Men Hang On for 46-43 Win Over Bowling Green
The Wright State men's basketball team led by as much as 14 in the second half, but had to hold off a Bowling Green rally in the final minutes before defeating the Falcons 46-43 Sunday afternoon at WSU's Nutter Center.
The two teams were tied five times in the first half before the Raiders went up 18-14 on two Miles Dixon foul shots followed by a Jerran Young jumper at the 5:50 mark. Layups from Reggie Arceneaux and Kendall Griffin extended the margin to 22-17 and WSU went into the break with a 26-19 advantage on a Matt Vest fast-break score.
Despite missing all 10 three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes, Wright State still shot 38 percent from the field compared to 36 percent for Bowling Green, who was just one of seven behind the arc.
The Raiders opened the second half with a 7-3 run, five of those coming from AJ Pacher, and held their biggest lead of the game at 38-24 on a Pacher three-point play with 11:23 remaining.
The margin was still in double figures at 42-31 on a Dixon basket with 8:33 to play before the Falcons used an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to four. A later Richaun Holmes three-point play made it 45-42 at the 2:18 mark and it was a two-point game as Holmes connected on one of two at the line with 1:46 left.
Bowling Green had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but a Vest steal resulted in Dixon hitting the first of two free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining. Dixon missed the second, but a three-point attempt by Holmes from the left wing to force overtime went long as time expired.
The Falcons shot 53 percent in the second half to end up at 44 percent overall compared to 37 percent for WSU. The Raiders also missed all 13 of their three-point attempts, marking the first time that Wright State had not made a three in a game since going 0 for 8 on February 2, 2006 against Milwaukee.
The Raiders, though, had 10 more field goal attempts thanks in part to forcing 21 turnovers while committing 13 and collecting 11 offensive rebounds and went 10 of 17 at the foul line while Bowling Green was seven of 14.
Pacher had a near double-double of 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for WSU while Dixon had 13 off the bench.
Holmes paced Bowling Green (6-6) with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Spencer Parker had 11.
Wright State (8-7) opens Horizon League play on Thursday, January 2, as the Raiders welcome in league newcomer Oakland. Tip-off is at 7:00.