Raiders Bounce Back After Loss


Mandatory Photo Credit: Tim G. Zechar

Wright State’s Men only had Saturday to recover from their first home loss of the season to league-leading Green Bay on Friday night.  The Raiders would have a quick turn around as they traveled Saturday for a 1:00 P.M. tip Sunday at Cleveland State.  The teams entered the contest tied for second in the Horizon League at 3-2, and Wright State was looking for only its second true road win of the season.  The Raiders (12-9, 4-2) led by as many as 13 with eight minutes remaining in the game, and held on for a narrow 49-46 victory over the Vikings (11-9, 3-3).

The visiting Raiders were looking to get off to a quick start at the Wolstein Center, and jumped out to an early 11-5 lead, only to see CSU respond with a run of their own to take a 19-14 advantage.  Wright State would finish the first half with nine straight points capped off by a Miles Dixon buzzer beater to hold a 29-23 advantage at the break.  The visitors would hold the lead the rest of the way, including a 44-31 spread with eight minutes to go as Kendall Griffin capped off a 8-0 run with a three point basket.  However, Cleveland State would score 15 of the final 20 points and make it an interesting finish, missing a would-be tying three pointer at the buzzer.

Jon Harris led all scorers and recorded a double-double off of the bench for the Vikings, tallying 17 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes.  Jeran Young, coming off of the bench as well,  led the Raiders with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.  Both teams shot the ball poorly, 33.3% for WSU and 32.7% for CSU, accounting for the low final score.

Next up for the Raiders:

Wright State will finish out a series of three games in five days as the team hosts Milwaukee (13-7, 3-3) on Tuesday at 7 P.M.

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