Benzinger scores 23 points, Wright State wins 80-73
DETROIT (AP) — Grant Benzinger made a career-tying six 3-pointers and scored 23 points and Wright State held off Detroit Mercy for an 80-73 victory on Friday night.
Benzinger was 6 of 12 from the arc, leading a 9-of-20 3-point showing for the Raiders (11-5, 3-0 Horizon League). Cole Gentry added a career-high 14 points and freshman Loudon Love 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double.
Tariq Jones came off the bench to score 15 points and grab nine rebounds, both career highs, for the Titans (4-12, 0-3). Kameron Chatman added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season.
Benzinger scored nine points in a 14-0 run on the Raiders’ way to a 43-27 halftime lead. They led by 12 when the Titans gradually closed to a point, 70-69, with four minutes left. Benzinger hit a 3-pointer and Gentry scored for a six-point lead with 1:23 to go. From there, two free throws by Parker Ernsthausen and three points from Justin Mitchell were enough.