Behind five players in double figures, the Wright State men's basketball team posted an 85-77 win over Western Carolina Saturday afternoon at WSU's Nutter Center.
Both teams started slow offensively as the Raider lead was just 9-8 seven minutes in until a 11-0 run, including a pair of three by Reggie Arceneaux, made it 20-8 with 9:31 remaining in the first half. The margin then seesawed between seven and 12 the rest of period before Wright State went into the break up 35-26.
WSU shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, four of eight from three-point range, while Western Carolina shot 33 percent.
WCU cut the deficit to four twice in the early going of the second half, the second being 40-36 on two Tawaski King free throws with 17:07 to play, only to see Wright State go on a 20-9 run over the next eight minutes, half of those coming from AJ Pacher, to make it 60-45.
The Catamounts rallied to within five in the final minute before the Raiders sealed the win with three foul shots, two by Arceneaux.
WSU hit 11 of 20 shots in the second half to end up at 49 percent overall and made 24 of 30 shots after halftime to end up at 29 for 40 for the game. Western Carolina, meanwhile, shot 42 percent for the contest and was 20 of 28 at the line. Wright State led 26-18 in points in the paint and 20-13 in points off of turnovers.
Five Raiders finished in double figures as Pacher had 18, Arceneaux 12, Kendall Griffin and JT Yoho 11 each and Cole Darling 10. Grififn and Pacher each had eight rebounds while Arceneaux dished out seven assists.
The last time WSU had five players score in double figures was on February 25, 2010 when Todd Brown (16), Vaughn Duggins (15), Troy Tabler (14), Cory Cooperwood (11) and N'Gai Evans (10) did it. That Brad Brownell's final season at WSU.
Trey Sumler and Tom Tankelewicz each had 15 to lead Western Carolina (5-5).
Wright State (5-3) hits the road for three games next week, starting on Monday, December 2, with a 7:00 contest at Morehead State.