DETROIT — For the fifth time in 10 years, the Wright State men’s basketball team will play in the Horizon League Championship game, as the Raiders outscored Oakland 6-1 in the final minute to pull out a 59-55 victory in the semifinals Monday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The win advances Wright State to tonight’s March 8 championship game for the fifth time in 10 years. The Raiders won the title in 2007 and also appeared in the finals in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
The Raiders shot 51 percent for the game, were six of 13 from three-point range and five of six at the foul line compared to 39 percent shooting, six of 19 from three and 15 of 18 at the stripe for the Golden Grizzlies. WSU finished with a 28-25 rebounding edge and led 30-20 in points in the paint.
Mark Alstork led the way with 18 points while J.T. Yoho added 15, 11 in the second half, Daniel Mortensen 11 off the bench and Bigie Minnis eight along with five assists and five rebounds.
Kay Felder paced Oakland (21-11) with 18 points, 15 coming in the second half, while Jalen Hayes had 14 and Max Hooper nine.
Wright State (22-12) will face Green Bay (22-12), who upset #1 seed Valparaiso 99-92 in overtime in the first semifinal, for the championship at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. The game will be televised on ESPN with the winner receiving an automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Tournament.