Barnes’ 24 helps Indiana State hold off Wright State, 69-63

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Jordan Barnes knocked down five 3-pointers and put up 24 points as Indiana State held off Wright State in the closing minutes to take a 69-63 win and pick up its fifth win in six games Saturday.

Indiana State took a 31-27 advantage at intermission, but the Raiders came back to take the lead early in the second half when Billy Wampler drew a foul in the backcourt and hit all three attempts from the line to tie the game at 34-34, then hit from deep for a 37-34 advantage.

The Sycamores retook the lead on a Barnes trey with just under 14 minutes left, but Wright State remained close, cutting its deficit to just two points, 63-61 with 1:21 remaining on Wampler’s 3-pointer, but Clayton Hughes answered with a jumper and Barnes added two free throws and the Sycamores allowed only a Cole Gentry layup in the closing seconds to put the game away.

Wampler finished with 22 points and Loudon Love grabbed 11 rebounds for Wright State (4-4).