The Wright State men's basketball team led by as much as 17 in the second half, only to see it slip away in falling 57-56 at Green Bay Saturday afternoon.
WSU erased an early 5-4 deficit with 12 straight points and extended the margin to 22-8 at the 12:05 mark of the first half on back-to-back threes from Julius Mays and Vance Hall. Green Bay scored seven straight to trail by six in the final minute before an AJ Pacher layup gave Wright State a 30-22 halftime advantage.
The Raiders shot 39 percent in the opening 20 minutes while holding the Phoenix to 29 percent.
Layups by Mays and Reggie Arceneaux pushed the lead back into double figures and after John Balwigaire and Pacher connected on threes, an Arceneaux jumper at the 13:04 mark made the score 46-29.
Green Bay, though, gradually chipped away and eventually tied the game at 49 on a Keifer Sykes layup at the 4:23 mark. The Phoenix then took its first lead since early in the contest at 54-53 on two Kam Cerroni foul shots with 49 seconds to go.
Sykes hit one of two at the stripe to make a two-point game, but Mays put WSU back in front with 12.8 seconds left as he drove down the left side of the lane, hit the layup while being fouled, and converted the free throw.
The Phoenix, however, would come up with the game-winner on its next possession as Sykes was fouled along the baseline with three seconds remaining and made both foul shots.
Green Bay shot 50 percent the final 20 minutes, including four of seven from three-point range, and also made 17 of 23 at the line in going 26 of 35 for the game. WSU, meanwhile, shot 39 percent for the contest overall and was seven of 12 from three, but was just five of six at the stripe.
Mays led the Raiders with 15 points while Arceneaux had 11 and Pacher nine off the bench.
Sykes paced all scorers with 16 for Green Bay (7-10, 3-4 Horizon), 11 in the second half, while Cerroni scored all 11 of his points after halftime.
Wright State (9-11, 4-4 Horizon) wraps up the three-game road swing on Saturday, January 21, with a noon contest at Detroit. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit.