Men's Basketball

Men Fall at Detroit
Release: Thursday 01/21/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State men's basketball team trailed by just two before Detroit close the first half with a 22-11 run en route to a 69-53 Horizon League decision at Calihan Hall Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders hung close for the opening nine minutes of the game and were down only two at 16-14 following a jumper by AJ Pacher.  Ray McCallum, however, answered with a three for Detroit and after an Eli Holman layup, McCallum followed with a three-point play to put the Titans up 24-14.

Five later points by McCallum along with a pair of Jason Calliste threes in the final five minutes helped give Detroit a 38-25 halftime lead.

Wright State shot 44 percent from the field overall in the first half, including three of seven from behind the arc, but the Titans were even hotter, hitting 15 of 25 shots for 60 percent overall and were six of 11 from three.  Detroit also held a 17-5 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Cole Darling drew WSU to within nine at 43-34 with a three at the 16:13 mark of the second half, but the Titans answered with seven straight and eventually stretched the lead to 25 before the Raiders closed the game with an 11-2 burst over the final 3:23.

WSU shot 41 percent for the game compared to 50 percent for Detroit and the Titans led 21-10 in points off of turnovers.

Darling led the Raiders with a near double-double of 10 points and nine rebounds while Reggie Arceneaux and Johann Mpondo had nine each and John Balwigaire eight.

Chase Simon paced Detroit (10-11, 4-5 Horizon) with 16 points while McCallum had 13, Calliste 12 and Evan Bruinsma 10 off the bench.

Wright State (9-12, 4-5 Horizon) returns home next week for a pair of games, taking on UIC on Wednesday, January 25, and Loyola on Friday, January 27, both starting at 7:00.


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