The Wright State men's basketball team led by 13 with eight minutes to play, but had to hold off a Cleveland State comeback before defeating the Vikings 49-46 in Horizon League action in Cleveland Sunday afternoon.
WSU jumped out to an 11-5 advantage thanks in part to a Jerran Young three and a Matt Vest dunk, only to see the Vikings go on a 14-3 run over the next five minutes to take a 19-14 lead with 7:12 remaining in the first half.
Wright State, though, answered with nine straight points, the first four coming from Miles Dixon, and led 29-23 at the halftime break as the senior guard connected on jumper just ahead of the buzzer.
The Raiders shot 41 percent from the field in the first half, including four of eight from three-point range, while Cleveland State shot 32 percent overall and was three of 10 from behind the arc.
An 8-0 burst, capped off by a Kendall Griffin three, gave WSU its biggest lead of the game at 44-31 with eight minutes to play and the margin was still nine on another Vest dunk at the 3:15 mark, but the Vikings tallied six straight points to close to within three with 43.7 seconds left.
After a Raider turnover, Cleveland State had a chance to tie it, but a three attempt by Trey Lewis at the horn went off the back of the rim.
WSU shot just 26 percent in the second half to finish at 33 percent for the game while CSU ended up at 33 percent.
Young led the way for Wright State with 10 off the bench while Vest had nine and Cole Darling seven.
Jon Harris paced Cleveland State (11-9, 3-3 Horizon) with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench while Bryn Forbes had 14. Lewis added 10 rebounds.
Wright State (12-9, 4-2 Horizon) closes out a stretch of three games in five days on Tuesday, January 21, as the Raiders host Milwaukee at 7:00.