After being down much of the first half, the Wright State men’s basketball team shot 62 percent in scoring 44 points in the second half to defeat Detroit 70-57 in the Horizon League opener for both teams Friday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.
10 straight points, including back-to-back threes from Juwan Howard, Jr., gave the Titans a 13-4 lead nearly eight minutes into the contest and Detroit maintained the advantage for most of the first half until a Grant Benzinger three gave WSU a two-point edge at 24-22 with 2:55 remaining, an edge the Raiders held going into the halftime break at 26-24.
Both teams struggled offensively in the opening 20 minutes as Wright State shot 38 percent overall, but was just one of 10 from three-point range, while the Titans shot 29 percent despite hitting three of six three-pointers.
Detroit regained the lead at 30-26 by scoring the first six points of the second half before a Michael Karena foul shot and a Reggie Arceneaux three tied it. Another Howard three put the Titans up 35-34 at the 16:13, but that turned out to be the final lead of the game for Detroit as the Raiders answered with a 9-0 run, four of those coming from JT Yoho.
The Titans closed to within six on yet another Howard three, only to see WSU put the game out of reach with another 9-0 burst to make it 55-40 with 10 minutes to play.
Detroit would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Wright State hit 18 of 29 shots the final 20 minutes for 62 percent, inlcuding six of nine threes, and finished at 50 percent overall while the Titans shot 35 percent for the contest altogether and were eight of 13 from behind the arc. The Raiders also led 38-18 in points in the paint.
Yoho led all scorers with 18 for WSU, 13 in the second half, and collected eight rebounds while Karena had 14 points and Joe Thomasson 10 points and nine boards.
Howard paced Detroit (6-9, 0-1 Horizon) with 15 points while Chris Jenkins had 14.
Wright State (9-6, 1-0 Horizon) hits the road for a pair of league games next week, taking on Green Bay on Monday, January 5, at 8:00 Eastern followed by Youngstown State on Thursday, January 8, at 7:00.
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