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DDN: Wright State rolls to easy win at Cleveland State

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State may not have seemed like a Horizon League contender after posting a losing record in the non-conference season and getting off to its worst three-game start in the league in 11 years at 1-2.

But the Raiders seem to be peaking at the right time after finishing a grueling five-game road stretch with back-to-back victories, including an 89-66 rout of Cleveland State on Saturday.

They improved to 10-10 overall and 4-3 in the conference, two games out of first place, while notching their most lopsided win against a Division-I opponent this season.

“There’s no question we’ve been struggling, but our kids have fought back to 10-10. We go three out of five on this five-game road swing, which gives us a chance, without question, with the next seven out of nine at home,” coach Scott Nagy said on his post-game radio show.

“I know our players are excited. We did what we needed to do for sure.”

Leading 41-31 at halftime, the Raiders had a turnover to start the second half and then scored on 14 straight possessions to build a 73-43 lead. They matched their highest output in a regulation road game since scoring 100 at UIC in 1999.

After setting a school record for most free throws without a miss by going 18 of 18 against Youngstown State on Thursday, the Raiders went 29 of 32 against the Vikings (5-16, 0-8).

Sophomore center Loudon Love had a season-high 23 points, going 8 of 12 from the field. He also had eight rebounds and went 7 of 8 on foul shots.