CHARLESTON, SC – Behind a career-high 25 points from JT Yoho and four others in double figures, the Wright State men’s basketball team shot 58 percent in winning 86-79 at Charleston Southern Saturday night.
The Raiders hit their first six shots, including a pair of threes from Reggie Arceneaux, to jump out to a 14-5 lead just 3:13 into the contest. The Buccaneers cut the deficit to two on two occasions, only to see WSU push the margin back into double figures at 33-20 at the 5:19 mark on another Arceneaux three.
Charleston Southern stormed back to within four late in the half, but a desperation three at the buzzer by Yoho gave Wright State a 42-35 halftime advantage.
WSU hit 17 of 31 shots in the opening 20 minutes for 55 percent, including six of 11 from three-point range, while the Buccaneers shot 36 percent overall and were just three of 15 from behind the arc. Charleston Southern, though, had a 10-3 edge in offensive rebounds, which resulted in a 13-2 differential in second-chance points.
A Grant Benzinger three gave the Raiders their biggest lead of the night at 59-45 with 13:05 to play, but again CSU would make a comeback, trimming the deficit to 66-63 at the nine-minute mark.
Yoho, however, followed with five straight points and the lead eventually grew back in double figures at 80-69 on two free throws by Joe Thomasson with 2:11 left.
WSU continued its hot shooting in the second half, scorching the nets for 62 percent the final 20 minutes to finish at 58 percent overall, including 10 of 19 from behind the arc. The Raiders also made 16 of 19 foul shots and had a 16-8 edge in points off of turnovers.
Charleston Southern (2-1), meanwhile, shot 42 percent for the game and dominated second-chance points by a 26-2 count.
Yoho, in his first action of the season, came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, besting the 20 he scored on January 30, 2014, at Milwaukee and against Evansville on February 23, 2013. He was 10 of 17 from the field, including three of five three-pointers, and also had seven rebounds.
Thomasson added a near double-double of 16 points and nine rebounds along with five assists and three blocks, while Chrishawn Hopkins had 14 points, Arceneaux 11 and Steven Davis 10.
Wright State (3-1) heads back to South Carolina next weekend for the Spartanburg Marriott Upstate Classic, taking on Cal State Fullerton (Thursday at 6 pm), Florida International (Friday at 3:30 pm) and host USC Upstate (Saturday at 6 pm).