Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News
Scott Nagy admits it’s sometimes easy for him to focus on what’s going wrong. But as Wright State was squandering a 14-point second-half lead at Milwaukee with a Horizon League title on the line, the third-year coach saw no reason for doom and gloom
“Every huddle, even when they were making runs, we were all positive. As I told the guys, ‘Even I was positive for once,’” Nagy said on his post-game radio show.
The Raiders rewarded Nagy’s faith in them by scoring the game’s last four points on free throws to pull out a 65-62 road win Saturday night and capture a share of the crown — the first time they’ve finished atop the standings since a co-championship with Butler 12 years ago.
They’re 19-12 overall and 13-5 in the conference — the same league record as Northern Kentucky, which squeaked out an 86-82 win at Green Bay earlier in the day.
But the Raiders earned the first seed in the conference tournament on tiebreakers — they split the season series with NKU but had a better record against third-place Oakland — and will host eighth-seeded IUPUI (16-15, 8-10) in the second game of a double-header at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The Wright State women also earned the No. 1 seed and will play in the quarterfinals against Oakland at 5 p.m.
“I can’t even tell you how proud I am of our guys,” Nagy said. “It’s so much fun to watch this. I’m really happy for our seniors, for it to happen in their last year.”