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DDN: Raiders snap losing streak in romp over Northwestern Ohio

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State’s men’s basketball coach understands why some fans be scratching their heads and wondering why teams such as Northwestern Ohio of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics pop up on the schedule of a Division I teams such as the Raiders.

Well, they’ve got to play somebody.

“I’ve had enough people ask me why we’re playing them,” the seventh-year Wright State coach said after Saturday’s 111-59 win over the Lima, Ohio-based Racers before a crowd of 3,130 at the Nutter Center.

“Putting together a home schedule is the most difficult thing we do. Nobody wants to come here and play us unless it’s a home-and-home. We’re left playing games like this. It’s a challenge. There are some agonizing moments.”

Freshman Brandon Noel led five Raiders in double figures with 21 points in 17:59 minutes, helping them lead by as many as 54 points while snapping a four-game losing streak and improving to 6-6. Redshirt-sophomore guard Alex Huibregtse scored a career-high 15 points in 21:11 off the bench. Oakwood product Andy Neff, a senior forward, also set career highs with nine points and 11:38 minutes.

“It was opportunity to really enjoy some time on the court,” said Neff, adding that his father is a former Wright State baseball player.