Marion Local’s Luke Knapke helps Toledo down Wright State

DAYTON – The Wright State Raiders men’s basketball team dropped an 82-78 game to the visiting Toledo Rockets in a Saturday night matchup despite a career-high 39 points from Mark Alstork.

“We really fought,” Wright State Coach Scott Nagy said. “Our kids played hard, but just about in every category they beat us, not by much, but they beat us.”

The Raiders team saw Toledo score eight of the final 10 points to get the come-from-behind win at Wright State’s Nutter Center.

“We certainly played well enough to win you,” stated Nagy. “Have to give them some credit. They started four seniors…big…which is going to be a little bit of our kryptonite because we’re not very big and not very physical and they are both. I thought our kids fought.”

Marie Stein native Luke Knapke drilled a trey to give him three points on the night and grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes of play for the Rockets.

Knapke, a 6’11” redshirt freshman lettered four years in basketball and three years in golf while playing for the Marion Local Flyers and earned Ohio Hoops Division IV second-team all-state honors as a senior.

Wright State 6’5” junior Mark Alstork was 15-25 from the field including 3-9 from three point range to lead the Raiders with 39 points, just six points shy of a team record.

“I would rather trade them in for a win,” Alstork said of his game leading 39 points. “We hate losing more than we like winning.”

“Toledo is going to present problems for everybody,” noted Coach Nagy. “They are good offensively. They came into tonight with three guys averaging over 16 points a game. I’m guessing in Division I there is not another team that has that. They put a lot of guys on the court that can score…they are hard to guard.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Mark Alstork scores two of his game high 39 points for Wright State against Toledo University (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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