Men Rally for 63-61 Win at Green Bay

((Contributed by Wright State sports information))

Down six with two minutes to play, Wright State scored the final eight points of the game, including a N’Gai Evans layup with 4.3 seconds left as the Raiders rallied for a 63-61 Horizon League win at Green Bay Friday night.

A Vaughn Duggins three gave WSU a 18-17 lead at the 8:54 mark of the first half and a later triple from Vance Hall extended the margin to 22-18 with 7:04 remaining. Green Bay, though, followed with an 11-0 run over the next five minutes and led 31-26 at the break.

The Phoenix hit 12 of 24 shots in the opening 20 minutes and was six of nine at the foul line compared to 35 percent and four of six for the Raiders.

An 8-0 WSU burst, half coming from Duggins, put Wright State back in front 36-33 early in the second half and the Raider lead grew to 50-44 as Cole Darling connected on a three with 7:28 to play.

Green Bay, however, tallied eight straight points to regain the lead and looked to be in control as a Jarvis Williams layup made it 61-55 with 2:06 to play.

Darling, though, started WSU on its comeback with a three and, after a Phoenix turnover, a Hall triple from the right corner tied it with 58 seconds to go.

Green Bay came away empty on a shot attempt on its next possession, setting the stage for Evans, who drove down the left side of the lane for the game-winning layup at the 4.3-second mark.

The Phoenix had one last chance, but Rahmon Fletcher missed a three attempt as time expired.

Wright State hit 14 of 25 shots over the final 20 minutes, including four of eight from behind the arc, to finish at 45 percent overall while Green Bay was at 50 percent, but just three of 10 from three. The Raiders led 18-13 in points off of turnovers and 8-5 in second-chance points.

Duggins paced all scorers with 19 points while Darling added a season-high 12 points along with six rebounds for WSU.

Alec Brown and Fletcher each had 12 for Green Bay (11-11, 5-5 Horizon) while Williams had 11.

Wright State (14-8, 7-3 Horizon) wraps up the four-game road trip on Sunday, January 30, with a 2:00 Eastern matchup at Milwaukee.

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