February 7, 2014
FAIRBORN — Down most of the first half, the Wright State men’s basketball team combined for a 24-8 run to end that period and start the second half en route to a 77-67 Horizon League win over Youngstown State, Wednesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.
Back-to-back threes from Ryan Weber gave the Penguins an early 8-2 advantage and YSU maintained the lead, until a Jerran Young layup and two Cole Darling free throws gave the Raiders a 17-16 edge with 10:35 remaining in the first half.
Youngstown State, though, regained the lead with a Kendrick Perry three and eventually went up 27-20 on two Weber foul shots with 7:43 left.
The margin was still six at 29-23 following a Perry jumper at the 5:58 mark, but the rest of the half would be controlled by Wright State as the Raiders started their decisive run with six straight points, the final four coming on a layup and two free throws by JT Yoho.
After YSU’s Bobby Hain broke the string with a layup, a Young free throw, a Chrishawn Hopkins triple and a Darling basket gave the Raiders the lead for good at 35-31 heading into halftime.
Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as WSU was at 44 percent compared to 42 percent for the Penguins, but the Raiders also hit four of nine threes and were 11 of 14 at the foul line while Youngstown State was three of 11 from behind the arc and a perfect six for six at the stripe.
Following baskets from Yoho to start the second half, scores from Darling and A.J. Pacher along with two Darling foul shots extended the Raider lead to 47-37 with 16:04 to play. Two more free throws from Darling and Reggie Arceneaux made it 54-40 and YSU would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Wright State hit 12 of 20 shots after halftime and was 16 of 21 at the line during that stretch to end up at 27 of 35 for the game. Youngstown State, meanwhile, shot 46 percent for the game and was 17 of 18 at the line. The Raiders also led 25-13 in points off of turnovers despite just a 14-12 differential in turnovers for the game.
Darling led WSU with 20 points, including 10 of 12 free throws, while Hopkins had 11, Young 10 and Pacher 10. The four combined combined to give the Raiders 51 points off the bench compared to just seven for the Penguins. Yoho also reached double figures as he finished with 11.
Weber paced Youngstown State (13-11, 4-5 Horizon) with 21 points while Perry had 16 and Hain 12 along with nine rebounds.
Wright State (14-12, 6-5 Horizon) hosts Cleveland State at 1 p.m. Saturday, a game that will be televised on ESPN2.
Story submitted by Wright State University.