Raiders travel to face Purdue on Tuesday night

DAYTON – The Wright State men’s basketball team hit the road for the first time this season as the Raiders travel to face Marshall on Friday night in the first of five straight road games. The Raiders just picked up a season opener Tuesday night over Lake Erie, while Marshall kicks off his season on Friday.

Fans can follow the action in a number of ways: via live stats, watching on ESPN +, or tune in to WZDA 103.9 FM, Raider Basketball’s new home on the radio. Chris Collins and Jim Brown will have all the play-by-play on the radio.


Grant Basil recorded a career-high 37 points on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as Wright State lost 96-88 on the road to Marshall. The Raiders saw Basile score 22 points in the second half before committing a foul with just over three minutes to go. Basile ended the night with a 12-for-21 shooting night overall, totaling 12 points on the free throw board as he added five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Playing 45 minutes from his hometown, Tanner holden was the other double-digit goalscorer for the Raiders, finishing with 25 points, including 15 in the second half, on 8 of 18 shots from the ground while adding eight points on the board.

Wright State and Purdue face off for the first time in program history when the Raiders make the trip to Mackey Arena. The Raiders will become the 12th and last of 12 current Horizon League members that Purdue has faced. The Boilermakers have faced Detroit Mercy 17 times, with 26 games combined against other HL programs, with all six of Purdue Fort Wayne in second. Purdue is 4,132 all-time against the Horizon League, including a 34-2 record at home. Purdue’s match with Robert Morris took place before RMU’s transfer to Horizon, while the Boilermakers also faced off against Butler on several occasions when Butler was a member of the HL. Purdue will face a current Horizon League member for the ninth consecutive season. Purdue’s three losses to Horizon League teams came against Detroit Mercy (Dec. 1959), Green Bay (Dec. 1991) and Milwaukee (Jan. 26, 2005).

Purdue opened the 2021-22 campaign with back-to-back home wins in the first week of the season, defeating Bellarmine on November 9 (96-67) and Indiana State on November 12 (92-67). Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey have been named preseason All-Americans by almost every publication. Purdue has had an All-American in five of the past six years and has finished in the top four of the Big Ten standings in 10 of the past 14 seasons under head coach Matt Painter. Head coach Matt Painter competes in Tuesday’s competition tied with Jud Heathcote for seventh place on the Big Ten’s all-time winning list (182).

Grant Basil reset his career points record in two of Wright State’s last three games, dating back to last season. Basil finished last season with 35 points, the best at the time, in the Raiders’ Horizon League tournament loss to Milwaukee last March, going 11 of 18 from the floor with a mark of 12. on 15 from the free throw board. Basil scored 37 road points on Nov. 12 at Marshall, including 22 points in the second half, as he scored 12 of 21 from the floor while hitting 12 of 14 from the strip.

Basil was named the season’s first Horizon League Player of the Week, the League office said on Monday, after posting a career-high 37 points on Friday night as the Raiders hit the road against Marshall and were finishing the first week. of game with an average of 25.0 points per game through a pair of contests. Against Marshall, Basile was 12 of 21 from the floor and added a mark of 12 of 14 from the free throw strip. He shoots 62 percent off the ground early in the season with a 6 of 8 shooting night with 13 points in a win over Lake Erie, scoring his first double-double after adding 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Former Wright State star Bill Edwards, who tops the Raiders’ all-time scoring list, is a somewhat familiar name to Purdue fans, as his son Vincent played for the 2014 Boilermakers. to 2018. Bill Edwards played in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers (1993-94) and had a 12-year career in Europe. He was also a member of the US Senior Men’s Bronze Medalist team at the 1998 FIBA ​​World Championship. He previously appeared at the top of the goals and rebounds lists at Wright State before Love Loudon supplanted it from the rebound launched last season.

Tanner holden was named to the Lou Henson Award preseason watchlist on Nov. 4. The award is presented annually to the country’s best Division I mid-major player. Holden’s selection follows Henson’s recognition from former Raider Love Loudon, named to Lou Henson’s All-America team for the past three consecutive seasons.

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