Wright State connected on its first six field goal attempts to build an early lead, and fought off a number of Charleston Southern runs to beat the Buccaneers, 86-79, Saturday night at the Buc Dome.
The loss was the first of the season for CSU (2-1). Wright State improved to 3-1.
The Raiders built a quick 14-5 lead in the opening minutes behind hot shooting and went on to shoot 58 percent for the game. CSU cut the lead to three in the second half, but could not find a way to cool off the Raiders.
WSU's J.T. Yoho played in his first game after missing the first three games and had a career-high 25 points in the win. He was 10-of-17 from the floor and hit a 50-foot shot from beyond half court as the first half clock expired to stop the Bucs' momentum from a late run.
Arlon Harper sparked the Bucs with 24 points. He hit a key 3-pointer in the second half to help cut the lead 66-63 with nine minutes to play, but Yoho answered with a layup and a 3-pointer to push the Raider lead back out to 71-63.
Every spurt the Bucs could put together, Wright State had an offensive answer. Forward Joe Thomasson had 16 points and nine rebounds to go with Chrishawn Hopkins added 14 points and four rebounds. WSU was 30-of-52 from the field and above 50 percent from 3-point range (10-of-19).
CSU had a 19-3 edge on the offensive boards and outrebounded the Raiders by 15, but couldn't convert a number of easy put back opportunities in the first half.
Saah Nimley and Will Saunders each had 15 points and Aaron Wheeler added 11 points in the second half.