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DDN: Wright State edges Milwaukee, clinches share of Horizon League title

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.”