A 20-5 second half run lifted the men's basketball team to a 75-59 win over Houston Baptist Friday as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Mobile, Alabama.
The Huskies started quickly, jumping out to a 14-8 lead just over five minutes into the game before WSU responded with an 8-0 burst to go in front for the first time at 16-14, a run that saw Steven Davis convert a three-point play and JT Yoho connect on a three-pointer.
The two teams were later tied six times in the first half until a Kendall Griffin three-point play and five more points from Davis helped the Raiders lead at the break 36-34.
Houston Baptist shot 62 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including four of six from behind the arc, while Wright State shot 46 percent and was just one of five from three. The Raiders, however, hit 11 of 15 free throws compared to four of six for the Huskies and held a 12-0 edge in points off of turnovers as they forced HBU into 10 miscues while committing only five.
The Huskies regained the lead at 40-38 early in the second half before WSU went on its decisive run over an eight-minute span, a run that featured four three-pointers overall and eight points from Miles Dixon, who began his college career at Houston Baptist.
HBU closed to within seven twice in the final five minutes of the game, but would get no closer as Reggie Arceneaux hit a jumper on the first occasion and knocked down a three on the second to make it 67-57 with 1:54 to play.
The Raiders hit 11 of 18 shots in the second half for 61 percent, including a blistering five of six from three, to finish at 52 percent for the game and made 12 of 13 foul shots to end up at 23 of 28 for the contest. Houston Baptist, meanwhile, made just seven of 25 shots after halftime altogether and was one of eight from behind the arc. WSU also led 33-9 in points off of turnovers.
Davis led all scorers with 17 points off the bench, 11 in the first half, while Arceneaux added 15 in a reserve role as the Raiders finished with a 38-17 bench scoring advantage. Dixon had 16 points and Griffin 10.
Cody Joyce paced Houston Baptist (1-3) with 11 points while Caleb Crayton had 10.
Wright State (3-2) wraps up play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday as the Raiders face host South Alabama at 2:00 Eastern.