Men hold off Valparaiso on Senior Night
FAIRBORN — The Wright State men’s basketball team built a nine-point halftime lead, but had to hold off Valparaiso in the second half before defeating the Crusaders 67-58 on Senior Night, Tuesday at the Ervin J. Nutter Center.
A.J. Pacher led all scorers with 20 for the Raiders, 13 in the second half, while Cole Darling scored all 12 of his points in the first half. J.T. Yoho added 10 off the bench.
Alec Peters paced Valparaiso (17-13, 9-6 Horizon) with 11 points while Vashil Fernandez had 10.
Wright State (17-13, 9-6 Horizon) closes out the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at University of Illinois Chicago. The Raiders will either be the third or fourth seed in next week’s Horizon League Tournament.
Marauders shake up G-MAC, upset Cedarville
WILBERFORCE — Central State never trailed in winning just its second Great Midwest Athletic Conference game of the season, 80-71, over Cedarville at Beacon-Lewis Gymnasium.
It’s doubtful many basketball people saw this coming. The Lady Jackets had won nine straight, 12 of their last 13, and were unbeaten on the road in the G-MAC. The host Marauders, on the other hand, had dropped eight in a row.
For the most part, Central State was in charge from the opening tip. Once CU tied the game, 2-2, the Marauders took the lead for good and methodically built it to as much as 14 points in the first half. It was 42-33 at the break.
CSU (6-16, 2-12 G-MAC) scored the first eight points of the second period and eventually had its largest lead of 57-38 at the 13:17 mark. However, an 18-4 run over the next four minutes quickly got the Jackets within five.
It was still a five-point spread, 64-59, with 8:07 left when the Marauders made a decisive move. They netted seven consecutive points to push the difference out to 12 and CU never recovered.
Kayla Linkous finished with 19 points for the Lady Jackets, 15-9 overall and 11-3 G-MAC, while Raegan Ryan totaled 17 points and eight assists. Deborah Gordon and Danielle Spiliotis chipped in 10 points apiece.
Cedarville was in line to host the G-MAC Tournament on March 6-8 with a sweep of its three remaining games. Now, the Jackets must win the last two and hope Ursuline wins Saturday at league leader Trevecca Nazarene, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hissong Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week
FAIRBORN — For the second straight week, a Wright State pitcher has been selected as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week as junior righthander Travis Hissong has received the honor for the week ending Feb. 23, it was announced Monday by the league office.
Hissong picked up the win as the Raiders defeated California-Irvine on the road Feb. 21, by the score of 3-1. He went seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
The Horizon League Preseason Pitcher of the Year, Hissong is 1-1 on the year with a 3.55 earned run average. In 12.2 innings of work, he has given up seven hits and five walks while striking out eight. Opponents are hitting .163 off of him.
Raiders fall at Kentucky
The Wright State baseball team scored a run in the first, but it was all Kentucky the rest of the way as the Wildcats tallied two runs in the first, third and fourth en route to a 7-1 decision, Tuesday in Lexington.
The Raiders picked up a run without the benefit of a hit in the first. Kieston Greene led off with a walk and went to second on a balk. After advancing to third on a Michael Timm ground out, Greene scored on the second balk of the inning against the Wildcats.
Kentucky, though, took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the first and expanded on the lead with two more in the third and fourth to go up 6-1.
Wright State (2-5) heads west this weekend for a four-game series at no. 3 Oregon State. The first game is set for 8:05 p.m. Friday.
McKinney, Wilcox sign with Wright State
The Wright State women’s soccer program has announced the addition of Beavercreek’s Madison McKinney, Xenia’s Megan Wilcox and nine other players to national letters of intent. Also joining the Raiders for the 2014 season will be Kendra Beckman, Savannah Carmosino, Sarah Colvin, Addie Englehart, Ellie Ganz, Stevee Hazel, Bryce Hueber, Brooklyne Mason and Britne Wilmer.
McKinney, a defender, was a Second Team All-State and First Team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) selection as a senior for the Beavers. The GWOC Central Division Co-Player of the Year in 2013, McKinney had three goals and three assists as Beavercreek finished 14-4-1 and advanced to the district finals.
Wilcox, a forward, earned team MVP honors as a senior as she scored nine goals with seven assists for the Buccs. A Second Team All-GWOC South Division honoree in 2013, Wilcox was also named Second Team All-District. She, like Hazel, Mason and McKinney, was part of the Ohio Galaxies Soccer Club that was a 2013 U17 State Cup finalist.
(Stories provided by Wright State University and Cedarville University)