Wright St. 68, Valparaiso 56

BY foxsports • March 4, 2009

Scott Grote came off the bench to score 19 and Wright State hit 17 free throws in the final five minutes as the Raiders beat Valparaiso 68-56 on Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League tournament. Todd Brown added 16 points for Wright State (19-12), and Cooper Land went 6-for-6 from the bench to score 15. Grote went 11-of-13 on free throws, scoring eight in the final five-minutes. Jake Diebler and Michael Rogers scored 14 apiece for the Crusaders (9-22) and De'Andre Haskins came off the bench to add 13. Wright State pulled to a 13-1 lead within 5 minutes of the first half, sparked by a jumper and 3-pointer by Brown. Valparaiso then took over, using seven 3-pointers to pull ahead by 1 at 16:45 of the second half. It was the Crusaders' only lead, and it didn't last long. Land hit a jumper and a 3-pointer and Brown had a dunk to grab a 39-33 lead for the Raiders. Their lead never fell below 5 for the rest of the game.

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