Despite not having three starters available due to injury, the Wright State men's basketball team jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and went on to a 62-45 Horizon League win at Valparaiso Friday night.
The Raiders led by just one at 15-14 before scoring eight straight points, four of those coming from Chrishawn Hopkins. WSU later added a 10-0 burst, the final five by Tavares Sledge, in building a 37-22 halftime advantage.
Wright State shot 48 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including three of five three-pointers, and hit eight of nine free throws compared to 33 percent shooting for the Crusaders, who were just one of two from behind the arc and a perfect seven-for-seven at the line.
But just as hot as the Raiders were in the first half, they were just as cold to start the second as they scored just two points in the initial 10 minutes of the period, that being a Cole Darling layup at the 17:57 mark as Valpo cut the deficit to 39-38.
A Darling three, however, broke the streak with 9:56 remaining and that started WSU on a 14-3 run to push the lead back in double figures, where it stayed the rest of the contest.
The Raiders hit just six of 26 shots in the second half, but still outscored Valpo 25-23 thanks to holding the Crusaders to 31 percent shooting and by hitting 10 of 12 foul shots to finish at 18 of 21 for the night.
Wright State committed just four turnovers in the game while forcing Valparaiso into 14, resulting in a 10-5 edge in points off of turnovers. The four turnovers are the fewest for the Raiders in a game since also committing four against Hofstra on February 19, 2011.
Dixon led the way for WSU with 12 points while Arceneaux had 10 along with eight rebounds and six assists. Pacher had a near double-double of nine points and nine rebounds while Darling and Young also added nine points.
Jordan Coleman paced Valparaiso (9-9, 1-2 Horizon ) with 10 points while Alec Peters had nine.
Wright State (10-8, 2-1 Horizon) hosts UIC Sunday at 7:00. The game can be seen live on ESPN3.