WSU bet­ter on the boards

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Kyle Nagel Staff Writer

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:

Mar­gin

+18

+10

+7

Wright State (7-5) at Char­lotte (5-6)

When:

7:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day

Ra­dio:

WONE-AM (980)

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