Tim Fink was also in double digits with 12 points. Grant Basil had a game-high 11 rebounds, finishing with nine points on the offensive side.
THE VIKING AGE
Cleveland State has won three in a row and is 13-4 this season with a 9-1 record in the Horizon League entering Friday. Cleveland State won the first meeting of the year in early December despite 23 points from Grant Basil and a career-high 28 points from Trey Calvin. Tanner Holden had its season-lowest point total (5) in the loss. The Raiders and Vikings split last year’s doubleheader at the Nutter Center in mid-January, with the Raiders losing by two in the first meeting before a 36-point rebound victory the following day.
Wright State has won 11 of the last 15 contests in the series overall, which is the longest all-time streak in Raider history. The Raiders and Vikings have met 78 times before, with Wright State leaving with 42 wins. The very first meeting was on February 12, 1972, a 72-62 Cleveland State victory at Cleveland. The first game at Dayton was on January 21, 1974 with a 69-45 Raider win (third game overall).
Cleveland State is 13-4 overall and 9-1 in the Horizon League, but has seen its share of COVID disruptions. The Vikings have had four canceled games — all road games — giving Cleveland State 13 home games to date compared to just four road games. The Vikings lost both non-conference road meetings and won HL road meetings at Robert Morris and Youngstown State. Cleveland State saw scheduled road contests against Duke and Kent State, as well as HL foes IUPUI and UIC, canceled in late December after COVID issues within the schedule. The Vikings are down to just four regular-season home games and end the schedule with five straight road games starting in mid-February.
Tanner Holden (82% FT) made 122 free throws, which leads the country, out of 149 total attempts, to second place nationally, in Wednesday’s games. Holden’s total of 413 points is No. 8 nationally, while his average of 20.6 points per game is No. 13 nationally. by Grant Basil rebounding work is also among the best in the nation: 20th nationally with 180 total rebounds, No. 29 nationally in total rebounds/game average with his 9.0 boards per game, and No. 35 nationally with his 6.50 defensive rebounds/game average. .
Fans are reminded that Sunday’s game time against Purdue Fort Wayne inside the Nutter Center was moved until noon from its originally scheduled departure at 2 p.m.