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Men Drop Regular-Season Finale at Cleveland State
Release: Tuesday 02/25/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State men's basketball team trailed by just three at the half, but Cleveland State shot 74 percent from the field the final 20 minutes to win 77-55 in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday at the Wolstein Center.

CSU scored the first five points of the contest and led 19-11 after back-to-back Anton Grady jumpers, only to see the Raiders rally with a 13-4 run, six of those coming from Julius Mays, to go up 24-23 on a Vance Hall triple with 5:12 remaining in the first half.

WSU, though, managed just a Cole Darling three the rest of the way as Cleveland State scored seven points to go up 30-27 at the break.

The margin was just four at 42-38 following an AJ Pacher three with 14:10 left to play in the game and the Raiders were within five twice until an 8-0 burst pushed the deficit to 55-42.

Wright State would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way as the Vikings gradually built on the lead the rest of the way.

After shooting 52 percent in the first half, the Vikings were even hotter in the second half, hitting 17 of 23 shots for 74 percent, including four of eight from three-point range, to finish the game at 63 percent.  WSU, meanwhile, shot 39 percent in the second half to end up at 41 percent.

Mays led the Raiders with 15 points and Pacher added 12 off the bench, but no other Wright State player managed more than seven.

Harmon paced Cleveland State (22-9, 12-6 Horizon) with 20 points, 15 coming after halftime, while Montgomery had 17 and Grady 12 off the bench.

Wright State (13-18, 7-11) now turns its attention to the Horizon League Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, February 28, as the #8 seed Raiders head to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the #5 seed Butler Bulldogs.  Game time is 7:00.

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