INDIANAPOLIS – The Wright State men’s basketball team will play for the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night after the Raiders defeated Cleveland State 82-67 in the semifinals Monday night inside the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Wright State will take on No. 3 Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN, and Raider fans can also listen to the radio call with Chris Collins and Jim Brown on WONE 980 AM.
The No. 4-seeded Raiders (20-13) jumped out to a 22-10 lead early and always had an answer for each run from top-seeded Cleveland State (20-10) throughout the night. Wright State led by 10 at the half and began the second half on a 7-0 run. Cleveland State made a run midway through the second half, getting as close as seven with 9:06 remaining, before a Keaton Norris three-pointer pushed the lead back to 10 points and the Raider lead pushed back double digits for good.
Grant Basile finished with a game-high 27 points on the way to his 11th double-double of the season with his 11 boards, while Tanner Holden also tallied a double-double with his 12 points and 10 rebounds, including eight points in the second half. Tim Finke tallied 12 points of his own, adding seven rebounds, while Norris notched a career-high 10 points behind a trio of three-pointers.
Wright State shot 49 percent (25-of-51) from the floor overall while connecting on nine of 18 three-pointers. Defensively, the Raiders held Cleveland State to just a 3-of-20 mark from deep and 40 percent (25-of-63) from the floor overall. Wright State won the rebound battle 36-32, pulling down 26 defensive boards to Cleveland State’s 16.
D’Moi Hodge led Cleveland State with 16 points and Broc Finstuen had 12 as the only two Vikings in double figures.
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