Raiders Basile becoming a matchup problem for Horizon League teams; scores career-high 29 in win over Robert Morris Friday 1/30/2021

Grant Basile

For the second straight Friday,ย Grant Basileย tallied a career scoring night as the Wright State men’s basketball team opened the weekend with a 79-70 home victory over Horizon League newcomer Robert Morris inside the Nutter Center.

The Raiders (12-4, 10-3 HL) saw Basile finish with 29 points, including 19 in the second half, on the way to a double-double in his third consecutive 20-plus point game as the hosts overcame four double-digit scorers from Robert Morris (3-8, 2-6 HL). Basile’s scoring output was the highest of any Raider this season.
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Basile finished the night 13-of-20 from floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw stripe, while his 11 rebounds were also a game high. The big man played 38 minutes, including all 20 in the second half, joiningย Tanner Holdenย with that mark.
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Holden finished with 16 points of his own, including an 8-of-8 mark at the free throw line, while passing out a game-high six assists.ย Jaylon Hallย was the third Raider in double figures, finishing with 10 points off the bench in 27 minutes of action.
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After the Raiders scored the opening points of the night on a Holden layup, the visitors scored the next 12 points to jump out in front. Wright State tracked down the Colonials, going on a 15-5 run of its own to pull even at 17-all at the eight-minute mark. The remainder of the half was back-and-forth, with the Raiders taking a three-point advantage into the break.
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Wright State began the second half by scoring nine of the first 12 points, capped by aย Loudon Loveย dunk with 17:11 remaining, before Robert Morris responded with a 9-0 run of its own to knot things at 40-all with 14 minutes to play. Following baskets from both sides, the Raiders rattled off a 10-2 run, keyed by four points from Basile and a three-pointer from Hall before a three-point play from Love, to push the advantage to eight points. Robert Morris cut the deficit to six a few possessions later, but were unable to get any closer as the Raiders kept the visitors at arms-length over the final 10 minutes.
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After starting just 3-of-17 from the floor, the Raiders bounced back to finish the night with a 47 percent rate (30-of-64) overall while hitting 5-of-17 (29 percent) from three-point range. Robert Morris was 45 percent (29-of-65) overall and was 10-of-25 (40 percent) from long range. The difference came at the free throw line, where Robert Morris was just 2-of-2, while the Raiders were 14-of-17 (82 percent).
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Wright State win the battle on the boards, 37-36, while tallying 48 points in the paint behind Basile’s career effort.
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Robert Morris’ Kahliel Spear finished with a team-high 18 points, while Kam Farris had 16 and both Jon Williams and Trayden Williams finished with 14 points.

The teams wrap up the weekend Saturday afternoon with a 5 p.m. tipoff on ESPN+ and WRZX 106.5 FM.

GAME RECAP COURTESY WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

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