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PREVIEW: Wright State opens season on road at Loyola

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:15 PM
By: Doug Harris - Contributing Writer

Who: Wright State at Loyola

When: 8 p.m. Friday

TV: ESPN3

Radio: 106.5-FM

Series: Wright State leads 24-16

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-12 at Wright State and 430-252 going into his 23rd season overall. Porter Moser is 89-105 in six seasons at Loyola and 194-206 in 13 years overall, including stops at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State.

Probable Wright State starters*

Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C;5.2

Justin Mitchell;6-3;Jr.;G;11.5

Mark Hughes;6-4;Jr.;G;3.2

Louden Love;6-9;Fr.;C;NA

Alan Vest;6-3;Jr.;G;0.8

Probable Loyola starters

Aundre Jackson;6-5;Sr.;F;14.1

Marques Townes;6-4;Jr.;G;NA

Ben Richardson;6-3;Sr.;G;8.3

Donte Ingram;6-6;Sr.;G;13.6

Clayton Custer;6-1;Jr.;G;11.6

About Wright State: The Raiders graduated three starters but hope to have their leading returning scorer, Grant Benzinger, back for limited duty against Loyola as he recovers from offseason hernia surgery. … Mitchell finished second in the Horizon League in rebounds (8.3), tied for fourth in assists (4.0), eighth in field-goal percentage (53.4) and 11th in assist-turnover ratio (1.2-1.0). … The Raiders were 11-7 in the league last season for their fourth winning record in the last five seasons. … Love seems like an impact player after redshirting as a freshman last year. At 275 pounds, he’s effective inside and had a double-double in an exhibition win over Wayne State (Neb.) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mitchell had 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the game. … The Raiders play Missouri State, the Missouri Valley Conference favorite, on the road Dec. 19.

About Loyola: The Ramblers are in their fifth year in the Missouri Valley Conference since leaving the Horizon League. They went 18-14 overall last season and 8-10 in the league (they haven’t had a winning record in the MVC). They were picked third behind Missouri State and Northern Iowa in the conference preseason poll. … The Ramblers graduated their leading scorer, Doyle Milton (15.2 average), but they have a formidable starting lineup, though undersized. Jackson and Ingram were preseason first-team all-league picks. Custer averaged 3.0 assists last year, and Richardson shot 42 percent on 3-pointers. Townes is eligible this year after transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson. He averaged 11.5 points as a sophomore and had a streak of 13 straight double-figure games with a high of 26. … Loyola has 57 wins since 2014, its best three-year stretch in three decades. … Cameron Krutwig, a 6-9 freshman, came off the bench and had 10 points and nine rebounds in a 79-63 exhibition win over Lewis last week.

Coming up: The Raiders play at Miami at 7 p.m. Tuesday.