The Wright State men’s basketball team jumped out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back in cruising to a 73-57 Horizon League win over Milwaukee Tuesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.
After the Raiders got out to the quick 10-1 advantage just 3:25 into the contest, the Panthers closed to within five at 16-11 on a Kyle Kelm three-point play at the 8:14 mark of the first half. WSU, however, followed with a 12-3 burst, capped off by threes from Reggie Arceneaux and AJ Pacher, and closed out the period with a 39-21 lead on a three from JT Yoho.
Wright State shot 46 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including four of eight three-pointers, and was perfect in nine free throw attempts while Milwaukee hit just six of 24 shots and was seven of 14 at the line.
UWM cut the deficit to 43-34 on a Matt Tiby layup with 14:44 remaining, but the Panthers would get no closer as the Raiders answered with seven straight points and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
WSU shot 45 percent for the game compared to 42 percent for Milwaukee, who shot 58 percent in the second half. The Raiders were 22 of 25 at the line while the Panthers were 14 of 24. Wright State also led 16-6 in points off of turnovers.
Jerran Young led the Raiders with 19 points off the bench on seven-of-10 shooting while Pacher had 12 and Cole Darling added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Kelm paced Milwaukee (13-8, 3-4 Horizon) with 16 points while Jordan Aaron had 15.
Wright State (13-9, 5-2 Horizon) now hits the road for three straight, starting on Saturday, January 25, with a 7:00 contest at Youngstown State.