Wright State lost only 3 games last season at the Nutter Center, and this season they proved their home court was still a tough place to play when Belmont came in to open the season. Defense was a key to this game as Wright State forced Belmont into 21 turnovers, turning those into 16 points. Wright State also stymied the Belmont offense to the tune of 4 points over the final 5 minutes, including an over 2 minutes scoreless streak to end the game.
Senior Chrishawn Hopkins led all scorers with 21 points on 8 for 18 shooting. He scored 4 of the final 7 points in the game with senior Reggie Arceneaux scoring 3 of his 15 points in the final 3 minutes. They also combined to make 9 of their 10 free throws.
Bemont's shooting was solid shooting 47% for the game. Unfortunately their 21 turnovers limited them to only 51 shots, to Wright State's 60. The Bruins were led by Evan Bradds' 21 points and 7 rebounds. Bradds was helped out by Reece Chamberlain's double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, 5 of which were offensive.
This game was a back and forth affair with the score tying 15 times and the lead changing 9 times. Belmont had the largest lead of the night at 8 points with 15:47 left in the 1st half.
Belmont will next face the Lipscomb Bison at home on Monday and Wright State will take on Ohio Dominican Panthers at home on Sunday.