KENT, Ohio – The Wright State men’s basketball team saw a 17-point second half lead shrink to two late before scoring the final three points of the game in holding on for a 68-63 victory at Kent State Sunday afternoon.
A pair of threes by Mark Alstork gave the Raiders a quick 6-0 lead and another triple, this time from Steven Davis, pushed the margin into double figures at 18-8 with 12:50 remaining in the first half.
The Golden Flashes, though, gradually chipped away and eventually took what turned out to be their only lead of the game at 24-23 on a Jimmy Hall jumper at the 5:50 mark.
WSU, however, answered with an Alstork layup and a Mark Hughes three to go back in front and went up 34-27 on a Grant Benzinger three before heading into the halftime break ahead 36-32.
Wright State shot 52 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including eight of 14 from three-point range, while Kent State shot 44 percent and was just three of 14 from behind the arc.
The Raiders continued their strong shooting in the early stage of the second half and took its biggest lead of the contest at 61-44 on a Ryan Custer three with 9:33 remaining.
KSU, though,would rally from there, outscoring WSU 19-4 over the next seven minutes to cut the deficit to 65-63 with still 2:41 to play.
The Flashes, however, would get no closer as they went scoreless the rest of the way. Benzinger hit one of two free throws with 14 seconds left and Davis connected on a pair with four seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Wright State shot 45 percent overall for the game, including 12 of 25 three-pointers, while Kent State shot 34 percent, making six of 26 from three.
Alstork finished with a game-high 25 to pace the Raiders while Davis added 14 and Benzinger nine. Justin Mitchell gathered 11 rebounds.
Wright State (8-4) wraps up the nonleague portion of its schedule on Thursday, December 22, with an 8:00 Eastern game at Murray State.