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NCAA Tournament First Round: Wright State goes cold, falls to Tennessee

The Horizon League champs couldn’t get it going

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Wright State vs Tennessee
Scott Nagy’s Wright State Raiders bowed out of the NCAA Tournament.
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Wright State’s dream of being a Cinderella team in this year’s NCAA Tournament came to a crashing halt today in Dallas. 3 seed Tennessee dominated from start to finish, ending the Raiders’ season.

73-47 was the final.

The Horizon League tournament champion Raiders couldn’t find the shooting touch, making just 32 percent of their shots, and they struggled particularly from deep, making just four of 21 attempts from long range.

The much more athletic Volunteers (26-8) dominated the boards with a 44-32 advantage, and they led the contest in all but 15 seconds. Three Vols finished in double figures as Lamonte Turner came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points.

The play of Admiral Schofield (15 points and 12 rebounds) and Grant Williams (14 points and nine rebounds) controlled the offense and the glass.

Loudon Love demonstrated his bright future in the loss. The 6’9 freshman, who nearly averaged a double-double this season, scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Everett Winchester was the Raiders’ only other double digit scorer.

Tennessee awaits the winner of the Loyola vs. Miami game later today.