Wright State fought back from a 14-point early second-half deficit to deal Loyola-Chicago a 62-59 setback on Monday night in a Horizon League game in Fairborn, Ohio. The Raiders (15-8, 6-4) trailed 36-22 in the opening minutes of the second half and were still down by 13 at 51-38 after Cully Payne made two free throws for Loyola. The Ramblers (13-10, 3-7) were up by eight points at 55-47 when they lost senior leader Ben Averkamp on fouls with 4:43 left, but the Raiders closed out the game on a 15-4 run. Wright State, which had overcome an 11-point deficit to win the first meeting at Loyola on Jan. 11, tied the score at 59 when Miles Dixon hit two free throws with 2:12 left. The Raiders took their first lead since a 2-0 advantage when Cole Darling hit a turnaround jumper with 1:18 left to make it 61-59. Dixon made one of two free throws with 8.0 seconds on the clock, giving the Ramblers an opportunity for the tie, but they lost control of the ball and time ran out in the scramble for the ball. Loyola shot 50 percent from the field (18 of 36) but had 24 turnovers compared with 13 for Wright State, which shot 44.9 percent. Darling led all scorers with 17 points. Christian Thomas led Loyola with 13. Averkamp left the game with just eight points, about half his 15.8 average.
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