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Wright State Controls Second Half for Win at Northern Kentucky

The Wright State men's basketball team held Northern Kentucky to 18 points in the second half as the Raiders picked up a 60-46 Horizon League win over the Norse Saturday afternoon at the BB&T Arena.

NKU jumped out to an early 11-4 lead before the Raiders cut the deficit to one with six straight points. Northern Kentucky pushed the advantage back up to five on three different occasions until WSU used another 6-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 22-21 on a Joe Thomasson jumper at the 2:29 mark of the first half.

The Norse went back in front by four late in the period, but Wright State went into the halftime break with momentum as a Mark Alstork three-point play made it 28-27.

NKU hit 12 of 19 shots in the first half for 63 percent, including three of five from three-point range, while WSU shot 40 percent, but was just one of eight from behind the arc.

A Michael Karena layup in the opening minute of the second half gave the Raiders the lead for good at 31-30 and a 12-0 burst, including threes by Grant Benzinger and JT Yoho, extended the margin to 46-32 with 9:52 to play.

Northern Kentucky would get no closer than nine the rest of the way as Wright State held its biggest advantage of the contest at 60-43 on two Thomasson foul shot with 1:23 left.

WSU hit 12 of 24 shots the final 20 minutes, including three of five three-pointers, to end up at 44 percent overall while NKU made just five of 22 shots for 23 percent in shooting 42 percent for the game.

Alstork led the way for the Raiders with 18 points while Yoho had 13 off the bench and Thomasson added 11 and Karena nine.

Wright State (8-8, 2-1 Horizon) begins a five-game homestand next weekend with games against Cleveland State on Thursday, January 14, and Youngstown State on Saturday, January 16, with both contests starting at 7:00.

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