Second-Half Surge Propels Panthers Over Loyola
Feb. 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee used a 19-3 run early in the second half to swing a five-point deficit into a nine-point advantage and never looked back en route to a 71-53 win over Loyola Tuesday night at the Klotsche Center.
Milwaukee held the Ramblers (13-12, 3-9) to 24.1 percent from the floor in the second half, while UWM connected on better than 63 percent of its shots after halftime.
"It feels good to have a win," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "For the first time this year I think it was our second-half spurt that was the difference in a game rather than the other team's. We've been battling all season and coming up on the short end, but tonight it feels good to be on the other end."
Not much was decided in the first 20 minutes. A three by Payne Cully from near midcourt gave Loyola a five-point edge at the break and a layup by Jordan Hicks gave the Ramblers a 29-22 lead less than one minute in the second half.
Milwaukee then found its rhythm, started with a layup and free-throw from Demetrius Harris, who finished with eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes.
A layup by Gulley tied the game at 31 and pair of dunks by freshman Austin Arians sandwiching a two pointer by Aaron quickly gave the Panthers a six-point lead. Panoske added a three-point play the hard way to give Milwaukee a 41-32 lead and the team never looked back from there.
UWM made 24 free throws on the night, including 24 in the second half to ice the game.
"We've were down and it wasn't pretty. It wasn't pretty in the first 20 minutes and it wasn't pretty to start the second half, but these guys kept battling and all of the sudden it just started to happen and you could see the mood on the bench change. That's what we've been waiting for," Jeter said.
The Panthers hit the road for a weekend road trip in Ohio, starting with a Friday contest at Youngstown State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST.