INDIANAPOLIS - Tonight the Horizon League played the quarterfinal games at number one seed Butler University. The 6 p.m. game featured Wright State playing Milwaukee and the 8 p.m. game featured UIC and Cleveland State. In both games the higher seed prevailed. Wright State beat Milwaukee 80-70 and Cleveland State beat UIC 67-64.
Indianapolis - Sometimes a team can't buy a field goal, tonight for the first 9:47 of the second half Milwaukee couldn't even rent one as Wright State's stellar defense propelled them to a 80-70 win in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of number one seed Butler.
Wright State's 80 points was a season high with four players in double figure and their biggest scorer, Todd Brown only had eight points tonight.
DAYTON - It took reserve player Copper land going 6-6 from the field and a 22-27 effort in the second half from the foul line for Wright State to beat Valparaiso 68-56 in the first round of the Horizon League Championship.
Well it also took Wright State's stellar defense and Scott Grote's career high at Wright State of 19 points too, to get the Raiders into the quarterfinal game on Friday.
2009 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship
Tuesday, March 3 / First Round / at campus sites
Game 1 - #10 Detroit at #3 Cleveland State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN)
Game 2 - #7 UIC at #6 Youngstown State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN)
Game 3 - #9 Valparaiso at #4 Wright State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN)
Game 4 - #8 Loyola at #5 Milwaukee, 8 p.m. ET (HLN)
DAYTON - Wright State coach Brad Brownell was amazingly calm after winning a nail-biter 65-64 against Green Bay.
In the span of 26 seconds Wright State came within hair of blowing a four point lead and losing.
In that short 26 second time frame Wright State's Scott Grote made two free throws to put Wright State up 63-59. Green Bay brought the ball down and Ryan Tillema was fouled by Todd Brown and made both free throws. The score was 63-61.
DAYTON - On the night that Todd Brown scored his 1000th point, he also led his team with 21 points as his Wright State Raiders beat University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 70-60.
With Wright State down 32-27 at the half and Brown with just six points, it looked like Milwaukee was in the driver's seat. It took the Raider's until the 15:06 mark to tie up the game on a jumper by Scott Grote after a feed from Brown to make it 39-39.
Next for Wright State (17-12, 11-6 HL) was a 3-pointer by Troy Tabler, then another by Brown and the Raiders never trailed again.
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DAYTON - Take a cold-shooting team, hobble by injuries and match them against a ranked team that comes out shooting lights-out and it will result in a lop-sided contest.
That is what 9735 fans saw at the Nutter Center tonight as Butler beat Wright State 69-51.
Cold-shooting was an understatement for Wright State. Their three guards were a combined 0-22 for the game. The team shot a measly 26.7 percent (16-60) and just 17.6 percent (3-16) from 3-point land. At no time did Wright State lead in the game.
DAYTON – When two offensively challenged basketball teams shoot under 40 percent for the game one of the teams is going to win ugly and tonight it was Wright State. They played a little less ugly than Valparaiso as they won 68-58 in front of 5618 fans at the Ervin J. Nutter Center.
But it took a lot of effort for the Raiders to pull this win out.
With Valpo up 28-27 at halftime the Raider’s defense gave up a 3-pointer to Urule Igbavboa to go down by four points at 31-27. Less than a minute later Igbavaboa put in a layup to increase the Crusader lead to 33-27.