Manhattan 76, Wright St. 74
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—Dave Holmes had 27 points—including 15 straight in the second half—and 15 rebounds to lead Manhattan to a 76-74 win over Wright State in the second game of the Billy Minardi Classic on Tuesday night.
Luis Flores had 16 and Jared Johnson had 10 for the Jaspers (4-1), who came back from a 47-35 halftime deficit.
Wright State (5-3) had only four first-half turnovers but doubled that total during an 11-2 Manhattan run early in the second half.
Raiders’ guard Vernard Hollins, who had 20 points in the first half, twisted his left knee with 11:22 remaining and left the game.
The Jaspers took a 56-55 lead with Hollins on the bench, but Hollins returned with 10:22 to go. He made a midcourt steal and had a breakaway dunk with 9:45 remaining to put Wright State back on top.
But Holmes sank a 3-pointer with 7:56 left to start his streak of consecutive points. The Jaspers never trailed again, as Holmes went 8-of-9 from the free-throw line in the final 5:40.
Hollins led Wright State with 27 points and eight rebounds.
The Jaspers will play Louisville (4-1) in the tournament’s championship on Wednesday night. The Cardinals defeated Eastern Kentucky 104-63 in Tuesday’s opener.
The two-day tournament is named for Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s best friend and brother-in-law, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.