Tim Finke scored 12 points. And Grant Basile, drawing extra attention inside against NKU’s zone, finished with nine points (nine below his average) and 11 rebounds. He was 4 of 12 from the field.
Senior guard Marques Warrick, a preseason second-team all-league pick for the Norse, led all scorers with 23. The league’s 2020-21 freshman of the year went 9 of 16 from the field and 4 of 8 on 3′s.
The Raiders had won nine of their previous 10 games but fell to 11-9 overall and 8-3 in the league.
“We had a golden opportunity,” Nagy said. “They didn’t have a great crowd in here. They were flat, and we were flatter.”
Tied at 61-all on a Holden jumper with 5:20 to go, the Norse (9-9, 5-4) scored five straight points while the Raiders missed five consecutive shots, including three on one possession.
Basile ended the drought with a bucket that made it 66-63 with 2:13 to go.
After the teams traded empty possessions, Warrick hit a dagger, making a 3 for a 69-63 lead with 1:19 left. The Norse were 8 of 22 beyond the arc.
The Raiders had openings outside but went only 7 of 23 on 3s. They also had an untidy 16 turnovers while ending their five-game road swing with a 3-2 record.
The Norse started 11 of 20 from the field and built a 32-20 lead with 4:40 to go in the first half.
But the Raiders finished the half on a 14-3 run, cutting the gap to 35-34 on a 3 by Trey Calvin with 11 seconds left.
They took a three-point lead early in the second half, but the Norse regained their footing and took advantage of defensive lapses after that.
TIME CHANGE: Wright State moved up its tipoff time for Sunday’s home game with Purdue Fort Wayne to noon to avoid a conflict with the Cincinnati Bengals playing in the AFC Championship game, which starts at 3 p.m.
Cleveland State at Wright State, 9 p.m., ESPNU, 980