Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Reggie Arceneaux provided 29 points for the Wright State Raiders as they clipped the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 62-62, in a Horizon League thriller at Gentile Arena.
Arceneaux went 9-of-14 from the floor and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:36 left to guide Wright State (13-4, 4-0 Horizon) to its fifth consecutive decision. Cole Darling came up with some clutch plays down the stretch and registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Christian Thomas notched a double-double of his own for Loyola (10-6, 1-3) with 13 points and 11 boards. Ben Averkamp tallied 15 points and Devon Turk contributed 14 points off the bench for the Ramblers in their third loss in a row.
The Ramblers looked to be in control as they took a 33-23 lead into halftime after hitting 45.8 percent of their field goal attempts including 4-of-7 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes. Wright State could not find its touch and shot only 32.1 percent from the floor including 2-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Loyola cooled off after the break to make 40.7 percent of its attempts from the field, but the Raiders caught fire to drain 14-of-23 field goal tries including 6-of-8 from distance to erase the first half deficit. After Arceneaux put the visitors up a single point with 1:35 left in regulation, Turk tried to put the Ramblers back in front with a 3-pointer. Turk's shot was off but Jordan Hicks kept the play alive with an offensive rebound. Darling made a big time defensive play by rejecting Hicks's putback attempt and reeling in the rebound with 50 seconds left.
Arceneaux tried to provide comfort on the scoreboard with a jumper, but he was unable to drain his attempt, which gave Loyola one last chance. Averkamp caught a pass at the charity stripe and drove to the rim for a game-winning attempt, but it rimmed out and after Matt Vest grabbed the rebound for Wright State, he wisely tossed it down to the vacant end of the court to prevent the hosts from extending the contest by fouling.
The 3-point arc made a difference as Wright State outscored the Ramblers, 24-18, from distance to remain perfect in the Horizon League standings.