Men's Basketball

Men Roll to 76-62 Win at UMKC
Release: Monday 02/18/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations
Courtesy: Tim Zechar

The men's basketball team shot 65 percent in the first half and 58 percent overall as the Raiders rolled to a 76-62 BracketBusters win at UMKC Saturday afternoon.

The lead was just one at 20-19 with 7:40 remaining in the first half before WSU went on a 20-5 run over the next six minutes, a run that saw five different Raiders score.  The Kangaroos hit back-to-back three to cut the margin to 10 before a Julius Mays last-second jumper gave Wright State a 42-30 halftime lead.

WSU hit 17 of 26 shots in the first half for 65 percent, including six of eight from three-point range, while UMKC shot 55 percent and was four of eight from behind the arc.

UMKC closed to within seven on three different occasions to start the second half, but an 8-0 burst pushed the lead up to 58-43 with 11:37 to play and the Raiders enjoyed a double-digit lead the rest of the way

WSU shot 47 percent the final 20 minutes to end up at 58 percent overall and made 14 of 17 free throws on the night, including 12 of 14 in the second half.  UMKC, meanwhile shot 37 percent in the second half to finish at 45 percent.

Mays led all scorers with 25 points while three other Raiders were in double figures as Mpondo had 14 and Griffin and Darling 11 each off the bench.

Chamberlain paced UMKC (10-19) with 22 points while Trinity Hall had 11.

Wright State (13-16) closes out the regular season next week with a pair of road games, taking Youngstown State on Thursday, February 23, at 7:00, followed by Cleveland State on Saturday, February 25, at 2:00.

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