Late Surge Lifts Wright State Past Men's Basketball, 77-67

Braun Hartfield
Braun Hartfield

Fairborn, Ohio -- Sophomore Braun Hartfield scored a game-high 26 points and freshman Naz Bohannon had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds but Wright State used a late surge in the second half to defeat the Youngstown State men's basketball team, 77-67, on Monday afternoon at the Nutter Center.

The Penguins fall to 5-14 overall and 3-3 in the league while Wright State improves to 14-5 overall and 6-0 in the Horizon League play.

Senior Jaylen Benton scored 12 points off the bench while junior Devin Haygood added 10 points.

Leading Wright State was Jaylon Hall and Loudon Love with 16 points each while Cole Gentry scored 14 points with four 3s and Mark Hughes and Grant Benzinger each added 13 points. As a team, the Raider made 10 3-pointers and made 19-of-26 free throws.

The Penguin broke the game's fifth tie on a basket by Haygood to take a 56-54 lead with 8:54 to go. Over the next 5:34, Wright State outscored the Penguins 14-2 to take a 68-58 lead with 3:20 remaining. The Raiders just three field goals during that span and were the beneficiaries of a friendly whistle and made eight free throws.

The Penguins pulled within seven, 72-65 with 47 seconds left but could not get any closer.

In the first half, the Raiders jumped out to a 20-11 lead midway through the half on back-to-back 3-pointers by Hall. The Penguins trimmed the deficit to three after a basket by Bohannon, a 3-pointer by Hartfield and a free throw by Garrett Covington

After the Raiders went back up eight after a 3-pointer by Gentry and a bucket by Parker Ernsthausen, the Penguins scored 11 straight points to take a 28-25 lead with 5:20 left. Hartfield and Benton hit consecutive 3s to pull within two and senior Camoern Morse made his only basket of the game to tie the game at 25-25. Hartfield's 3-point play gave the Penguins their first lead of the game, 28-25.

A 3-pointer by Ferguson and jumpers by Noe Anabir and Bohannon pushed the YSU lead to seven, 25-28, with 2:10 to go, but the Riaders were able to cut the lead to three, 38-35, at the intermission.

Youngstown State returns home to host UIC, Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Beeghly Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.