CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jon Harris tallied his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, but Cleveland State dropped just its second home game of the season, 49-46, to Wright State in a defensive struggle on Sunday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.
The Vikings had a chance to tie the game, but a 30-foot, off-balance three-point attempt from the left wing by Trey Lewis was just long and the Raiders escaped CSU's late comeback bid.
CSU fell to 11-9 overall and 3-3 in the league, while the Raiders improved to 12-9 overall and took over sole possession of second place in the Horizon League at 4-2.
Harris finished 6-of-12 from the field, giving the CSU sixth man his ninth double figure scoring game of the season. Bryn Forbes added 14 points and six rebounds, while Lewis grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and Marlin Mason blocked three shots.
Jerran Young was the only Raider to reach double-figures, scoring 10 points to lead a balanced attack.
The Raiders opened up their largest lead of the game (44-31) with eight minutes to play on a Kendall Griffin three-pointer, but a Harris tip-in and Lewis three-pointer brought the Vikings back within eight (44-36) with 6:37 to play.
But a three-point play by Young on the next possession extended the WSU lead back to 11 points (47-38). After two Harris free throws, Matt Vest scored on a breakaway dunk to push the Raider lead back to nine with 3:15 to play. It would be the last points of the afternoon for WSU as the Vikings held the Raiders to a pair of missed shots and a 35-second shot clock violation on their final three possessions.
A Devon Long offensive rebound and putback, a Harris baseline dunk and Lewis floater in the lane brought the Vikings back within three (49-46) with 44 seconds to play and after the WSU shot clock violation, the Vikings had a chance to send the game into overtime. Lewis' desperation three-pointer from the left wing was on line, but was just long.
Both teams struggled from the field in a match-up of two of the top defenses in the league. CSU shot just 16-of-49 (.327), while the Raiders were 18-of-54 (.333). The Vikings held a 37-32 advantage on the glass.
A Harris alley-oop dunk off a Lewis assist gave CSU a 19-14 lead at the 7:12 mark of the first half, but the Raiders closed the half on a 15-4 run to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.
The Vikings are back in action on Wednesday (Jan. 22) when CSU travels to UIC for an 8:00 p.m. EST contest.