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Wright State tops Bullswith a last-second shot

Jimmy Baxter scores a game-high 27 points, but USF can't hold early lead.

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published December 15, 2002

DAYTON, Ohio -- Tyson Freeman hit a jumper as time ran out to lift Wright State to a 69-68 win over South Florida on Saturday.

South Florida led 64-63 with 1:55 to play when Seth Doliboa made two free throws for Wright State. Terry Leather was fouled by Joe Bills and made the second of two free throws to tie it at 65.

Freeman then scored two at the 17-second mark, but Leather made a 3-pointer to put South Florida ahead by one with eight seconds left.

Freeman then clinched the game for Wright State with his last-second shot.

Wright State led 34-29 at halftime.

South Florida's Jimmy Baxter scored a game-high 27. Will McDonald added 20 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bulls took a 13-4 lead seven minutes into the game. They were ahead 17-7 with 11:48 to go in the first half, but the Raiders chipped away and tied it at 23 on two free throws by Freeman 3:58 before the half. The Raiders led 32-27 after Vernard Hollins hit two free throws.

USF tied it at 41 when Jimmy Baxter hit a 3-pointer with 14:45 left. Neither team had more than a four-point lead down the stretch.

USF outshot Wright State 47 percent to 36 percent from the field, but the Raiders were 24-of-29 from the free-throw line. Wright State forced 22 turnovers and scored 20 off them.

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