Offense On Display As Panthers Rout Stars
Nov. 3, 2004
MILWAUKEE - Five players reached double figures as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee put on an offensive display in its exhibition opener, claiming a 112-63 win over the World Basketball Stars Wednesday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
UWM was never challenged after making a 15-0 run midway through the first half, building a 34-13 lead at the 9:42 mark of the half and then leading by as many as 53 points in the second half.
UWM shot 63 percent for the game and made 13-of-24 three-point shots. The Panthers played 14 players and 13 of them scored.
"Some of the things we did were good but obviously we didn't execute some things," UWM head coach Bruce Pearl said. "As you can tell, we have some offensive weapons. We probably won't play this many people but we have some depth."
The Panthers built a 19-7 lead in the first six minutes. The Stars did close the gap to six at 19-13 but would never get that close again. The 15-0 run, capped by a three-point basket by McCants, gave the Panthers a 34-13 edge.
The lead continued to grow for UWM, as a pair of free throws by Davis made it 47-22 and a layup by Chris Hill pushed the lead to 31 at 57-26. A layup by Sanders made it 61-27 late in the half and UWM carried a 61-29 lead into the locker room.
UWM simply extended its lead in the second half, building an 83-44 advantage on a Tucker layup, an 96-50 lead on a Ford layup and a 112-59 advantage on a Derrick Wimmer three-point basket.
UWM concludes the exhibition season next Wednesday, hosting NCAA Division III quarterfinalist Lawrence at the U.S. Cellular Arena.