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Men’s Basketball falls to UIC, NIT cancelled

Wright State basketball | Photograph by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State basketball | Photograph by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

The Raiders fell in the first round of the Horizon League tournament to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

WSU returns home after first round of tournament

Despite being the no. 1 seed in the league, Wright State lost the first game in the Horizon League championship in Indiana, ending their chance to play in the now-cancelled National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.

With a final score of 73-56, WSU finished with a lower point deficit than the two previous times the teams played this season.

In January, WSU lost to UIC 72-76. Later in the season, WSU beat UIC 75-58. Unfortunately, WSU was not able to score enough points to win over UIC.

UIC started off strong scoring five points right away. They kept the lead for the first half, which continued for the rest of the game. Wright State worked up a tie once, never able to gain an advantage over their opponent.

At halftime, the Raiders headed to the locker room staring down a score of 41-26 that was not in their favor.

As the game continued, the gap between UIC and WSU only widened, crushing the Raiders’ hopes of catching up and gaining a lead.

F Bill Wampler (1) was the only Raider to finish in double digits, scoring 14 points for his team.

Northern Kentucky, no. 2 seed and a team the Raiders beat by a landslide in the regular season, went on to beat UIC and win the championship for the second year in a row.

NCAA events and NIT cancelled

The Raiders were waiting for their opponent in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 2020 before the cancellation.

Amid coronavirus concerns, the NIT has been cancelled along with all other NCAA events.

Women’s Basketball’s season comes to an end

Wright State’s Women’s Basketball team made it to the Horizon League quarterfinals before falling to Cleveland State 63-52.

Cleveland State then advanced to the Horizon League semifinals in Indianapolis where they were defeated by IUPUI.

The final game was a matchup between the no. 1 seed IUPUI and the no. 2 seed Green Bay.

With a final score of 51-37, IUPUI took the title for the first time in their program history.

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Makenzie Hoeferlin