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Men Explode for 106 Points in Win Over Detroit Mercy
Release: Monday 01/20/2017 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State men's basketball team shot 56 percent in scoring 60 points in the first half and shot 49 percent overall in defeating Detroit Mercy 106-88 in Horizon League action Friday night at the Wright State Nutter Center.

Neither team had more than a four-point lead in the first half until a Grant Benzinger three put the Raiders up 33-26 at the 9:45 mark.  An 8-0 run, including five more points from the junior guard, extended the margin to 46-31 and WSU outscored the Titans 12-5 over the final 2:27 to go into the halftime break up 60-38.

The 106 points marked the most scored by a Raider team against a league opponent.

STAT COMPARISON
Category WSU UDM
Points 106 88
FGM-A 31-63 29-61
FG% .492 .475
3-Pt. FGM-A 11-27 13-32
3-Pt. FG% .407 .406
FTM-A 33-45 17-25
FT% .733 .680
Rebounds (O-D-Tot.) 9-29-38 8-30-38
Assists 24 15
Turnovers 11 20
Blocks 1 2
Steals 5 6
Points in Paint 32 18
Points Off Turnovers 21 11
2nd Chance Points 8 2
Fast Break Points 0 0
Bench Scoring 11 26

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Category WSU UDM
Points Davis - 27 McFolley - 25
Rebounds Benzinger - 9 Jenkins - 13
Assists Mitchell - 7 McFolley - 5
Steals La Tulip - 2 Two Players - 2
Blocks Davis - 1 Two Players - 1

Wright State hit 19 of 34 shots in the opening 20 minutes, including six of 15 from three-point range, and made 16 of 20 free throws.  UDM, meanwhile, shot 52 percent from the field, was five of 14 from three and just three of six at the foul line.

The Titans would get no closer than 16 in the second half as WSU's largest lead was 84-56 following a Steven Davis three with 8:25 remaining.

The Raiders shot 49 percent overall, including 11 of 27 from three, and made 33 of 45 foul shots.  Wright State also led in points in the paint (32-18), points off of turnovers (21-11) and second chance points (8-2).

Detroit Mercy shot 48 percent from the field altogether, 13 of 32 from behind the arc, and hit 17 of 25 free throws.

All five WSU starters scored in double figures, led by Davis with 27 along with eight rebounds.  Justin Mitchell had 22  to go with seven rebounds and seven assists, Benzinger 22 with nine rebounds and five assists, Mike La Tulip 13 points and Mark Alstork 11 points and five assists.

Wright State (13-7, 4-3 Horizon) hosts Oakland on Sunday, January 22, at 2:00.

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