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DDN: Nagy cautiously optimistic as Raiders hit stretch run

Drey Carter at Youngstown

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State coach Scott Nagy isn’t ready to say his team has overcome its season-long malaise and is prepared to make a title push. He’s been convinced of that before, only to get stung by a defeat he didn’t see coming.

But he saw a multitude of positive signs in Sunday’s win at Northern Kentucky — a program he admires for “doing things the right away” — and the outcome has left him perhaps more upbeat than he’s been all year.

One sequence showed the heart the Raiders will need over the final seven games if they hope to claim their fourth Horizon League regular-season crown in eight years under Nagy.

“The play of the game was somewhere in the middle of the second half.  Al took a 3, and it rattled in and then came out,” Nagy said, referring to junior guard Alex Huibregtse.

“Brandon (Noel) chased it and fell down. And now it’s five-on-four going the other way. But we got a defensive stop.

“The players came to the huddle, and I’m like, ‘Hey, THAT’S how you win. It was a great shot. It didn’t go in. The big deal was how you guys got back and figured out a way to get a stop when it’s five-on-four.’