Panthers Never Get On Track In Falling At Little Rock
Nov. 19, 2012
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas-Little Rock scored 15 of the final 17 points of the game to run away with a 59-43 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Monday night at the Jack Stephens Center.
Will Neighbour tallied 17 points and Leroy Isler added 13 for UALR, which made 56 percent of its shots in the second half in avenging a loss to the Panthers in Little Rock a season ago.
The Panthers (2-2) never got on track offensively, shooting just 32.7 percent from the floor while committing 19 turnovers.
Yet, in spite of the offensive struggles, Milwaukee was still in position to pull out the win most of the way. The score was tied at 32-all early in the second half and the Panthers were within 44-41 with five minutes remaining before the Trojans (2-2) ran away with things.
Demetrius Harris had 15 points to lead Milwaukee, which also got 13 points apiece from Jordan Aaron and Austin Arians. But the remaining seven players that saw action for the Panthers combined for just two points.
"We didn't play well at all, and we played a team that played very well," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "On a night when you hold a team to 59 points, you feel pretty good. But when you score 43, that's not a great performance.
"We got outplayed. They were better coached tonight, they played better. We didn't have an answer."
UWM looked like it might have survived a rough first half when it forged a 25-all tie with the first hoop of the second half. Milwaukee again tied the game at 30 on a basket by Arians and once more had the contest tied at 32. Then, UALR scored the next eight points of the game to begin to take control.
Milwaukee's final push back included a three by Arians to make it 40-37 and a follow-up basket by Aaron with five minutes left, bringing the Panthers to within 44-41. But, once Neighbour scored five in a row to push the Trojans out to a double-digit lead for the first time, the Panthers would never recover.
"We stayed in touch until about the last four minutes and then we broke down, we broke down in a lot of areas," Jeter said. "We know we can play better than that. We've shown that we can be better. Just tonight, we were not better than we were two nights ago, clearly, so we have to regroup and get ourselves back on track."
Milwaukee struggled through much of the first half but still found a way to trail by just two at the break. It took UWM six minutes to get on the scoreboard and the Panthers trailed 14-7 following a jumper by James White with 9:45 remaining.
The UALR lead eventually hit 21-13 on a three by John Gillen, though Milwaukee answered with five in a row - including a three by Arians - to pull within 21-18. Little Rock again extended the edge to 25-18 but another three by Arians and a dunk by Harris brought Milwaukee to within 25-23 at the break.
The Panthers now head to Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, for two games this weekend. UWM will face Jacksonville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CST before squaring off with Rider Sunday at the same time. Both games can be heard on WISN (AM 1130).