The Wright State men's basketball team could not overcome a 50 percent shooting night by Youngstown State as the Raiders dropped a 68-61 decision to the Penguins Wednesday night at the Beeghly Center.
The early going saw eight lead changes before YSU took the lead for good at 16-15 on two Kendrick Perry foul shots with 8:34 remaining in the first half. The Penguins extended the margin to six twice down the stretch before WSU made it 28-25 at the halftime break on a Kendall Griffin three with just over a minute to play.
Youngstown State shot 44 percent in the first half while Wright State shot 42 percent.
A Jerran Young tip-in cut the Raider deficit to 35-33 with 16:20 left before the Penguins scored eight straight points to push the lead into double figures.
Miles Dixon connected on a jumper at the 6:51 mark to draw WSU to within four at 46-42, but the Raiders would get no closer as YSU followed with another 8-0 run and later led 64-51 before Wright State scored 10 of the game's final 14 points.
The Raiders actually finished with more points off of field goals than Youngstown State (56-53) despite the Penguins shooting 57 percent in the second half to finish at 50 percent overall. WSU shot 38 percent the final 20 minutes to end up at 40 percent.
The ultimate difference, though, came at the foul line as YSU was 15 of 19, 12 of 15 in the second half, compared to just five of 10 for Wright State, who was four of six in the second half.
Young led the Raiders with 18 points, but no other WSU player scored in double figures.
Youngstown State (11-8, 3-3 Horizon) had four of its starters score in double figures as Damian Eargle had 18, Blake Allen 17, Kendrick Perry a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds and Kamren Belin 10 points.
Wright State (14-6, 5-2 Horizon) returns home for three straight games, starting on Saturday, January 26, with a 7:00 contest against UIC. That game will be the annual Blackout contest as the first 5,000 fans into the arena will receive a "black out" t-shirt courtesy of Miami Valley Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Care. It will also be Academic Recognition Night and Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night.