Wright State Downs EIU Men, 70-43

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Published on December 20 2013 2:05 pm
Last Updated on December 22 2013 3:31 pm
Written by Millie Lange

DAYTON, Ohio  – The Panther men’s basketball team committed a season-high 21 turnovers in a 70-43 loss at Wright State on Thursday night at the Nutter Center. EIU drops to 3-7 on the year.

EIU went 7-for-10 from the floor to start the contest, taking a 21-19 lead on a Sherman Blanford three-point play with 6:45 on the clock. The Raiders (6-7) responded by going on a 10-0 run and holding the Panthers scoreless for six minutes to take a 29-21 advantage at the 1:07 mark. Blanford ended the drought with a layup with 48 seconds on the clocks before AJ Pacher knocked down a shot on Wright State’s final possession of the half to make the score 31-23 at intermission.

Wright State forced 12 Panther turnovers in the first half, turning the miscues into 11 points. All told, the Raiders had 20 points off of turnovers in the contest.

The Raiders hit back-to-back threes to open the second half to take their first double-figure lead, 37-25, before EIU got within nine (40-31) with 15:28 remaining on the clock on an Alex Austin basket. Wright State regained the lead and outscored EIU, 30-12, while holding the Panthers to only three made baskets to end the game.