Men’s Basketball: Injury-ravaged Raiders win for the first time on the road
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Ten months after suffering one of its most disappointing losses in program history, Wright State exacted its revenge as Reggie Arceneaux carried the Raiders to a 62-45 win over Valparaiso Friday.
The Raiders (10-8, 2-1) snap an 0-8 start on the road. It was the first time WSU has won a true road game since before the Raiders lost at Valpo last march in the Horizon League finals.
WSU guard Miles Dixon led the scoring with 12 points. Arceneaux had 10 points to go with eight boards and six assists.
The Raiders were without the services of JT Yoho, Kendall Griffin, and Matt Vest. To add insult to their injuries both AJ Pacher and Jerran Young were playing with minor injuries.
That meant Donlon was forced to play a more up-tempo offense with Chrishawn Hopkins playing the point and Arceneaux as the scoring guard. This paid off early for WSU.
An early 12-2 run helped the Raiders get out to a 23-14 lead 13:05 into the first half.
WSU extended its lead to 37-20 at one point shortly before halftime. The Raiders were fully in control at halftime leading 37-22.
But poor shooting allowed the Crusaders back into the game. Valpo started the second half on a 16-2 run to cut Wright State’s lead to one.
The Raiders went nearly 13 minutes without a field goal and it nearly cost WSU the lead.
Cole Darling’s 3-pointer with 9:56 left in the game ended the bleeding for the WSU as Valpo would not get any closer to the lead the rest of the contest. Darling’s 3 sparked a 14-2 run which was too steep for Valpo to come back from.
The Raiders earned the win by shooting 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
More impressively, WSU only turned the ball over four times. Valpo had 14 turnovers.
WSU shut down Valpo leading scorer LaVonte Dority as he only scored six points on one field goal.
The Raiders return home Sunday to host UIC at 7 p.m.