Up just six at the half, the Wright State men's basketball team opened the second half with an 11-0 run and went on to a 73-55 decision over Alcorn State Wednesday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Braves scored the first five points of the game, only to see the Raiders answer with six straight as part of a 22-6 run overall to go up 22-11 with 5:18 remaining in the first half. Alcorn State, however, closed to within five later in the period and only trailed 30-24 at the break thanks to an Anthony Evans three in the closing seconds.
Wright State shot 46 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes compared to 37 percent for Alcorn State.
Cole Darling keyed WSU's 11-0 run to start the second half with seven points, all of those coming in a 1:45 span, to extend the margin to 41-24 with 15 minutes remaining. The Raider advantage eventually grew to as much as 22 on four occasions, the final being 59-37 on two AJ Pacher free throws at the 6:50 mark.
The Raiders hit 13 of 23 shots in the second half to end up at 51 percent overall while holding the Braves to 36 percent for the game. WSU also made 16 of 21 foul shots, 15 of 19 after halftime, and led 30-14 in points in the paint and 23-15 in points off of turnovers.
Darling led Wright State with 18 points, all but two coming in the second half, while Jerran Young had 13 off the bench and Miles Dixon added 11. Pacher chipped in nine points and seven boards.
Octavius Brown paced Alcorn State (3-3) with 11 points.
Wright State (4-3) hosts Western Carolina Saturday at 3:00.