DAYTON – Hey! Wright State actually won a game by double digits as they defeated Youngstown State 66-55.
For the Raiders their only other double digit win was against Coastal Carolina in the first game of the year.
As for the Penguins it ended a three wins in four game stretch that saw them beat Slippery Rock, UIC and Loyola, while losing to Milwaukee.
By no means was this game a laugher.
Wright State (9-5, 2-3 HL) came out at the start of the second half leading by four at 35-31. The Raiders got the lead up to seven at 43-36 when Scottie Wilson made a couple of foul shots at the 14:35 mark.
With 9:55 left Youngstown (6-9, 2-3) went on a 10-4 run to close to within one at 7:46 when Dwight Holmes made one of two foul shots.
From that point on the Raiders went on a 19-9 run led by Jordon Pleiman’s 10 points.
Pleiman thought it was playing at home and tough defense that got the Raiders a win tonight.
“You get a little extra juice. The fans can help you rally. It is nice to get back to the Nutter Center, “ said Pleiman. “I thought we were playing good defense most of the game. I think if we play good defense we will be in most games at the end.”
Wright State coach Brad Brownell though Pleimen Wilson’s timely shooting got the Raiders this win.
“It was a good grind it out win for us. Jordon and Scottie played really well for us. That was probably the difference in the game tonight. I think Scottie and Jordan made big baskets in the second half,” explained Brownell.
In the first half Youngstown State was able to get a four point lead on back-to-back jumpers by Jack Liles and Holmes to make it 24-20 their largest lead of the game.
With a 1:38 Duggins made a 3-pointer to put the Raiders up by seven at 33-26. But John Barber made a jump shot to cut it to five.
With just seven seconds left Wilson hit a jump shot to give the Raiders what seemed like a safe seven point lead at 35-28 until Youngstown’s Byron Davis banked in a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to make it 35-31.
Pleiman and Vaughn led all scorers with 16 points each and Wilson pulled down eight rebounds.
For the Penguins Barber and Davis each put in 13 points while Barber got eight rebounds.
-Wright State leads the series 28-7.
-Youngstown State coach Jerry Slocum and his team were not available after the game for comment
-Youngstown State’s next game is Saturday at Detroit at 3:35 p.m.
-Wright State’s next game is Saturday against Detroit at 7 p.m.