Preview: Youngstown State at Wright State


Preview: Youngstown State at Wright State


Who: Youngstown State (16-13, 7-8) at Wright State (18-11, 9-6)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Nutter Center

Radio: 100.3, Sports Time Ohio, Time Warner Ch. 99

Probable Wright State starters

Matt Vest, 6-5, Jr., G, 5.4

Kendall Griffin, 6-4, So., G, 6.2

AJ Pacher, 6-10, Jr., F, 4.8

Joe Bramanti, 6-2, Fr., G, 1.5

Jerran Young, 6-6, Jr., F, 7.8

Probable Youngstown starters

Damian Eargle, 6-7, Sr., F, 12.3

Kamren Belin, 6-7, Jr., F, 8.2

Blake Allen, 6-1, Sr., G, 11.3

D.J. Cole, 5-11, So., G, 5.6

Ryan Weber, 6-6, Fr., F, 2.3

About Wright State: This is the final regular-season game for both teams. … The Raiders lead the all-time series 36-9, but they have lost two straight to the Penguins after winning eight in a row. Wright State lost 68-61 at Youngstown on Jan. 23. Eargle led the Penguins with 18 points. Jerran Young scored 18 for the Raiders. He had 10 points in the last two minutes as the Raiders tried to rally from a double-digit deficit. … Cole Darling will miss his fourth straight game with an injured foot.

About Youngstown State: The Penguins are 3-5 in their last eight games. They lost 73-64 at Valparaiso on Tuesday. They led by 13 points early and 40-33 at halftime, but Valpo opened the second half on a 20-5 run. Allen scored 22, and Cole had 15. … The team’s leading scorer on the season, junior guard Kenrick Perry (16.9 points per game), has missed the last two games after injuring his knee in practice. Weber has replaced him in the starting lineup. Perry had 14 points in the first game against the Raiders. … Youngstown is tied for fifth with Illinois-Chicago. UIC has the tiebreaker if the teams remain tied after today because it swept the Penguins. UIC hosts Detroit at 2 p.m.

Coach Billy Donlon on Youngstown State: “Their transition offense is as good as you’ll find, and we’ve had a hard time with our transition defense the last two games. Allen, Eargle, Belin and Perry — he’s been hurt; we don’t know if he’ll play or not — they’ve got four really good guys who can score the basketball. It’ll be a challenge to defend them. And you’ve got to score at the other end. They switch almost every screen. You’ve got to attack the paint. You’ve got to drive the ball inside in order to have a chance to beat them.”

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