Raiders

Wright State felt Ti­tans ran up the score the last time the teams met.

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Doug Har­ris Con­tribut­ing Writer

Wright State coach Scott Nagy and his FAIR­BORN — play­ers didn’t ex­actly ap­pre­ci­ate what Detroit Mercy and An­toine Davis did the last time the teams met.

It wasn’t so much that he torched them for 48 points. The na­tion’s sec­ond-lead­ing scorer is go­ing to have games like that. But what galled the

Raiders was how the son of coach

Mike Davis was still play­ing at the end of a

79-58 blowout win.

Nagy was clearly peeved on his post-game ra­dio show, say­ing his team needed to use that for fuel in the re­match.

“Our kids bet­ter re­mem­ber it, and we’d bet­ter make it right,” he said.

They did re­mem­ber it.

And they did make it right.

Loudon Love had 17 points and eight re­bounds, and Mark Hughes scored 12 on four 3-point­ers to lead Wright State to an 83-60 Hori­zon League win be­fore 5,045 fans at the Nut­ter Cen­ter on Satur­day.

The Raiders (15-11, 9-4) h eld Davis, who was av­er­ag­ing 27.1, to a sea­son-low 17 points on 7-of-18 shoot­ing.

Asked af­ter the game about the first meet­ing, Nagy chose his words care­fully.

“Peo­ple see that. They see it. It was pretty ev­i­dent they left him out there try­ing to get 50. And

whether he gets it or not, who cares? For us, with a lead like that, I’d be more con­cerned about peo­ple getting in­jured in garbage time.

“We took our medicine last time. Our kids were ready. Our guys played hard.”

Hughes, the pri­mary de­fender on the fresh­man star, ad­mit­ted he had an is­sue with the quest for 50.

“I felt like they left him in just so he could score points,” he said. “We un­der­stood, be­ing a coach’s son, you get all the shots, and ev­ery play is called for you.

“He’s a re­ally tal­ented player, don’t get me wrong. But I think we did feel (dis­re­spected), es­pe­cially me, up in Detroit. We weren’t go­ing for that in this game.”

With 14:43 to go and the Raiders hold­ing a 52-37 lead, Mike Davis was tagged with two tech­ni­cals and ejected while jaw­ing with of­fi­cials af­ter his son took a hard foul from Love on a drive and ended up sprawled out on the court.

He also barked at Love be­fore leav­ing.

The Ti­tans (9-16, 6-7) ex­ited the arena af­ter the game quickly and weren’t avail­able for in­ter­views.

“When some­one is that tal­ented and can score around the (3-point) arc, when he comes into the paint, I’m go­ing to try to wall up the best I can,” Love said. “I tried to turn a lit­tle bit and not hit him, but he landed pretty hard.

“I kind of got up­set and of­fended when the dude came out and was telling me I was try­ing to stomp on his kid, which was not the case at all. It was a lit­tle out­ra­geous. But when you can stop their best player from getting a free layup, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Bench help: Fresh­men subs Malachi Smith and Skye­lar Pot­ter had 14 each for the Raiders, who have won six of their last seven games. It was Smith’s sec­ond straight dou­ble-fig­ure game af­ter notch­ing only two in the first 24 out­ings.

Big ef­fort: Se­nior cen­ter Parker Ern­sthausen chipped in nine points — his most since scor­ing 11 at Mis­sis­sippi State on Dec. 22 — with a ca­reer-high six as­sists and five re­bounds.

Mov­ing up: Cole Gen­try went 2 of 2 on foul shots and im­proved to 72 of 76 this sea­son for 94.7 per­cent. The school record is 94.9.

Class­room stal­warts: Wright State held a half­time cer­e­mony to honor dozens of ath­letes who achieved at least a 3.0 GPA for the first se­mes­ter. Eight bas­ket­ball play­ers were rec­og­nized: Love, Ern­sthausen, Hughes, Gen­try, Alan Vest, Bill Wampler, Adam Giles and An­drew Neff.

Com­ing up: Wright State hosts first-place North­ern Ken­tucky (20-6, 10-3) at 9 p.m. Fri­day on ESPNU.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY JOSEPH CRAVEN

Wright State cen­ter Loudon Love scored 17 points and had eight re­bounds in Satur­day night’s 83-60 win over Detroit Mercy.

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