The path to a Horizon League regular-season championship got a lot tougher Friday afternoon as Wright State fell out of first place with a 66-56 loss to IUPUI at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
The Raiders started slow offensively, failing to score in the first five minutes, and they never fully recovered despite leading by as many as four in the second half.
The loss, Wright State’s third in its last four road games, dropped the Raiders to 21-9 overall and 13-4 in the HL, a half game behind Northern Kentucky, which will play at UIC tonight.
A Norse win would mean WSU would need to beat UIC on Sunday and have NKU lose at IUPUI in order for the Raiders to win their first HL regular-season title in 11 years.
If the Flames win tonight, there will be a three-way tie for first going into Sunday’s final day of action.
IUPUI (11-17, 8-9) matched Wright State’s early offensive struggles, hitting one field goal in the first 8 minutes and 11 seconds. But the Jaguars scored 22 of their 39 second-half points at the free throw line to win for the fourth time in five games.
Freshman Everett Winchester led WSU with 12 points off the bench, while senior Grant Benzinger added 11.