Youngstown State (13-10) at Wright State (13-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Nutter Center (10,400) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Youngstown State 9-2, Wright State 10-1. Away Record: Youngstown State 2-8, Wright State 2-11. Neutral Record: Youngstown State 2-0, Wright State 1-0. Conference Record: Youngstown State 4-4, Wright State 5-5. Series Record: Wright State leads, 38-10.
GAME NOTES: The Wright State Raiders have lost three consecutive games, but will look to turn that around as they host the Youngstown State Penguins in Horizon League action at the Nutter Center.
Youngstown State has lost two of its last three games, including an 86-85 heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Oakland Friday. The Penguins find themselves with an even 4-4 Horizon League record, which is three and a half games behind leader Green Bay.
Prior to the three-game losing streak, Wright State had won four of five games played. But a three-game skid, which includes a 68-67 loss at Youngstown State and a 62-55 loss at Green Bay in it most recent outing, has dropped Wright State back to 5-5 in the conference standings.
The Raiders hold a sizeable 38-10 advantage in the all-time series against Youngstown State, although the Penguins took the earlier matchup by a one- point margin on Jan. 25.
With five seconds left to play in regulation, Kahlil Felder hit two free throws to give Oakland a one-point victory over Youngstown State. The Penguins' Kendrick Perry missed a 3-point jumper with one second left, and the game ended with a Golden Grizzlies victory. All five starters notched point totals in the double digits for YSU, led by Ryan Weber's 20 points and nine rebounds. Bobby Hain tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Perry chipped in 17 points, Kamren Belin added 18 and D.J. Cole notched 10.
Perry continues his dominant season for Youngstown State, leading the team with 20.6 ppg on an impressive 51.7 percent shooting mark from the floor. Perry tops the team with 97 assists on the year - one ahead of Cole's 96 total. Belin is second on the team in scoring with 12.2 ppg, and Weber checks in at third with 11.3 ppg. Hain leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 rpg and is fourth in scoring at 11.1 ppg.
Horizon League leader Green Bay held just a two-point advantage over Wright State at the half of the Raiders' last outing, but the Phoenix managed to create some distance in the second half by outscoring WSU by five points for the seven-point victory. JT Yoho was the only player in double digits in terms of scoring for Wright State, netting 15 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Reggie Arceneaux tallied eight points and six assists for the Raiders.
A.J. Pacher leads Wright State as the only player on the squad with double- digit scoring totals at 10.2 ppg, but is shooting an impressive 60.5 percent from the floor. Pacher leads the team in rebounding with a low 4.5 rpg total. Arceneaux tops the squad in assists with 62 on the year. The Raiders are averaging 66.8 ppg this season and allowing just 61.6 ppg to their opponents.
Wright State started the season on somewhat of a high note, but hasn't been able to stay afloat lately. Youngstown State took advantage of a weak Raiders team two Saturdays ago on WSU's home floor. The Penguins, led by Perry and a host of scoring, should be able to down the Raiders on friendly grounds.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 73, Wright State 66
02/05 10:31:03 ET