Wright State (14-5) at Youngstown State (10-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beeghly Center (6,500) -- Youngstown, Ohio. Television: Local. Home Record: WSU 8-0, YSU 4-2. Away Record: WSU 6-4, YSU 6-4. Neutral Record: WSU 0-1, YSU 0-2. Conference Record: WSU 5-1, YSU 2-3. Series Record: Wright State leads, 36-8.
GAME NOTES: In action for the third time in five days, the Wright State Raiders head to the Beeghly Center where they will contend with the Youngstown State Penguins in Horizon League action.
The Raiders were in Detroit on Monday night versus the Titans and used that opportunity to squeeze out a 64-62 victory at Calihan Hall, the team's sixth win in seven tries. In addition, WSU is now 5-1 in conference play as well, which means it is tied with Valparaiso at the top of the standings, with the Crusaders set to take on Green Bay on Wednesday night.
As for the Penguins, they last took the floor this past Saturday when they topped Milwaukee on the road in a 75-72 final. The triumph snapped a two-game slide by YSU and moved the team to within a game of .500 (2-3) in conference play.
In terms of the all-time series between these two programs, Wright State is ahead by a wide margin, 36-8.
Kendall Griffin scored a team-high 15 points as Wright State topped the Detroit Titans, 64-62, in Horizon League action at Calihan Hall two nights ago. Reggie Arceneaux responded with 11 points, although he shot just 5-of-15 from the floor, and Cole Darling contributed 10 points for the visitors as well. Wright State opened the contest on a 15-3 run, but in the end had to hold on for the slim two-point victory. Darling leads the Raiders in scoring with his 11.4 ppg, although he has participated in only 14 of 19 possible outings. Arceneaux is responsible for another 11.0 ppg and is first with 58 assists. Not a high-scoring team, the Raiders are producing a mere 62.2 ppg at the moment, but the defense is making that stand up more often than not as it limits the opposition to just 56.8 ppg.
Against Milwaukee over the weekend, the Penguins gave themselves some breathing room in the first half by shooting 55.2 percent from the floor, including 55.6 percent behind the 3-point line, just enough of a cushion to provide for the three-point win in the end. Kamren Belin accounted for 21 points, Damian Eargle 17 points and seven rebounds, as well as Blake Allen with 16 points, the latter shooting 4-of-7 beyond the arc. In conference play the Penguins are being outscored by 10 points per contest and have opponents crushing them on the glass by close to nine rebounds per game. Kendrick Perry leads the group in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (5.8 rpg), assists (16) and steals (13) in those five outings, while Eargle checks in with another 12.2 ppg and is also active in the paint with 5.4 rpg and 3.0 bpg.
Being so close to the top of the conference standings, the Raiders cannot afford to let winnable games slip through their fingers, which is why they need to get up for this one on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 71, Youngstown State 63
01/23 10:34:18 ET