Wright State Rallies Past Men's Basketball, 80-74

Darius Quisenberry (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Darius Quisenberry (Photo by Robert Hayes)

Wright State scored 28 points off turnovers and went 18-for-18 at the free-throw line to win a game that featured 15 lead changes and eight ties 80-74 over the Youngstown State men's basketball team on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

Youngstown State falls to 6-14 overall and 2-5 in the Horizon League while the Raiders improve to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in the league.

The Penguins led 50-42 early in the second half before Wright State scored 10 straight points to take a 52-50 advantage. That was the first of nine lead changes in the second half. Youngstown State's final lead was 65-63 on a Noe Anabir layup, and the Penguins trailed just 70-69 on a Jelani Simmons jumper with 4:29 left. That was their last field goal of the night, and Wright State scored the next six points to gain an insurmountable advantage.

The Penguins led the nearly 20 minutes and connected on 55.9 percent of their field-goal attempts in the first half. YSU also hit on seven 3-pointers in the first half and led by seven at the intermission, 45-38.

The teams exchanged the lead six times in the first half and the Penguins led by as many seven points, 26-19, with 9:10 left. A 10-2 run gave the Raiders a 29-28 advantage, but after three more lead changes, YSU went four, 35-31, on a 3-pointer by Antwan Maxwell, Jr., with 3:09 left. 

Malachi Smith hit a 3-pointer to get within two, 40-38, with 1:20 left but Darius Quisenberry made a jumper and a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to give the Penguins a seven-point edge at halftime.

Youngstown State outshot the Raiders 49.2 percent to 45 percent and made two more 3-pointers. Wright State held a 12-point advantage at the free-throw line, making all 18 of its attempts while YSU was 6-for-9.

Quisenberry scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the first half, going 7-for-10 from the field with one of those misses coming from the full length of the court at the halftime buzzer. Senior Noe Anabir had a career-high 14 points and freshman Jelani Simmons added 12.

Smith and Bill Wampler scored 17 points apiece off the bench to lead Wright State. The Penguins held Cole Gentry to just four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the floor.

Youngstown State will host co-league-leader Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Beeghly Center.