Wright State loses third straight in Florida tourney, falls to 1-5

Wright State guard Trey Calvin goes up for two against Cleveland State during a Horizon League game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn Jan. 16, 2021. Calvin scored 11 points on Wednesday in the Raiders' loss to Long Beach State in the Naples Invitational. Dayton Daily News file photo
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Wright State guard Trey Calvin goes up for two against Cleveland State during a Horizon League game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn Jan. 16, 2021. Calvin scored 11 points on Wednesday in the Raiders' loss to Long Beach State in the Naples Invitational. Dayton Daily News file photo

Wright State coach Scott Nagy is still waiting for the team he thought he’d have this season to show up.

The Raiders were knocked off for the third straight time in the Naples Invitational to fall to 1-5 — 0-5 against Division I foes — and their five-game losing streak is the program’s longest since dropping 10 in a row in 2014-15.

Long Beach State, which lost its first two games in the event by a combined 63 points, overcame a seven-point, second-half deficit to pull out an 85-76 victory Wednesday.

Long Beach State (2-4) shot 52% from the field, had a 38-27 rebounding edge and scored 38 points over the last 10:38 as Wright State finished eighth in the eight-team tourney.

“We’re just not good enough defensively,” Nagy said on his post-game radio show. “We honestly could play a 2-3 zone and do what we’re doing defensively.

“At some point, I think as a coach, I’ve got to quit being stubborn and figure out another way for us to be able to stay in games and guard better.”

The Raiders overcame a six-point halftime deficit and took a 48-41 lead with 13:39 to go.

They still had a 55-48 edge with 10:15 left.

But Long Beach went on a 12-2 surge for a 60-57 lead with 7:32 to go.

Trailing by seven, the Raiders made one last push.

A three-point play by Grant Basile cut it to 68-64. Long Beach scored, but Trey Calvin knocked down a 3 to make it 70-67 with 5:08 to go.

But Long Beach surged to a 76-68 edge with 2:58 left and was never threatened again.

Tanner Holden had 21 points, tallying 70 in the three games. Basile scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half after experiencing early foul trouble.

Calvin shook his slump — 3 of 21 from the field and 1 of 12 on 3s in the last two games — to score 12 points.

Back-up sophomore guard Andrew Welage surpassed his career high of six points on a 3 with eight minutes to go in the first half, finishing with 11 overall.

And 6-foot-9 freshman A.J. Braun showed some promise while seeing his first action, scoring a combined 22 points in the three games.

Top subs Alex Huibregtse and Riley Voss missed the tourney because of injuries.

“We just got pushed around,” Nagy said. “Went the second half yesterday (against James Madison) and the first half today without anybody getting an offensive rebound. And it isn’t like we were shooting it great.

“We went a whole game, back-to-back halves, with no one getting an offensive rebound. All the things we’re used to — being great at rebounding, being great at defense — we have none of it right now. And on top of that, we’re not very good offensively. That’s a bad combination.”

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