Oakland hands Wright State first conference loss

Wright State guard Tim Finke tries to score against Green Bay forward Ryan Claflin during a men's basketball game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. E.L. Hubbard/CONTRIBUTED
Wright State guard Tim Finke tries to score against Green Bay forward Ryan Claflin during a men's basketball game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. E.L. Hubbard/CONTRIBUTED

Raiders split weekend games vs. Grizzlies

Wright State had plenty of yucks, fist-bumps and high-fives in the first meeting with Oakland on Friday, building a 35-point first-half lead and emptying the bench before the blowout was over.

But as coach Scott Nagy has warned about playing the same team on back-to-back days, the winner of the first game will always have a much harder time prevailing in the second.

The Raiders seemed to run into a team with a motivational edge Saturday. Though they erased an early 17-point deficit on the road and built a nine-point second-half lead with 12:42 to go, they couldn’t hold on.

The Grizzlies tied the game at 60 on a Jalen Moore 3-pointer with eight minutes to go and never stopped on their way to an 81-71 upset.

They outscored the preseason Horizon League favorites, 19-9, over the last 6:46.

The Raiders (7-2, 5-1), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped, shot 44.1% but hoisted 25 3′s, making only seven.

They still put four players in double figures: Loudon Love had 17 points and nine rebounds, Tanner Holden 16 points and 11 rebounds, Trey Calvin 16 points and eight assists and Jaylon Hall 10 points

They had a 42-28 advantage on the boards, which normally is a winning formulate. But the Grizzlies (3-10, 3-3) made 9 of 22 3′s and all 14 of their free-throw attempts.

Moore had 24 points to lead four players in double figures.

The Raiders fell behind, 26-9, and still trailed by 14 when Rashad Williams hit a jumper with 7:55 left in the first half. But they asserted themselves after that, going on a 19-4 run and grabbing a 35-34 lead on a Grant Basile layup with 1:50 to go before halftime.

Calvin hit a pair of 3′s and two foul shots to fuel the surge.

Another Calvin 3 made it 40-37 at the break. He had 11 points in the first half, while Holden had a team-high 12.

The Grizzlies made 11 of their first 17 shots, including 3 of 4 3′s, while the Raiders started 2 of 15 overall and 1 of 8 from the arc.

Williams went scoreless in the Raiders’ 90-51 win Friday — missing all nine of his shots, including seven 3′s — but the preseason second-team all-league pick rebounded from that horrendous showing to score 15 of his team’s first 30 points and 18 overall.

The Grizzlies shot 50% in the first half and 45.3% for the game. They made 21.2% of their first-half field goals Friday and hit 26.9% overall.

In the first meeting, the Raiders had a 61-37 rebounding edge and jumped out to an astonishing 44-9 lead, putting together a 30-2 run to blow the game open.

Holden had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Tim Finke had a career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Love notched his fifth double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.

FRIDAY’S GAME

Youngstown State at Wright State, 7 p.m., ESPN2, 106.5

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