The Wright State men's basketball team led by two at the half, only to see Youngstown State start the second half with an 18-3 run as the Penguins defeated the Raiders 61-54 Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.
YSU led 16-12 before the Raiders tallied six straight points, including a Vance Hall three, to regain the advantage. The Penguins went back up by three twice late in the period before WSU scored the final five points, the final three coming on a John Balwigaire triple, to go up 29-27 at the break.
After the two teams exchanged baskets to start the second half, Youngstown State scored 16 of the game's next 17 points, including the final 14, to build a 45-32 lead. Wright State closed to within four twice down the stretch, the second being 57-53 on two Reggie Arceneaux free throws with 3:39 remaining, but could get no closer as the Raiders managed just one more point the rest of the way.
The Penguins hit 12 of 21 shots in the second half to finish the game at 45 percent overall while WSU shot 25 percent after halftime to end up at 32 percent.
Hall paced the Raiders with 13 points while Kendall Griffin had nine and Arceneaux eight.
Kendrick Perry led all scorers with 23 for Youngstown State (15-13, 10-7 Horizon), 14 coming in the second half, while Blake Allen added 17, 12 after halftime. Damian Eargle chipped in eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Wright State (13-17, 7-10 Horizon) closes out the regular season Saturday with a 2:00 contest at Cleveland State before hitting the road again for a first-round Horizon League Tournament game on Tuesday, February 28.