The Wright State men's basketball team led most of the game, only to see Valparaiso close out the game with a 14-4 run over the final 2:17 to pull out a 69-63 decision Saturday night at the Athletics Recreation Center.
Reggie Arceneaux gave the Raiders an 8-7 edge on a three-poiinter with 15:22 remaining in the first half and while WSU never trailed the rest of the half, the lead was never bigger than six and the score was tied four times.
Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as Wright State hit 12 of 25 shots while the Crusaders made nine of 18.
The Raider lead grew to as much as seven at 51-44 on a Kendall Griffin layup and the margin was four at 59-55 as Cole Darling hit two foul shots with 2:23 to play.
Ryan Broekhoff, though, started Valparaiso on its rally with a three and put the Crusaders up one with two free throws at the 1:29 mark. Arceneaux answered with a pair of his own with 1:11 to go to give WSU the 61-60 edge, but that turned out to be the final lead of the game for the Raiders as Broekhoff struck again with a layup and a later three to make it 65-61 with 26 seconds remaining.
Arceneaux hit two more at the line to cut the deficit to two, but a Matt Kenney layup and two more Broekhoff foul shots rounded out the scoring.
Valparaiso shot 48 percent for the game and was 19 of 27 at the foul line while the Raiders shot 43 percent and were 18 of 25 at the stripe.
Darling led all scorers with 22 for WSU while Arceneaux had 14 and Tavares Sledge eight points along with six rebounds.
Broekhoff finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for Valparaiso (15-5, 5-1 Horizon), with 12 of those points coming in the final 2:17. Kevin VanWijk added 18 points while Kenney had 15.
Wright State (13-5, 4-1 Horizon) continues the road swing on Monday, January 21, with a 7:00 contest at Detroit.