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DDN: Raiders run out of gas in road defeat to Penguins

Grant Basile Dunks

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State coach Scott Nagy didn’t want anyone using his team’s depleted roster as an alibi, but he and his exhausted players will be glad to have some reinforcements next week.

Though winning one of two road games in a three-day span with so few players was an impressive feat, fatigue and defensive lapses were costly in a 90-87 loss at Youngstown State on Saturday.

Missing starters Trey Calvin and A.J. Braun and left with only walk-ons for subs (mostly because of Covid-19 issues in the program), the Raiders wobbled down the stretch and had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

They built an eight-point lead after a Tim Finke 3 with 5:50 to go, but the Penguins scored 21 points in the final 5:22 on their way to 50 in the second half.

“Our kids played their butts off — what am I going to say? But there will be NO excuses,” Nagy said on his post-game radio show. “We’ll be very disappointed we didn’t win this game. It’s a game we flat-out should have won.

“We had enough offense. But our defense isn’t good enough right now to win a championship. It just isn’t.”