The Wright State men's basketball team trimmed an 11-point second half deficit to one on two different occasions and only trailed by three with 1:29 left, but could not get over the hump as Horizon League leader Green Bay held on for a 79-69 decision Friday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Phoenix led 12-6 early before the Raiders took what turned to be their only lead of the night at 21-19 on a Jerran Young dunk with 8:33 remaining in the first half. Green Bay scored 11 of the next 13 points, nine coming from Alec Brown, to go up 30-23 and the margin eventually grew to 39-29 until Wright State tallied the final seven points of the period, five by Cole Darling, to only trail by three at the break.
The Phoenix hit 16 of 26 shots in the first half for 62 percent, including two of three three-pointers, while WSU shot 49 percent and was two of four behind the arc.
Green Bay came out strong to start the second half, scoring nine unanswered points to take its biggest lead of the game at 48-37 with 17:28 to play. The difference was still in double digits before a 9-0 Raider run, capped off by an AJ Pacher three, made it 55-54 with 10:16 to go.
The Phoenix gradually pushed the lead back up to eight, but Wright State still had a chance as a Darling three and two Pacher free throws cut the deficit to 71-68 at the 1:29 mark.
The Raiders, though, could get no closer as Green Bay closed out the game by scoring eight of the final nine points.
Green Bay continued its hot shooting in the second half, hitting for 57 percent to end the game at 60 percent overall. The Phoenix also connected on 21 of 26 foul shots, 16 of 19 after halftime, while WSU was just 10 of 14 for the contest. Wright State shot 49 percent from the field altogether.
Reggie Arceneaux led the Raiders with 17 points while Young had 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks off the bench. Darling added 13, Miles Dixon 12 and Pacher 10.
Brown paced all scorers with 24 for Green Bay (14-3, 4-0 Horizon) while Keifer Sykes had 18 points and seven assists. Greg Mays chipped in 14 points off the bench and Jordan Fouse had 10.
Wright State (11-9, 3-2 Horizon) is right back in action Sunday afternoon at 1:00 as the Raiders visit Cleveland State.