FAIRBORN, Ohio – WDTN
A 16-4 second-half run gave the Wright State men’s basketball team a lead they would not lose as the Raiders held on down the stretch for a 65-61 Horizon League win over Detroit Friday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.
The Raiders struggled early on offense as their first field goal did not come until Reggie Arceneaux connected on a three with 11:15 remaining in the first half. Arceneaux, though, added another on WSU’s next possession to cut the deficit to 14-12 and despite Detroit pushing the lead back up to 25-16 at the 5:37 mark, Wright State only trailed by one at the break at 30-29 as AJ Pacher hit a three in the final minute.
WSU missed its first eight shots of the game but made nine of its final 18 of the first half to end up at 35 percent compared to 48 percent for the Titans. The Raiders were five of 18 from behind the arc and six of six at the foul line while Detroit was two of five from three-point range and four of seven at the stripe.
Evan Bruisma gave the Titans a 35-31 edge with a layup at the 18:04 mark of the second half, but Wright State would answer with the decisive 16-4 run, a run that started with a foul shot and later three in the right corner by Chrishawn Hopkins. A dunk and back-to-back threes from Matt Vest made it 43-37 and jumpers from Vest and Arceneaux extended the lead to 47-39 with 11 minutes to play.
Detroit, however, would hang close and only trailed 62-59 as Bruinsma hit two free throws with 19.1 seconds left. A Vest foul shot followed by a Carlton Brundidge tip-in cut it to 63-61 at the 1.1-second mark, but Arceneaux sealed it with two foul shots with 0.7 seconds remaining.
The Raiders shot 45 percent in the second half to finish at 40 percent overall, includng eight of 18 three-pointers, while the Titans shot just 32 percent after halftime to end up at 39 percent, just three of 14 from three. WSU hit 19 of 25 foul shots while Detroit was 14 of 18.
Pacher led Wright State with 19 points while Vest had 11 of his 16 points in the second half. Arceneaux chipped in 15 points off the bench.
Bruinsma finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit (13-16, 6-8 Horizon) while Juwan Howard Jr. had 16 points.
Wright State (16-13, 8-6 Horizon) closes out the home portion of the regular-season schedule on Tuesday, February 25, as the Raiders host Valparaiso at 7:00. WSU’s five seniors–Cole Darling, Miles Dixon, Pacher, Vest and Jerran Young–will be honored following the game.