Aaron's Late Free Throws Secure Comeback Win For Panthers
Nov. 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Jordan Aaron hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee a 68-67 win over UW-Parkside in a men's basketball exhibition game Monday night at the Klotsche Center.
The Panthers trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and by six with a minute remaining before rallying for the victory.
The final Milwaukee surge started with a three-pointer from Ryan Haggerty with 43 seconds left, bringing the Panthers within two at 67-65. Thierno Niang then stole the ball and was intentionally fouled on a layup attempt with 15 seconds left, making a single free throw to make it 67-66. UWM kept possession of the ball, setting up Aaron for a hard drive to the basket where he drew a foul. He calmly sank both free throws before Nick Neari's desperation three-pointer at the buzzer missed.
Demetrius Harris led UWM with 18 points while Aaron added 15 and Niang 12.
Conrad Krutwig scored 22 points to lead Parkside.
Milwaukee struggled all game from the foul line, making just 12-of-27. But the Panthers fought back by forcing 16 turnovers while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor in the second half.
The Panthers dug themselves an early 19-11 hole but scored seven-straight points to pull within 19-18. Parkside responded the remainder of the half, though, outscoring UWM 19-5 the rest of the way to build a 38-23 lead at the break.
Milwaukee showed life right out of the gates in the second half. A three-pointer by Niang got UWM within four at 47-43 and grabbed a 50-49 lead on a layin by Evan Richard with 9:49 remaining.
Parkside restored a 59-55 advantage on a three-point play by Jeremy Saffold with 6:12 remaining and eventually went up 61-55 with 5:47 left.
The Panthers stayed in touch from there, eventually pulling out the win in the closing seconds.
UWM opens its regular season Friday, hosting the University of Mary. The game tips off at 7 p.m. at the Klotsche Center.