Freshmen fuel fire in key second-half stretch

Freshmen a force in key second-half stretch for Raiders

It’s hard to point to a key play or two in a 17-point victory, but there were a couple that clearly stood out Tuesday night in Wright State’s 74-57 triumph of Cleveland State in the Horizon League tournament championship game.

And they both came from freshman.

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Cleveland State only trailed by five four minutes into the second half, and the Vikings had a chance to get closer when Wright State’s Jaylon Hall’s 3-pointer came up well short. But Hall followed his shot, got the rebound and threw down a dunk to up the lead to 40-33.

That’s how the score stayed until the first media timeout of the second half at 15:01. After the break, Everett Winchester took a pass from Gentry and exploded through the lane, threw the ball down for a score and absorbed a foul that sent him crashing to the floor.

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Winchester missed the free throw, but HL Freshman of the Year Loudon Love got the rebound and scored on a layup to make it a four-point possession that sparked a 17-6 run that all but put the game away.

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