The Wright State men's basketball team could not overcome a 66 percent shooting performance by Valparaiso as they fell to the Crusaders 63-54 in Horizon League action Saturday night in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Johann Mpondo drew the Raiders to within one at 17-16 with a short jumper at the 6:20 mark of the first half, only to see Valparaiso respond with a 14-2 run before Reggie Arceneaux hit a three in the final seconds to make it 31-21 at the break.
The Crusaders had just 19 shot attempts in the first half, but converted 13 of them for 68 percent. WSU, meanwhile made just seven of 27 shots for 26 percent.
Wright State cut the deficit to five twice in the second half, the second being 57-52 on a Julius Mays three with 1:32 to play, but could get no closer as Valparaiso scored six of the game's last eight points.
The shooting struggles continued for WSU in the second half as the Raiders shot 33 percent to end up at 30 percent overall while Valparaiso shot 62 percent the final 20 minutes to finish at 66 percent overall.
Mays led all scorers with 20 points for Wright State and Arceneaux had 11, but no other Raider had more than six.
Valparaiso (17-8, 10-3 Horizon) had four players in double figures as Richie Edwards had 16 off the bench, Kevin Van Wijk 13, Matt Kenney 11 off the bench and Ryan Broekhoff 10.
Wright State (11-14, 6-7 Horizon) returns home for a pair of games next week, starting with Green Bay on Friday, February 10, at 9:00, a game that will be televised on ESPNU. WSU will also honor some of the great teams of its past during that game and celebrate 25 years of being in Division I. The Raiders then host Milwaukee on Sunday, February 12, at 3:00, as Raider student-athletes of 3.0 or higher grade point averages will be recognized at halftime.