Travell Washington made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give visiting UIC a 75-72 overtime win against Wright State in the Horizon League opener for both teams Friday night, wiping out the heroics of Raiders guard Cole Gentry.Gentry had eight of his 24 points in the OT, including a top-of-the-key trey to tie the game at 72 with 7.7 seconds left.
After a timeout, the Raiders seemed to get the ball stopped away from the basket, but the Flames found a wide-open Washington with a quick pass to the corner.The Raiders are 6-8 overall and 0-6 in games decided by seven points or fewer.
Marcus Ottey had 23 points and Tarkus Ferguson 18 points and 10 rebounds for UIC (7-7).The Raiders had two chances to win at the end of regulation. But Parker Ernsthausen missed a dive with 29 seconds left and, after a UIC turnover with 1.9 seconds to go, Hughes had a short jumper blocked at the buzzer.
Cole Gentry had eight of his 24 points in overtime for Wright State (6-8). His 3-pointer with eight seconds left in the extra period tied it at 72 before Washington’s winner.Neither team led by more than three in the extra period. Ottey’s jumper with 1:13 left tied it at 67, Ferguson’s 3-pointer at 45 seconds made it 70-67 and the Flames never trailed again.
Wright State led 57-52 with 2:28 left in the second half and UIC closed the period on a 7-2 run to force overtime.The Wright State men’s basketball team opened the Horizon League schedule Friday night by hosting UIC as the Flames hit a three pointer at the buzzer to win 75-72 in overtime.
WSU’s Cole Gentry tied the game at 72 with eight seconds remaining, but Travell Washington gave UIC the victory. WSU is now 6-8, 0-1 while the Flames go to 7-7, 1-0. Gentry led all scorers with 24 points on four threes and five assists. Alan Vest and Mark Hughes each ended with 11 points. Loudon Love, limited with an ankle injury, finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes. WSU outrebounded the Flames 48-42 while forcing 17 turnovers and hitting 11 from behind the arc.
Without preseason all Horizon League player Loudon Love to start the game, the Raiders jumped to a 10-4 start off threes from Hughes and Gentry. Love entered the game at the first media timeout. The Flames shot their way back into the game, tying it at 15 by the 10:06 mark. UIC then led 20-19 at the final media timeout and took a 27-24 lead at the buzzer. Vest had seven points and Hughes six as Love grabbed five rebounds.
The teams exchanged baskets as WSU took a 38-37 advantage in the 13th minute. Following a scuffle and assessed technicals to Love and Jordan Blount, three Flames were ejected for leaving the bench as UIC led 45-41. The Flames continued to lead at 49-48 at the eight-minute timeout. The teams were tied at 58 after 40 minutes to force WSU’s first overtime game of the season.
The teams exchanged leads and four more ties until Gentry’s long three looked like a second overtime, but Washington hit his three as time ran out. Gentry scored eight points in the final five minutes.
“The real miracle is we go 11 of 40 from three and managed to get it to overtime and lose in a last second shot. It shows how hard the guys are playing. I am sure I have never had a team shoot 40 threes ever, but they were good shots.”
The Raiders host IUPUI Sunday at 2 pm. IUPUI is now 8-6, 0-1 after losing at Northern Kentucky 92-77 Friday.