FAIRBORN, Ohio – The Wright State men’s basketball team weathered a scoring run from Oakland midway through the second half on Saturday night, downing the visiting Golden Grizzlies 83-71 to remain in the top spot in the Horizon League standings.
The Raiders (21-5, 11-2 HL) have now won nine straight contests at home and remained undefeated in Horizon League play inside the Nutter Center. Wright State now prepares to close out the homestand next week with the final two home games of the regular season, beginning on Friday night with a nationally televised game against UIC slated for a 9 p.m. tipoff.
Saturday night Wright State used a 14-2 scoring run midway through the first half to push out to a 10-point lead, a mark they extended up to 17 points late in the half before taking a 49-34 lead into the locker room. Oakland came out firing in the second half, trimming the Raider lead to nine at the under-16 media timeout before using a 12-3 scoring run over the next four-minute stretch to pull to within two points at 59-57. Both sides traded quick 6-0 runs and the margin remained at two with just over seven minutes to go as they traded baskets.
Coming out of the final media timeout of the night with 3:01 remaining, Oakland’s Brad Brechting hit a pair of free throws to pull the visitor’s to within five points, but the Raiders clamped down defensively and shutout the Golden Grizzlies over the final minutes, scoring the final seven points of the night and holding Oakland to a 0-of-3 mark from the floor with a pair of turnovers to seal the victory.
Wright State had four players finish with double figure scoring nights, led by Bill Wampler’s 20 points. Wampler was 6-of-10 from the floor Saturday night, including four three’s, while Tanner Holden added 18 points (6-of-8 shooting) – 14 of which came in the second half. Cole Gentry collected 16 points to go along with a game-high six assists and Loudon Love tallied the night’s lone double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
After shooting 62 percent in the opening 20 minutes, the Raiders finished the night at 52 percent (27-of-52), while Oakland climbed up to a final mark of 42 percent (25-of-60) after shooting just 36 percent in the first half. Wright State connected on 11 three-point baskets (11-of-20, 55 percent) while Oakland hit just three (3-of-15, 42 percent) of its attempts, all coming in the first half. Each side connected on 18 free throws (24 attempts, Wright State / 23 attempts, Oakland) and the Raiders had a 38-31 edge on the glass, pulling down 31 defensive rebounds on the night.
Oakland had four players finish in double-digits, led by Xavier Hill-Mais’ game-high 21 points, while Rashad Williams added 18 points, Tray Maddox Jr. had 15 and Daniel Oladapo added 10 points.