The Wright State men's basketball team rallied from a five-point deficit to tie the game with 3:21 to play, but managed just two points the rest of the way as Detroit went on to a 58-53 Horizon League decision Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall.
The Raiders came out strong by scoring the first six points of the contest, only to see the Titans go in front for the first time at 11-10 on an Evan Bruisma jumper with 13:16 remaining in the opening half.
Detroit broke an 18-18 deadlock with six straight points and led by as much as seven before a JT Yoho three and a Chrishawn Hopkins layup cut the deficit to 31-29 at the half.
Both teams hit 10 of 25 shots in the first half, but the Titans were four of eight from three-point range and seven of nine at the foul line compared to three of 11 from behind the arc and six of eight at the line for WSU.
Detroit extended the lead back out to seven to start the second half before Wright State went on a 17-5 run over the next 11 minutes, six by AJ Pacher, to go up 46-41 with 8:21 to play.
The Titans answered with 10 unanswered points, the first eight from Bruinsma, but a Pacher three-point play and two Hopkins free throws evened the game at 51 at the 3:21 mark.
From there, however, it was all Detroit as they scored the next seven points before Hopkins hit a jumper at the buzzer for the final margin.
Both teams shot just 32 percent from the floor in the second half as the Raiders hit one of 11 threes while the Titans were two of six. Detroit, though, won the game at the foul line in hitting 13 of 22 after halftime to finish at 20 of 31 overall while WSU was five of 11 in the second half and 11 of 19 for the game.
Pacher and Hopkins each had 11 to pace the Raiders while Miles Dixon had nine. Bruinsma had 17 to lead Detroit (8-8, 1-0 Horizon) while Anton Wilson had 12.
Wright State (9-8, 1-1 Horizon) heads to Valparaiso on Friday, January 10, for a 9:00 Eastern contest that will be televised on ESPNU.