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DDN: Wright State needs to fix rebounding woes with trip to NKU next

Scott Nagy looks on

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Brandon Noel was as baffled as anyone over how he and his Wright State teammates could get thoroughly manhandled by Youngstown State.

The Raiders seemed to be on a good trajectory, rising to fourth in the Horizon League after a rough start, pulling to within one game in the loss column of first place and looking at playing six of their final nine games at home.

But they’ve had trouble all year against athletic teams with active players around the rim — and it was obvious again in their 88-77 defeat Thursday night.

“We had three wins in a row. We had a tough game in Cleveland, a gritty one at IUPUI,” Noel said of the last two victories. “I thought we might come out with some good energy, and it just didn’t seem like we did.

“I don’t have an answer for why that’s the case. It’s disappointing. I wish we could have gotten this one. It stings — a lot. Any loss stings.”

The defending regular-season champs had a 38-26 rebounding edge, picking up 12 on the offensive end.