The Wright State men's basketball team led most of the contest, but DePaul closed the game on a 20-4 run over the final 7:42 to pull out an 81-72 decision Saturday afternoon at the Allstate Arena as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
WSU jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead just 1:44 into the contest as AJ Pacher and JT Yoho each hit three-pointers, only to see the Blue Demons answer with eight straight of their own. The score was tied two more times until the Raiders used a 10-4 run, capped off by a Reggie Arceneaux triple, to go up 24-18 with six minutes to play in the period.
A pair of Jamee Crockett three gave DePaul a 33-32 advantage late in the half until a three-point play by Cole Darling put Wright State up 35-33 at the break.
The Raiders shot 44 percent overall in the first half, including four of eight from behind the arc, and made seven of eight free throws compared to 50 percent shooting for DePaul, who was four of seven from three-point range and 11 of 14 at the foul line.
A Kendall Griffin three gave WSU its biggest lead of the day at 44-35 with 18:12 remaining in the second half and, despite the Blue Demons tying the game at 52, the Raiders were up 68-61 following a Yoho triple with eight minutes to go.
From there, however, it was all DePaul as the Blue Demons tallied 10 unanswered points to take the lead for good and after Pacher cut the deficit to one with a layup at the 3:41 mark, added eight more to go ahead 79-70 in the final minute.
The Raiders shot 57 percent in the second half to finish at 50 percent overall, including seven of 18 three-pointers, and hit 17 of 23 free throws while DePaul shot 55 percent for the game, 58 percent after halftime, and was 28 of 36 at the stripe, 17 of 22 in the second half.
Yoho led WSU with 13 points while Pacher and Matt Vest each had 11 and Jerran Young 10 off the bench.
Cleveland Melvin paced DePaul (2-1) with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, with 16 of those points coming in the second half, while Brandon Young had 14, Tommy Hamilton 13 and Billy Garrett 12 off the bench.
Wright State (1-2) continues play in the Classic on Monday as the Raiders host Manchester at 7:00.