Dayton -- As the clock wound down, the fans were on the edge of their seat hoping their home team, the Wright State Raiders would hold the visiting IPFW Mastodons to under 60 points.
With 1:08 left the Raiders led 72-58 and then Wright State’s Scottie Wilson fouled Justin Hawkins as he attempted a shot. The Raider fans groaned and fell back into their seats.
Hawkins made the first shot and the Raider fans moved up to the edge of their seats. Then he missed the second foul shot. The Raiders grabbed the ball and got it to Will Graham who then missed a short jumper with 25 seconds to go, but to the relief of the crowd Wilson came down with the rebound and kicked it out to DeShaun Wood.
Wood dribbled out the clock and the crowd cheered because they just got a free Big Mac from a season long promotion that kicks in when Wright State holds their opponents to under 60 points.
Wright State (8-6, 1-0 HL) led by 12 at the half 35-23. Wood who led all scorers with 24 points including 12 for 12 from the free throw line, got the Raiders going to start the second half with a lay up to send the Raiders up by 14 points 37-23.
Wright State Coach Brad Brownell thought that coming out strong to start the second half was a key to the Raiders’ victory.
“Out of the half I thought our guys did a pretty good job of sustaining it for the first maybe five minutes. We didn’t play great but we sustained our lead and kept them at bay,” explained Brownell.
It would have been easy for Wright State to have a let down against the 4-10 independent Mastodons but to their credit the Raiders managed to put a stop to several runs that IPFW (4-11) made.
“I give Wright State credit. I think the sign of a good team is being able to play against a lesser known team,” said IPFW Coach Dane Fife. “I would imagine there are probably maybe two guys in this room that could pronounce our name right before this game.”
For the record it is pronounced………Mass-tow-dons.
The Mastodons did get the score down to seven points three times during the game, but Wright State managed to respond to get the score back to double digits.
IPFW’s DeWitt Scott scored 21 points and he was the only Mastodon to score in double digits, although Jaraun Burrows did pull down 12 rebounds.
IPFW did lead a few times in the first half. They did get it to three points at the 11:03 mark and that was their lead of the game.
A little over a minute later Wright State took the lead for good on a lay up by Graham when they went up 16-14.
For Wright State aside from Wood, both Jordan Pleiman and Todd Brown scored 10 points.
*Wright State leads the all-time series 9-3
*As Dane Fife walked out of the media room he said, “You better jump on board they (Wright State) are a good team.”
*It is a “three thing”……with 3:33 left in the game IPFW’s number three, got fouled by Jordan Pleiman and went to the line to shoot three foul shots.
*IPFW plays their next game at home against Anderson University on Thursday at 7 p.m.
*Wright State’s next home game is Thursday against UIC at 7 p.m.