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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 23, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) -- Salt Lake City, Utah. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 1-0, ISU 0-0. Away Record: WSU 2-0, ISU 0-3. Neutral Record: WSU 0-1, ISU 0-0. Conference Record: WSU 0-0, ISU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Idaho State Bengals again shoot for their first win of the 2012-13 season as they compete against the Wright State Raiders as part of the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament at the Huntsman Center on Friday.
The Bengals, who aren't due to play their first home game of the campaign until Nov. 28 when they host Montana Western in Pocatello, are coming off a 57-46 loss to host Utah in this event two days ago. Prior to that, ISU also bowed to Utah State and Portland and was held below 50 points in both of those outings as well.
As for the Raiders, they kicked off the new season with a win over another school from Idaho, defeating the Vandals by an 80-70 score on the first day of action. After that came wins over Eastern Illinois and North Carolina A&T, but the most recent outing was a 59-55 loss to Central Michigan two days ago to snap a three-game win streak.
Back in action on Saturday, Wright State will take on host Utah while the Bengals go up against Central Michigan to finish out the tournament.
Wright State led by six points early in the meeting with CMU on Wednesday, and in the second half the Raiders made good on 51.9 percent from the floor, yet somehow, even with a mere 1-of-8 effort beyond the arc after the break, the Chippewas still found a way to win. Miles Dixon emerged from the bench to be the game's leading scorer for the Raiders with 16 points, followed by Matt Vest and JT Yoho with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Reggie Arceneaux finished with only two points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field. After four games, the Raiders only have one player, who has appeared in every outing, that is scoring in double figures and that's Yoho with his 14.0 ppg. Arceneaux has been particularly disappointing with just 6.8 ppg stemming from his meager 26.3 percent shooting from the floor and 4-of-22 beyond the arc. On a positive note, the perimeter defense for WSU has been top-notch, limiting opponents to 21.7 percent success.
Struggling to put up points yet again, the Bengals finished their meeting against Utah two days ago with a woeful 30.6 percent accuracy from the floor and just 2-of-16 shooting behind the three-point line. Melvin Morgan was the only double-digit scorer for the group with 15 points, but his 1-of-7 effort out on the perimeter was a clear indication that Idaho State was not up to the challenge in that department. Scoring points has been an awful proposition for the Bengals this season and it won't get any easier moving forward. Through the first two games Morgan was leading the group in scoring with 14.0 ppg, but his 37.9 percent shooting from the floor in those outings was less than optimal. What's worse, through three games this group has made good on only 20-of-32 at the free-throw line and had they done better at the stripe maybe the final outcomes could have been different as well.
Unless something drastic changes, the Bengals are due to have trouble yet again putting points on the board and that will surely send them to another loss.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 58, Idaho State 49
11/23 11:03:22 ET
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