Raiders defeat Gardner-Webb

Wright State men’s basketball team defeated Gardner-Webb 67-47 on the first night of the Wright State Tournament.

First Half Highlights

Freshman Loudon Love made it 2-0 at 19:16 on a layup followed by a jumper from Parker Ernsthausen to make it 4-0.  The teams exchanged leads until the Raiders took off and led 34-24 at the halftime buzzer.  The score was tried at 20 with 6:27 remaining as WSU outscored GW 14-4.  Mark Hughes led the way with 10 points as freshman Jaylon Hall added six.  WSU shot 48% for the half, holding the Bulldogs to 33% and outrebounding GW 21-11.

Second Half Highlights

Gardner-Webb drew within three points at 14:01 at 38-35 but the Raiders responded with a 29-12 run to end the game with a 20-point lead 67-47.  Grant Bennzinger led the Raiders with 18 points and Mark Hughes added 12 points on a 4-5 night from the field.  Love finished with nine rebounds.  Tye Wilburn had nine points and six rebounds in 10 minutes.  Wright State shot 47% overall and won the boards 39-27, forcing 22 turnovers.

Next Up

The Raiders will host Jacksonville Saturday at 5 pm in the second day of the Wright State Tournament.  Gardner-Webb and Fairfield will play at 2:30 pm.  Jacksonville beat Fairfield in the first game Friday 92-84. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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