Wright State overcame a 16-point first-half deficit and pulled out a 81-77 victory over Northern Kentucky in a Horizon League showdown at the Nutter Center on Friday.
Bill Wampler tossed in a career-high 29 points and Loudon Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Raiders improved to 16-11 with their eighth win in their last nine games and jumped into a first-place tie at 10-4 with four games to go.
NKU is 20-7, 10-4.
The Norse’s Jalen Tate scored on a drive for a 73-70 lead with 4:45 left, but he was called for a technical for celebrating demonstrably, his fifth foul. Cole Gentry made one of two free throws on the tech, and Wampler was fouled and made a pair to tie the game with 4:31 left.
Love broke the tie by scoring over Drew McDonald, who had 23 points and nine rebounds, with 2:01 to go.
NKU’s Dontez Walton made two free throws at 1:42.
Mark Hughes shot an airball, but Wampler was under the basket for the rebound and dropped it in for a 77-75 lead at 1:08.
NKU missed a 3-pointer. Hughes missed a 3, but Love was fouled fighting for the rebound with 23.5 seconds left. McDonald was called for a flagrant 1 foul, and Love made one of two free throws for a three-point lead while the Raiders kept the ball.
Wampler then made one of two foul shots with 20.1 seconds left to make it 79-75.