An 8-0 run with six minutes to play allowed the Wright State men's basketball team to break away from a two-point lead en route to a 50-41 Horizon League victory at Cleveland State Wednesday night.
The Raiders scored the first six points of the game, only to see the Vikings go up 21-18 on a Charlie Lee jumper with 4:43 remaining in the first half. That turned out to be the final points of the period for CSU, however, as WSU scored the final seven points, four coming from Jerran Young, to go up 25-21 at the break.
Wright State shot 44 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and was a perfect eight for eight at the foul line while Cleveland State shot 26 percent and missed both of its free throw attempts.
Two Lee foul shots put the Vikings up 32-31 with 15:02 to play, but that was the only lead of the half for CSU as two AJ Pacher free throws at the 14:18 mark gave the Raiders the lead for good.
The margin was just two until an 8-0 WSU run, includng five from Pacher and a three by Matt Vest, made it 47-37 with 3:27 left. Cleveland State would get no closer than six the rest of the way.
The win was the 50th career victory for third-year head coach Billy Donlon (50-42).
Wright State shot 41 percent for the game while holding Cleveland State to 26 percent. The Raiders were also 14 of 17 at the foul line compared to just five of 10 for the Vikings.
Vest paced WSU with 12 points while Young had 11 points along with eight rebounds and Pacher added 10 off the bench.
Charlie Lee led Cleveland State (13-16, 5-10 Horizon) with 12 points while Devon Long had 10.
Wright State (18-9, 9-5 Horizon) takes a break from conference play this weekend as the Raiders host Evansville in BracketBusters play. Game time is 2:00 and will precede the WSU women taking on Milwaukee at 4:30.