Wright State Wins 20th, Beats Detroit

    
February 21st, 2008

DAYTON – Wright State’s 20th win was not easy, but this year they really haven’t had any easy wins. The Raiders pulled out a 59-58 win to send most of the 6998 fans home happy.

With 1:38 left in the game Todd Brown hit a 3-pointer to put Wright State up 57-56.

At the 1:16 mark Wright State’s Cooper Land fouled Chris Hayes, after a media timeout he sank both free throws to put the Flames up 58-57.

At the 4 second mark Wright State’s Vaughn Duggins hit a jump shot to put the Raiders back up 59-58.

After each team called a timeout Detroit inbounded the ball and with 4.3 seconds left the Titans inbounded the ball and could not get a shot off before the buzzer.

“Detroit is playing best basketball right now. When (Jon) Goode went out we relaxed just a little bit defensively and they made us pay for it,” explained Wright State coach Brad Brownell. “I told our guys that on a miss to just play and attack the basket, if I see something I don’t like I will call time out.”

Obviously Brownell liked what he saw since he didn’t call timeout and Duggins made the jump shot to win it.

Duggins after the game acted like his heroics were all in a day’s work.

“It played out like the rest of our games,” explained a calm Duggins. “We would make a run and they would make a run. We were confident in that kind of situation.

In the first half the lead changed four times. Wright State (20-6, 12-4) got their biggest lead of the game at eight points at the 3:44 mark when Land hit two free throws to make it 26-18.

A 3-pointer by Detroit’s Nemanja Jokic and a jumper by Eulis Stephens cut the lead to three points at 2:18.

A jumper by Duggins at the 1:10 mark and then two more free throws by Land put the Raiders up 30-23 at the half.

Wright State out rebounded Detroit 35-21.

Detroit (7-19, 3-13 HL) had four players score in double digits. Chris Hayes and Zach Everingham both scored 14 points. Goode scored 11 points and Stephens 10 points for the Titans.

Duggins led the Raiders with 19 points Scottie Wilson had 14 points and 10 rebounds..

Notes:
- Former Wright State coach Jim Brown was in attendance tonight as he was honored on the basketball Wall of Fame. Former Raider coach John Ross was also in attendance.
- Detroit leads the all-time series 19-14. Brownell is a perfect 4-0 against Detroit.
- Jordon Pleiman went over 80 games without uttering a bad word in the post-game press conference. In his very first post game press conference he let slip a bad word, which left those in attendance giggling and asking if really said what they thought he said.
- Tonight the National Anthem was sung by a 12 year old girl who had trouble remembering the words so the crowd joined in and helped her get through the difficult song. At the end there crowd erupted in applause and Brownell came over to congratulate her.
- Detroit’s next game is at home against Bowling Green at home in the Bracket Busters at 4 p.m.
- Wright State’s next game is in the Bracket Busters on Sunday at Illinois State at 6:30 p.m.