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DDN: Former Wright State star Deister surprised records still stand

Jesse Deister

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

If Wright State’s Cole Gentry wants to break Jesse Deister’s program record of 47 consecutive free throws — or Deister’s marks for single-season and career foul shooting — he probably should keep his distance from the former Raider great.

Asked how he felt about the junior point guard reaching 39 in a row and perhaps overtaking him on a road trip this weekend, Deister said, “I’m going to have to break his arm.”

He also pointed out how he’s co-owner of the Centerville-based Ellie Home Caring Inc., which meets the needs of senior citizens, and that Gentry should take that into consideration:

“Now that it’s my business to respect the elderly, I think he needs to do the same thing.”

Deister, who turns 40 in April, was jesting, of course. He doesn’t seem to mind a bit that his all-time streak is being threatened — perhaps because it wasn’t a big deal to him when he did it, and he didn’t know it still stood until being contacted this week by media-relations director Bob Noss.

He set the record during his two years with the Raiders from 2000-02 after transferring from Cedarville University.