Nov. 30, 2013
Dayton, Ohio - Wright State placed five players in double figures spearheaded by AJ Pacher's game-high 18 points as the Raiders led from start to finish in an 85-77 win over Western Carolina Saturday night in a nonconference game in the Nutter Center.
Pacher, who went 5-of-6 from the floor -- including knocking down both his 3-pointers -- and 6-of-10 from the free throw line, scored the first points of the game on a three from the corner for the Raiders. It would be a lead WSU would not relinquish over the remaining 37:58 of play.
Leading 9-8 with 13:11 on the clock in the first half following two free throws from Western Carolina's Torrion Brummitt, Wright State opened up the game with an 11-0 run over the next three minutes and 40 seconds to take a 20-8 lead on Cole Darling layup. Rhett Harrelson hit a jumper at the 9:15 mark - WCU's next possession -- to end a four-minute stretch for the Catamounts without any points and an almost five minute spurt without a field goal.
The Raiders held a 12-point lead for the second time in the half, 31-19, with 1:46 left and a 11-point advantage, 35-24, a minute later, but two Tom Tankelewicz free throws ended the half and pulled the Catamounts within nine points, 35-26.
WCU was a sluggish 8-of-24 in the opening 20 minutes for 33 percent, while WSU connected on 13 of its 29 attempts from the field for 45 percent. The Catamounts also handed the ball over 10 times compared for four turnovers over by the Raiders in the fist half.
Coming out the of the intermission, WCU strung together an 8-4 run to cut the WSU margin down to four points, 38-34, on Tawaski King three-point play with 17:50 remaining. However, three and half minutes later, the Raiders extended the gap back to 12 points, 49-37, following an 11-3 run.
The Raider lead hit 15 points -- the highest of the contest -- with 9:21 on the clock following two Miles Dixon free throws. However, Wright State would not make a field over the final 3:13 as WCU cut the lead down to five points, 82-77 with 22 seconds to play. The Raiders converted 13 of their 16 free throws during the stretch to hold on for the 85-77 lead.
WCU improved on its shooting percentage from the first half and ended the game at 42 percent from the floor and 39 percent from behind the arc, while WSU continued its sizzling performance ending at 49 percent overall and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Catamounts finished 20-of-29 from the free throw line, while the Raiders made 29 of their 38 free throw attempts.
Wright State used 17 WCU turnovers to score 20 points, while the Catamounts only scored 13 points off of 16 Raider turnovers.
Trailing Pacher for WSU was Reggie Arceneaux, who scored 12 points, Kendall Griffin and JT Yoho tallied 11 points each and Darling chipped in 10 points. Arceneaux and Yoho came off the bench and were a combined 6-of-10 overall and 5-of-6 from three.
Trey Sumler scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and a 3-of-6 performance from three for the Catamounts. He connected on five of his seven field goal attempts and three of his five 3-point field goals in the second half for 13 points. Tankelewicz also notched 15 points, nine of which came on 3-pointers in the second half. Brandon Boggs went 6-of-10 with one three for the Catamounts as he tallied 13 points.
WCU, who with the loss falls to 5-5, continues its current three-game road trip at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, December 4 before heading back to the state of Ohio for the third and final time with a game at Cleveland State on Monday, December 16 following final exams for the fall semester.
Western Carolina at Wright State Game Notes
- WCU won the opening tip for the seventh time this season ... However, Wright State scored the first points of the game ... It was the fourth time this season WCU's opponent scored first ... WCU is 1-2 when the opponent scores first.
- Wright State scored the first points of the second half; it was the seventh time this season WCU gave up the first points of the second half.
- Sumler for the second straight game scored the majority of his points in the second half ... He had 13 in the final 20 minutes Saturday.
- With his 13 points in the game, Brandon Boggs moves into 37th place on the WCU scoring list with 1,049 career points ... Boggs passed Dave Elmore, 1,044 points, in the first half of play.
- WCU had three players score in double-digits for the third time this season -- Sumler and Tankelewicz with 15 points and Boggs with 13 points.
- Wright State had five players notch double figures - AJ Pacher with 18, Reggie Arceneaux with 12, Kendall Griffin and JT Yoho with 11 and Cole Darling with 10 ... It was the first time WCU's opponent had five players score in double figures since the double overtime loss to Davidson In the Southern Conference Tournament on March 5, 2012.
- WCU is one of only four teams to play ten games in the opening month of the season ... UT-Martin, Abilene Christian and FIU are the other three teams ... All four teams were in action Saturday.