By Annie Walker
DAYTON – Five players scored in double figures on Thursday night as the Wright State men’s basketball team opened a four-game homestand with an 81-62 victory over Bethel inside the Nutter Center.
Wright State (4-5) now gets set for a showdown with Western Kentucky Tuesday night, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. inside the Nutter Center.
On Thursday, Trey Calvin scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, while Alex Huibregtse stuffed his stat line with a 13-point night on 6-of-9 shooting, added eight rebounds, six assists and two steals, with each of the later three numbers tying career-highs for him. Brandon Noel added 12 points and Tanner Holden chipped in 11, with AJ Braun recording his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.
Bethel, 7-2 and receiving votes in the latest NAIA national poll, was pesky throughout the night, with the first half featuring all of the night’s seven lead changes and four tied scores before the Raiders took a three-point, 40-37 lead into the locker room. After Bethel tallied the first basket of the second half to pull within one, Wright State scored 10 of the next 12 points over a four-minute stretch to push the margin to a comfortable nine points. Later, with the Raider advantage trimmed to five, Wright State rattled off a 17-7 run to push the margin to double digits with over six minutes to play and cruise to the finish line.
Wright State finished the night shooting 52 percent (33-of-64) from the floor while holding Bethel to a 36 percent shooting mark (24-of-67), including just 30 percent in the second half. The visitors were 4-of-20 (20 percent) from three-point range with an 0-of-6 mark in the second half, while the Raiders were 5-of-15 (33 percent) from three on the night. The Raiders turned 14 Bethel turnovers into 22 points while finishing with a 41-38 rebounding edge.
COURTESY WRIGHT STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS