Wright State men win home opener
FAIRBORN — The Wright State men’s basketball team tied a school record for fewest points allowed in the first half Tuesday night in winning the home opener over Mount St. Joseph 66-52 at WSU’s Nutter Center.
WSU led throughout the contest as the Raiders scored the first eight points and later went up 22-5 at the 6:45 mark following another 8-0 burst. The margin grew to as much as 19 down the stretch in the period, including a Joe Thomasson jumper with two seconds left to make it 31-12 at halftime.
Wright State made 14 of 34 shots in the first half for 41 percent while the Lions, despite going seven of eight at the foul line, made just two of 18 shots for 11 percent.
The 12 points allowed by WSU in the first half tied a school record for fewest points allowed in a half as the Raiders gave up 12 in a 66-43 decision over Norfolk State on December 17, 2008, also at Wright State’s Nutter Center.
WSU maintained a double-digit advantage in the second half as the Raiders shot 45 percent for the game and made 14 of 17 free throws while Mount St. Joseph shot 29 percent overall and was 21 of 25 at the line. Wright State led in points in the paint (40-14), points off of turnovers (16-15) and second-chance points (10-5).
Three Raiders scored in double figures, led by Thomasson’s 17 points. The senior guard also added six rebounds and five assists. Michael Karena had 12 points off the bench while Mark Alstork chipped in 11 along with six boards.
Wright State (2-3) heads to Fairfax, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 28, with a 4 p.m. contest at George Mason.
Yellow Jackets now 0-5
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Cedarville University’s men’s basketball team lost its fifth straight game Tuesday night, this time by a 72-55 margin to undefeated Ferris State University. Easton Bazzoli led the Yellow Jackets with an 18-point effort. J.C. Faubion recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and hauling in 13 rebounds.
Ferris State (5-0) was led by Jared Stolicker who scored a game-high 19 points.
Cedarville plays its next game Dec. 1 at home against Ohio Christian. That game is set for a 7:45 p.m. tip-off.
Marauders fall to Saginaw Valley State
SAGINAW, Mich. – Playing their first game in over a week, Central State fell to the hot shooting Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State, 99-86, on Tuesday night.
Ranked in the preseason as one of the top teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), SVSU opened the game up with a 9-2 run and never looked back. The Cardinals led by as many as 18 in the first half while the Marauders struggled to find an answer defensively. Tom Johnson came off the bench with 12 points in the first half to keep CSU in the game while Jeremy Brown hit a layup late the half to cut the Cardinal lead to 51-36 going into the break.
The Cardinal shooters opened the second half hitting 4 of their first 5 shots from beyond the arc as the SVSU lead ballooned to 24. Caleb Davis finished 4 for 5 from the three point line while teammate Mitch Baenziger was 2-4 from the perimeter in the second half. As a team, the Cardinals shot 58% from the field (21-36) and converted 50% of their three point attempts (8-16). With most of the reserves finishing out the game, CSU chopped away at the SVSU lead to narrow the final gap to 13 at the final horn.
In addition to SVSU terrific night from the field, SVSU outrebounded CSU, 46 to 36, leading to a 16-6 advantage over the Marauders in second chance points.
“They simply made the shots and we didn’t. I also thought our struggles at the line kept us from making a run on multiple occasions,” said CSU coach Joseph Price. “We did get great play from a freshman in Tom Johnson as well as solid contributions of our bench from Sean Cassidy and others. While I was disappointed in our overall shooting, we will learn from this experience heading into conference play.”
CSU, which fell to 0-2 on the season, had five players score in double-figures. Johnson came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting. Hosie Smith Jr. finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while Tre’ Edwards recorded 13 points. Sean Cassidy contributed with 12 points and Jeremy Brown chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.
SVSU forward C.J. Turnage led a balanced Cardinal offense with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Davis finished with 15 points while Damon Bozeman had 14 on the night. Baenziger, Mike Wells and Devon Dixon each scored 11 points off the bench as SVSU improved to 2-2 on the season.
The Marauders are off until Dec. 3 when they host Benedict College in the first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game of the year. The two teams are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. in CSU’s Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium.
Cedarville nabs second win
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Visiting Cedarville (2-3) jumped out to a 41-21 halftime lead and never trailed in the second half of Tuesday night’s 72-43 win over Ferris State (0-3).
Four Cedarville players scored in double figures in the team’s second win of the season. Kaysie Brittenham led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points, Breanne Watterworth scored 12 points while Christina McQueen and Ellie Juengel each finished with 10.
Cedarville will next play Ohio Christian at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 back at the Callan Athletic Center. The men’s game will immediately follow.
Compiled by John Bombatch. Nick Novy wrote the Central State men’s basketball story. Please send your sports information to: [email protected]