Down as much as 13 in the second half and 10 with 2:13 to play, the Wright State men's basketball ended the game with a 15-4 run to pull out a 72-71 win at Oakland Sunday afternoon.
The game was tied at 20 at the 7:37 mark of the first half on an AJ Pacher jumper before the Golden Grizzlies went on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes. The lead was still nine until a Matt Vest three in the final seconds made it 34-28 at the break.
Wright State shot 44 percent in the first half, including four of 11 from three-point range, compared to 40 percent shooting for Oakland, who was just two of seven from behind the arc, but the Golden Grizzlies hit eight of nine foul shots while the Raiders were only two of three.
Oakland came out strong to start the second half as a pair of threes from Kahlil Felder and one by Ralph Hill helped the Golden Grizzlies take their biggest lead of the game at 50-37 with 12:36 remaining. The Raiders cut the deficit to three on two occasions, but OU appeared to be in control with a 67-57 advantage with just 2:13 to play.
Threes from Cole Darling and Reggie Arceneaux along with a Pacher layup, though, made it a two-point contest with 50 seconds left and after Oakland's Duke Mondy ended the WSU 8-0 run with two foul shots at the 35.1-second mark, JT Yoho connected on a three from the right wing with 27.2 seconds left to trim the Golden Grizzlies lead to 69-68.
Following an Oakland turnover, Darling hit two foul shots with 21 seconds remaining to put the Raiders up one. Mondy answered with two free throws of his own with 13 seconds left to put the Golden Grizzlies back in front, setting the stage for Pacher, whose jumper at the 1.6-second mark hit the rim four times and went in for the game-winner.
WSU hit 12 of 21 shots in the second half, including five of 10 threes, to finish at 50 percent overall while Oakland shot 37 percent after halftime to end up at 39 percent for the game.
Darling led all scorers with 21 points while Pacher posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jerran Young added 11 points and seven boards.
Mondy paced Oakland (10-18, 5-8 Horizon) with 20 points while Hall had 15 and Felder 14.
Wright State (15-13, 7-6 Horizon) hosts Detroit on Friday, February 21, in a 10:00 contest that will be televised on ESPNU.