Wright State tops Oakland in OT for fifth straight win

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Wright State tops Oakland in OT for fifth straight win

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Wright State’s Loudon Love, shown here Friday night against Detroit, scored 25 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Sunday as the Raiders topped Oakland in overtime. CONTRIBUTED

Loudon Love and Grant Benzinger posted double-doubles and Everett Winchester scored seven of his eight points in overtime to spark Wright State to an 86-81 victory over Oakland on Sunday.

Love totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds and Benzinger added 14 points and 10 boards for the Raiders, who won their fifth straight game and improved to 12-5 overall and 4-0 in the Horizon League.

Mark Hughes chipped in with 19 points, five assists and five steals.

Wright State led 40-32 at halftime, but Kendrick Nunn led a second-half charge for the Golden Grizzlies (9-8, 1-3), scoring 21 of his 32 points after intermission.

Oakland caught up with the Raiders by the midway point of the second half and led 71-68 on two free throws by Jalen Hayes with 16 seconds left in regulation. But Cole Gentry buried a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

Hughes opened the extra period with a 3-point play, but Nunn’s 3 knotted the score. Winchester’s 3-point play gave the Raiders the lead before Nunn hit from long range to knot the score at 77. Hughes hit 1 of 2 free throws to put Wright State up 78-77, Winchester added two free throws and a layup to push the advantage 82-78 and the Raiders held on for the win.

Up next for the Raiders is a first-place showdown Thursday night at Northern Kentucky (11-5, 4-0).

THURSDAY’S GAME

Wright State at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m., ESPN3, 106.5

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