Defensive Effort Helps Milwaukee Pull Away In Victory
Kaylon Williams

Kaylon Williams

Nov. 18, 2011

Box Score

MILWAUKEE - Kyle Kelm and Ryan Allen each scored 14 points and the defense held IUPUI to 30 percent shooting in the game to send the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team to a 62-49 victory Friday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

James Haarsma added 11 points and seven rebounds and Kaylon Williams chipped in with six points, eight assists and eight rebounds to give Milwaukee (3-0) the victory over the Jaguars (1-2) and improve to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2004-05.

The defense did the rest, holding the Jaguars to 19.2 percent shooting in the second half as UWM broke open a close game midway through the period. The Panthers held Alex Young, the Summit League Preseason Player of the Year, to just five points on the night, close to 15 points below his season average (19.5).

"First of all, I think defensively, to hold a team to 49 points, 30 percent - the guys worked really hard," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We had concerns coming in tonight with Alex Young. I don't know if he'll have that type of performance again this year. We're pretty fortunate it was against us. I thought our defense was solid enough and we were able to frustrate him a little bit to take advantage of that."

Milwaukee led by eight, 31-23, at the break, but fell down early after halftime. IUPUI scored the first eight points of the frame to tie it at 31-31 and went ahead 35-33 with 16 minutes to play.

That was when the Panthers would turn the tables. UWM would hold its opponent without a made basket over the next 11-plus minutes, turning a 35-33 deficit into a 50-41 lead in that span, with the Jaguars missing all 14 shot attempts in that stretch.

 

 

Up 41-38 with 9:46 to play, the Panthers went on an 11-to-3 run to take control and never looked back, extending their advantage to 52-41 on a layup by Allen with just over four minutes to play. Milwaukee would empty the bench and push the lead to as many as 16 before the contest ended.

"We had some concerns with IUPUI, how they slip the screens, their inside play," Jeter said. "They have guys that can really put it on the floor and we've really been struggling a little bit at keeping guards in front of us but tonight I thought we were pretty solid."

Ryan scored his 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and spent a lot of time playing defense on Young, who was just 2-for-5 from the floor with a pair of turnovers on the night before fouling out in just 15 minutes of action.

"The job that we did on Alex Young was a team effort," Allen said. "Coach stressed that it was going to take everybody to slow him down, not just me. I don't think there's one defender who can him, it's always a team effort and I think we did that tonight."

The Panthers ended up shooting 43.6 percent (24-of-55) for the game despite just 2-of-14 from three-point range and 14 turnovers. They did outrebound the Jaguars by a 40-to-28 count and had 14 offensive rebounds. Marcellus Barksdale led the visitors with 12.

It will be a quick turnaround for UWM, playing at home again on Sunday. Tipoff against Texas Southern is set for 4 p.m.

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