DAYTON – Trey Calvin’s career-high 37 points were not enough on Wednesday night as the Wright State men’s basketball team fell to Davidson 102-97 in double overtime inside the Nutter Center to open the 2022-23 season.
Calvin tallied 17 points in the first 20 minutes as Wright State (0-1) shot 57 percent from the floor in the first half and led by as many as 21 before taking a 52-36 advantage into the locker room. Davidson (2-0) came out firing in the second half to cut into the deficit and take the lead, as the visitors shot 60 percent from the floor in the second 20 minutes to eventually tying the game at 79-all on a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Raiders had a pair of chances to win in the closing moments of regulation, first when Calvin’s three-point attempt was off the mark and the ball went out of bounds to Davidson with two seconds remaining. Davidson’s inbound attempt was tipped by Brandon Noel towards the top of the arc, but Calvin’s running, quick shot attempt to beat the horn hit back iron to go to overtime.
Davidson used a 10-3 run at the start of the first overtime to push to an 89-82 lead before the Raiders forced a second extra period with the next seven points, including a jumper by Calvin to tie the score at 89-all with four seconds remaining to force the second overtime. The visitors played with the lead throughout double overtime, with Keaton Norris’ jumper pulling the Raiders to within one with 40 seconds remaining. A Davidson three-pointer from Foster Loyer with 18 seconds remaining pushed the visitor advantage to two possessions to give them the win.
Calvin finished with a 14-of-33 shooting night in 43 minutes of action on the way to his 37 points, adding a trio of three pointers along with four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Amari Davis tallied a double-double in his first game as a Raider, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while AJ Braun and Tim Finke each just missed double-doubles of their own. Both finished with 11 points as Braun pulled down nine rebounds and Finke added eight rebounds to his stat line.
Wright State ended the night shooting 44 percent (39-88) from the floor while connecting on eight three-pointers (8-30, 27 percent) and was 11-of-15 (73 percent) from the free throw stripe. Davidson doubled up the Raiders at the line, going 22-of-36 (61 percent) at the stripe while shooting 52 percent (35-67) from the floor overall and hitting 10-of-23 three-point attempts (44 percent).
The Raiders now get set to go on the road for the first time this season on Saturday, as they visit Louisville for a 1 p.m. tipoff. Saturday’s game can be seen on ACC Network Extra and ESPN+.
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