Gulley Leads Three-Point Barrage As Panthers Knock Off Detroit
Jan. 14, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Paris Gulley poured in 26 points and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee blitzed Detroit with a 51-point first half en route to an 84-74 win Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
The Panthers (13-6, 6-1 Horizon) made 10 three-pointers in the first half alone and wound up leading by as many as 26 points in the second half before hanging on.
UWM shot 58.5 percent for the game, making 14 three-pointers. The Panthers actually tried 24 fewer field goals than the Titans (9-11, 3-5) but efficiently remained in first place in the Horizon League.
Allen's performance, which also included three assists, three rebounds, a steal and three charges taken, was particularly noteworthy as his status was up in the air until game time because of an ankle sprain he suffered in Thursday night's win over Wright State.
Ray McCallum scored 23 points to lead Detroit.
Gulley was the star of the night for Milwaukee. The junior-college transfer has been looking more comfortable of late offensively but could not be slowed on Saturday.
"I was just taking my time, setting my feet and my teammates were finding me," Gulley said. "I was just knocking them down and not thinking about it."
Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter liked what he saw from his team, which has now won three in a row after dropping two in a row on the road.
"I'm just really pleased at how our guys came back and were able to take care of this three-game home stretch after being on the road for so long," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "The first 20 minutes tonight was probably some of the best basketball we have played all season."
The Panthers hit four of their first five 3-point attempts, with Gulley long-distance shot making it 14-7 before two Allen free throws extended the edge to 6-7. Milwaukee pushed the lead into double figures for the first time at 21-11 on a three by Williams and then went up 27-15 on a pair of free throws from Gulley.
The lead grew to 35-21 on a three by Gulley and hit 41-24 on a pair of free throws by Tony Meier with just under five minutes to play. UWM was far from done in the first half, though, as threes by Kyle Kelm and Gulley pushed the edge to 51-29. Milwaukee then led 51-31 at the break.
UWM quickly extended the lead at the start of the second half, with a three by Gulley pushing the lead to 59-33 with 17:15 to play. The Titans gradually trimmed the deficit, though Milwaukee still led by 18 points with under seven minutes to play. Detroit was able to take advantage of some missed free throws by the Panthers to pull within 79-72 with under a minute to play, but Milwaukee then hit five of its final six tries from the line to close out the victory.
The Panthers now hit the road this week, playing at Youngstown State Friday night and at Cleveland State Sunday afternoon. The Penguins play at Butler Sunday afternoon with a chance to move to within a game of first place, while the Vikings can tie the Panthers atop the standings with a win at Valparaiso.