Horizon League Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 8th)
Final Score: Wright State 66, Youngstown State 59
Valparaiso, IN (Sports Network) - Miles Dixon came off the bench to pace four teammates in double figures with 14 points as the third-seeded Wright State Raiders held off the sixth-seeded Youngstown State Penguins, 66-59, in second- round action of the Horizon League Tournament at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
A.J. Pacher and Jerran Young scored 13 points apiece for Wright State (20-11), which has advanced to play second-seeded Detroit in Saturday's semifinal round. Reggie Arceneaux rounded out the balanced effort with 11 points.
For YSU (17-15), Kamren Belin scored a game-high 20 points, while Damian Eargle and Kendrick Perry netted 13 and 11 points, respectively. Eargle also tallied eight rebounds and two blocks for the Penguins.
Wright State got out to a 33-19 lead at intermission by shooting just shy of 46 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, while YSU made good on just 29.6 percent of its field goal attempts.
The Penguins climbed back to make it just a three-point game with under four minutes to play, but they would get no closer. The Raiders held YSU scoreless for the final 2:44 of the contest.
Wright State came out victorious despite getting outscored in the paint, 32-24, and outrebounded, 33-31.
Final Score: Green Bay 64, Illinois-Chicago 63
Valparaiso, IN (Sports Network) - Sultan Muhammad knocked down the game- winning 3-pointer from the right wing with 1.3 seconds remaining as the Green Bay Phoenix captured a thrilling 64-63 win over the Illinois-Chicago Flames in second-round action of the Horizon League Tournament.
Muhammad finished with 10 points, shooting 2-of-6 beyond the arc for the fourth-seeded Phoenix (18-14) in the triumph. Alec Brown scored a team-best 17 points and pulled down six rebounds for the squad, followed by Keifer Sykes with 12 points and five assists.
The fifth-seeded Flames (17-15) were led by Hayden Humes who tallied a game- high 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field. Josh Crittle and Gary Talton accounted for 12 points apiece, the latter handing out six assists as well.
UIC led by as many as three points in the first half, but shooting just 1-of-5 behind the 3-point line in the period left the squad with a 34-29 deficit at the break.
Tied at 61-61 with time running down, Talton was fouled on a fade-away jumper with the shot clock ready to expire. He stepped to the free-throw line and connected on a pair with seven seconds remaining to give UIC a 63-61 edge.
Green Bay then passed the ball in and even though the coaching staff was requesting a time-out once the ball cleared half court, Muhammad got off a clear shot in order to give the Phoenix the win.
In a game that featured eight ties and just as many lead changes, the Flames recorded just four offensive rebounds.
With the victory Green Bay now takes on host and top-seeded Valparaiso in the semifinals on Saturday night for the right to play for the championship on Tuesday.
03/09 01:21:37 ET