Cleveland St. 65, Wright St. 63
FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP)—Kevin Francis’ 3-pointer with 12 seconds left propelled Cleveland State past Wright State 65-63 on Saturday night.
Francis’ shot capped a Vikings comeback from a 13-point first-half deficit.
J’Nathan Bullock led Cleveland State (12-5, 5-0 Horizon League) with 12 points, with Joe Davis adding 10.
Vaughn Duggins had 18 points and Jordan Pleiman and Todd Brown had 15 apiece for Wright State (9-6, 2-4), which led all the way until Davis hit a 3-pointer at the 10:46 mark of the second half.
The teams then traded baskets and the lead down the stretch. With the game tied at 62-all, the Raiders took their final lead when Duggins hit the second of two free throws with 25 seconds left.
The Vikings then hurried the ball down, with Francis hitting the shot behind the arc just to the right of the top of the key.
Wright State called a timeout before bringing the ball down the floor, but fumbled it and had to call another timeout with 4.6 seconds left. A pass was knocked out of bounds as time expired, but the officials put another .5 second on the clock.
The Raiders then inbounded to Brown, but his shot was blocked by Cleveland State’s D’Aundray Brown as the final horn sounded.