The Wright State men's basketball team led by five at the half, only to see North Carolina A&T open the second half with a 24-12 run and hold on down the stretch for a 62-59 win Thursday night at the Corbett Sports Center.
The Aggies led 18-13 with eight minutes remaining in the first half until the Raiders went on a 7-2 burst to tie the game, with Matt Vest scoring the first four points and JT Yoho capping it off with a three. A Yoho layup put WSU up 24-23 and the advantage grew to 28-23 at the half on foul shots by AJ Pacher and Vest and another basket by Yoho.
Wright State shot 33 percent in the first half compared to 32 percent for North Carolina A&T and both team struggled at the foul line as the Raiders were eight of 14 and the Aggies six of 13.
A&T came out strong in the second half, scoring the first six points as part of a 24-12 run that made it 47-40 with 11:15 to play.
WSU battled back and went up 57-54 on a Vest three at the 3:08 mark and still led 59-58 on a Jerran Young layup with 1:50 remaining, only to see the Aggies score the final four points of the contest on two Bryan Akinkugbe free throws with 1:38 left and two Jerome Simmons foul shots in the final minute.
North Carolina A&T shot 56 percent from the field in the second half to end up at 44 percent overall while Wright State finished at 38 percent.
Vest led the Raiders with 15 points while Pacher had 12 and Yoho nine off the bench.
Richaud Pack paced the Aggies (3-5) with 15 points while Lamont Middleton had 14.
Wright State (5-5) wraps up the three-game road swing Saturday with a 1:00 contest at VMI.