Vikings Use Big Second-Half Run To Trip Panthers
Feb. 17, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio - Bryn Forbes tied a Cleveland State season-high with 24 points and the Vikings outscored the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team 51-30 in the second half to claim an 88-67 victory Sunday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.
After a pair of free throws by J.J. Panoske, UWM (6-22, 2-12 Horizon) led 41-39, but the Vikings (13-15, 5-9) offense then exploded to go on a 29-8 run to open the game up and take a commanding 68-49 lead.
Jordan Aaron led the way for UWM with 18 points, Austin Arians had 15 and Paris Gulley had 12 for the Panthers who shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the floor, the third-straight game the team has set a season best in shooting.
CSU connected on 52.5 percent of their shots and claimed a 36-23 edge in rebounds. That strong showing on the boards led to 22 second-chance points for the Vikings spurred by Charlie Lee who netted 17 of his 20 points after the break, including four 3-point baskets.
"We just ran out of gas," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We've played a lot of games here down the stretch. I know other teams are doing it, but we brought 11 guys on this trip and only 10 were available today. Fatigue really set it. It's mental and physical.
"Our guys answered an impressive run by Cleveland State in the first half and I thought we started the game well. In the second half, we just couldn't get to the rebounds. 22 second-chance points. Physically, they could get to the ball quicker than we could and it was the reason they could get those runs going.
"We shot over a point per possession. We shot great numbers, but it's our lack of being able to get stops right now that's hurting us."
Milwaukee came out of the gates strong, connecting on seven of its first 11 shots, led by Gulley who had seven of the team's first nine points.
After a three by Aaron, the Panthers claimed a 17-9 lead with 11:03 remaining in the first half, the largest lead for either team in the opening frame.
Cleveland State managed to rattle of a 19-8 run to build a seven-point lead late in the first half, but a run by UWM capped by a tough jumper by Aaron with a hand in his face as the first-half buzzer sounded knotted the game at 37 apiece at the break.
"We're not making any excuses but fatigue does set in. I saw it in our guys for the first time tonight - I saw that, just physically it looked like they couldn't get to places," Jeter said.
"We're trying to put guys in positions to have some success. I liked the pace of our game, we're doing a great job there but it's just the defensive-end and our inability to stop putting that much pressure on us on the offensive end. We can't allow runs to happen because of second-chance opportunities. I'm pleased that, offensively, we've started to establish a pace. It's on the defensive end that we can't plug enough of the holes."
Milwaukee now returns home for its final regular-season home contest of the year when it hosts UIC Wednesday night at the Klotsche Center for a 7 p.m. contest.