Jaylon Hall made a 3-pointer with 7:50 left before halftime to give Wright State a 20-18 lead and the Raiders never trailed again. Tye Wilburn's layup with 20 seconds before intermission capped a 14-6 run.
David Efianayi made a pair of free throws, Jaheam Cornwall had a layup and a jumper, and the Bulldogs closed to 38-35 with 14 minutes left. Wright State then reeled off eight-straight points and was never threatened again. Wright State had a 39-27 rebounding advantage and collected 10 steals.
The Bulldogs scored just nine points in the final 10 minutes. Liam O'Reilly led Gardner-Webb (2-4) with 16 points and Efianayi scored 12. The Bulldogs committed 28 fouls, turned it over 22 times and shot 15 for 51 (29.4 percent) from the field.