Late scoring drought dooms Wright State in NIT loss at Clemson

Wright State’s Mark Hughes drives against Clemson’s David Skara during Tuesday’s NIT game at Littlejohn Coliseum. CONTRIBUTED
Wright State’s Mark Hughes drives against Clemson’s David Skara during Tuesday’s NIT game at Littlejohn Coliseum. CONTRIBUTED

Wright State University came up just short in its first-ever National Invitation Tournament men’s basketball game Tuesday night, dropping a 75-69 decision to host Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Bill Wampler scored 17 points and was followed by teammates Loudon Love (14), Cole Gentry (13), Mark Hughes (12) and Skyelar Potter (11) for the seventh-seeded Raiders, who finished 21-14.

WSU was within 70-69 on Gentry’s layup with 1:48 left, but didn’t score again, missing two free throws with 47.2 seconds left.

Marcquise Reed (24), Elijah Thomas (17), David Skara (16) and Clyde Trapp (12) all scored in double figures for Clemson (20-13), a No. 2 seed.

The Tigers advance to play either Furman or Wichita State in the second round.

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