DAYTON (WSU ATHLETICS) - The Wright State men's basketball team renewed its long-time rivalry with nearby Miami University Wednesday night at the Nutter Center but came away with a heartbreaker as the Raiders, down by as much as 12 in the first half, took the lead late but fell as Miami hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to win 65-62.
Bill Wampler and Skyelar Potter led the way with 17 points each as Loudon Love finished with eight points, and Mark Hughes grabbed six rebounds. WSU shot 42% overall but 57% in the second half during the comeback. Each team scored 22 points in the paint, but Miami outscored the Raiders 19-4 on second chance points. The RedHawks outrebounded WSU 38-28.
The RedHawks took the halftime lead 30-21 after being up most of the first 20 minutes of play. Wampler finished with seven points while Love had four points and three rebounds. MU shot 50% from the field with 12 overall field goals, including five threes. WSU shot just 28% with three threes. Miami held a 20-13 edge on the boards as the RedHawks' bench outscored WSU 13-7.
The Raiders' offense came alive as they tied the game at 43 on a Wampler free throw at 8:43. The teams exchanged leads as Wampler hit a three with six seconds remaining to tie the score at 62. After a Miami timeout, Isaiah Coleman-Lands hit a three at the buzzer to give MU the win 65-62. Wampler scored 10 points in the final 20 minutes, but Potter paced the comeback with 15 points in the second half. That paced the Raider bench to outscore Miami's bench 18-7. The Raiders shot 56% from the field with four threes.
"I am really proud of our guys in the second half, but you have to give Miami a lot of credit. We bounced back and hit some hard shots. Rebounding was a big factor in the game. If you win the glass by 10, your odds of winning are excellent."
Wright State will hit the road for a game at Kent State Saturday at 4 pm. Fans can follow that game on ESPN+ or listen to Chris Collins and Jim Brown on Big 106.5 FM and the iHeart Radio app. The Raiders come home to host Northwestern Ohio Dec. 13.
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The Wright State men's and women's Coaches Shows will return Dec. 10 at Flyboys Deli in the Fairfield Mall. Men's head coach Scott Nagy will be on at 6 pm. Fans can come by for delicious food or tune in WONE, 980 AM or use the iHeart App. It will also be streamed live through wsuraiders.com.