In a game that saw 50 fouls and 59 foul shots, the Wright State men's basketball team took control in the second half and went on to a 67-59 win over Miami Wednesday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Raiders jumped out to an 11-5 lead following a JT Yoho three from the left corner and later went up 18-11 on a Matt Vest tip-in with 5:16 remaining in the first half, only to see the RedHawks eventually take the lead at 21-19 on a Jon Harris three at the 1:36 mark. A Jerran Young layup, however, tied the game at 21 heading into the halftime break.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as WSU shot 29 percent while Miami was at 35 percent.
Baskets by Vest and Miles Dixon put Wright State ahead to stay to start the second half, but the margin was only 36-34 before an 8-0 run, half coming from Dixon, stretched the lead to double figures.
The RedHawks came as close as two at 55-53 with 1:23 to play, but 9-0 burst by WSU, capped off by a Young dunk, put the game out of reach.
The Raiders shot just 34 percent for the contest and were three of 13 from behind the arc, compared to 43 percent and eight of 18 three-point shooting for Miami, but Wright State held a decisive advantage at the foul line, hitting 30 of 38 for the game, 27 of 33 in the second half, while the RedHawks were 11 of 21 overall, nine of 15 after halftime.
Dixon led all scorers with 21 off the bench for the WSU, including 11 of 12 free throws, while Young chipped in 19 off the bench as he was 11 of 14 at the stripe. Overall, the Raider reserves outscored Miami's bench 46-30.
Allen Roberts paced Miami (3-6) with 16 off the bench while Harris had 10.
Wright State (8-3) faces a tough road test on Saturday as the Raiders head down I-75 to face #11 Cincinnati (11-0) for a 4:00 contest at Fifth Third Arena. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Ohio.