“We just struggled with energy — and I mean from this morning and through the day. It just felt very flat,” Nagy said.
“Everyone needs a day to just get away from each other, get away from basketball and rest their legs — and maybe more so rest their minds and spirit.”
The Raiders have a chance to do just that since their only game this week is Friday at home against rival Northern Kentucky. The Raiders have a one-game lead over the Norse in the league.
Team effort: Junior center Loudon Love had 21 points (on 8-of-21 shooting) and nine rebounds. Freshman wing Tanner Holden had just eight points but pulled down 13 boards.
The Penguins (11-9, 4-3) were the league leaders in offensive rebounding with 13.37 per game to the Raiders’ 13.35, and they won that battle, 17-15.
Bill Wampler had 16 points, Cole Gentry 11 and Trey Calvin 10.
“That’s a good win for us,” Gentry said. “They’ve got some tough dudes. (Naz) Bohannon and Loudon are the top two rebounders in the league, and Bohannon had four on offense. That’s right around his average. Sometimes you can’t simulate how hard those guys rebound.”
Homecoming: Former Wayne High School standout Darius Quisenberry, an all-league guard for YSU, had 19 points (four above his average) and six assists. But the sophomore started 0 of 5 from the field and finished 5 of 16, including 2 of 7 on 3's.
“We didn’t get the win, but I’m proud of our guys. We fought hard. On to the next one,” Quisenberry said.
Tight tussle: After trailing by as many as 11 in the second half, the Penguins cut the gap to five and had the ball with just under two minutes to go.
But Love rejected a Garrett Covington shot at the rim, and Gentry hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to usher the Raiders out of danger.
“We’ve got some guys who aren’t feeling good, but everybody else does, too. Those aren’t excuses,” Nagy said. “We’re just not very good offensively, but we’ve been better defensively these last two games. That’s what’s carried us.”
New look: Wright State wore camouflage uniforms to honor the military. They also wore them last year for the same promotion.
Coming up: The Raiders face Northern Kentucky (14-6, 6-2) at 9 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. The Norse beat visiting Cleveland State, 75-49, on Saturday for their fifth win in a row.
Northern Kentucky at Wright State, 9 p.m., ESPNU, 106.5