The Wright State men's basketball team led by as much as 14 in the first half, but had to hold off a Hofstra rally in the second half before defeating the Pride 63-57 Saturday afternoon in Hempstead, New York.
The Raiders scored the first six points of the contest and later led 25-11 following a Cole Darling three-pointer with 11:23 remaining in the first half. An 11-1 Hofstra cut the deficit to 31-27 before WSU tallied the final five points of the period to go up 36-27 at the break.
Wright State shot 48 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including seven of 15 from behind the arc, while the Pride shot 40 percent, but were just two of nine from three-point range.
A Reggie Arceneaux jumper pushed the WSU advantage to 40-29 with 16:25 to play, only to see Hofstra folow with eight straight points. A David Imes three made it 42-41 with 8:51 remaining, but the Raiders maintained the lead on baskets by Darling and Arceneaux and eventually build it back up to nine at 58-49 on a Darling jumper with 1:09 to go.
Wright State then hit five of six foul shots in the final minute to preserve the victory.
WSU shot 40 percent for the game compared to 36 percent for Hofstra.
Darling led all scorers with 25 points for the Raiders and had a near double-double as he had nine rebounds. Arceneaux added 13 while Miles Dixon had eight off the bench.
Jordan Allen paced Hofstra (3-8) with 13 points while Stephen Nwaukoni had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and Tara Buie had 11 points.
Wright State (7-3) will take on two local rivals next week as the Raiders host Miami on Wednesday, December 19, at 8:00 before facing Cincinnati on the road on Saturday, December 22, at 4:00. The Miami game is the third game of a tripleheader at WSU's Nutter Center and will follow the Raider women taking on Western Kentucky at 5:30.