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Raider Basketball: Loudon Love returns to success on the court

Wright State Men's Basketball, Loudon Love returns | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State Men’s Basketball, Loudon Love returns | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

After a brief hiatus for a shoulder injury, C Loudon Love (11) has returned to the court and racked up the points for the Raiders.

Success after injury

On Nov. 26, Love suffered a shoulder injury during a game against La Salle and was suspected to be out for four-to-six weeks.

A little over a month later, Love returned to the game against Green Bay as a starting player for the Raiders. He earned his fourth double-double of the season with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Two days later, Love scored another double-digit game against Milwaukee with 16 points.

Horizon League Player of the Week

With his huge success after returning to the court, Love was named Horizon League Player of the Week on New Year’s Eve.

Love leads the team in scoring and rebounding for the season with an average of 9.3 points per game and 14.1 rebounds per game.

Last season, Love finished with 15.1 average points per game and 8.2 average rebounds per game, which was third best in the Horizon League.

He was also a First Team All League member with a total of 12 double-doubles.

Love is well on his way to doing just as well or better than his last season averages.

Against Detroit Mercy last week, Love scored another double-double with 23 points and a career high of 20 rebounds.

Lou Henson Award midseason watch list

Thursday, Love was named to the Lou Henson Award midseason watch list.

The award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division 1 mid-major player in honor of Henson, a former Illinois and New Mexico state coach, who won 775 games in 41 seasons.

Henson is one of only 11 coaches to take two different schools to the NCAA final four.

Love being named to the list means that he could possibly receive the award in April.

Makenzie Hoeferlin

Editor-in Chief