Raiders vs. NKU Men’s Basketball Jan. 24 | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
On Friday night, Raiders packed the Nutter Center to watch Wright State University (WSU) defend their first place Horizon League title against Northern Kentucky University (NKU).
WSU won the tip-off and did not let down once. Staying in the lead for the entire game, the final score was 95-63.
As league rivals, the game was suspected to be a close one, but the Raiders had different plans.
At the beginning of the month, NKU played the University of Illinois bringing home a win of 68-52. Just two days later on Jan. 12, WSU played the same exact team and lost 72-76.
Such a big lead for WSU came as a surprise to many, but it only fueled the energy in the Nutter Center.
With a win margin of 32 points, this game was the third-largest victory margin against NKU, only falling behind games played when both teams were still in Division II.
A total of six WSU players ended the night in double digits: G Tanner Holden (2), C Loudon Love (11), G Cole Gentry (31), F Bill Wampler (1), G Jalon Hall (0), and G Trey Calvin (10).
Holden and Love led the team in points, both with double-doubles. Holden had 20 points and 13 rebounds while Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Trey Calvin made four three-pointers, earning his 12 points. Bill Wampler was another high scorer of the night with 19 points, just behind Holden.
The Raiders are now 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the Horizon League.
The game was definitely one to remember, with over 6,000 in attendance sporting free t-shirts and glow sticks.
It all started with Raider Roundup up 7:30 p.m., put together by nine different organizations on campus. The event included activities for students such as free food, giveaways, raffles, live performances, and a spirit station.
WSU Head Coach Scott Nagy also coached barefoot in support of Samaritan’s feet.
Governor of Ohio Mike Dewine made a special appearance at the game and even posed for a picture with the student section.