WSU better on the boards
FAIRBORN — To begin a season that held concerns about size, the Wright State basketball team was outrebounded by 20 at Indiana.
With interior starters Johann Mpondo and Cooper Land at 220 and 230 pounds, respectively, WSU coach Billy Donlon has said throughout the season the Raiders’ performance on the boards could be a problem. But, in the past two games, Wright State has shown some grit.
Playing Central Michigan and Miami University, physical teams from the Mid-American Conference, WSU held rebounding advantages of 18 and seven, two of its best of the season. The Raiders (7-5), who have won four straight, hope that trend continues when they travel to face Charlotte (5-6) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“They’re very athletic, they have tremendous size, which scares me from a rebounding and post-up standpoint and fouling standpoint on the road,” Donlon said of Charlotte, an Atlantic 10 member that upset Tennessee last week.
WSU’s help is coming from more sources. Guard Vaughn Duggins leads the team in rebounding at 4.1 per game, but on Saturday in Wright State’s 66-51 victory against Miami, Mpondo grabbed five boards and 6-7 freshman Cole Darling added four.
Donlon said the Raiders are showing better effort, which helps in those statistics.
“It was the first time you could feel a sense of urgency from everybody, not just the older guys,” Donlon said of the Miami game. “That’s important.”
Hitting the boards
Two of WSU’s top three rebounding margin games have come in the past 3:
Opponent CMU (Game 11) Northwood (Game 2) Miami (Game 12)
Next Game Who:
Wright State (7-5) at Charlotte (5-6)
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
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