Panthers Run Out Of Gas In 80-71 Loss To DePaul
Nov. 19, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Cleveland Melvin scored 20 points and DePaul shot nearly 61 percent in the second half to claim an 80-71 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Tuesday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
The two teams traded the lead over the first 20 minutes and the Panthers (4-2) were still within three at the midway point of the second half. But, playing for the fourth time in five games, Milwaukee appeared to run out of gas down the stretch.
Brandon Young contributed 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists for DePaul (3-1).
"We asked these young men to do something that I thought was going to be very difficult for a team that is as inexperienced as we are, to play as many games as we did in a short turnaround." Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We get tired at about the 10 minute mark, you could see it, and then mentally we break down.
"Now that's not an excuse, because when you are disciplined, no matter how tied you are, you're going to do the right things. And clearly that's where we're trying to get with this group."
Every time the Panthers threatened down the stretch, the Blue Demons usually had an answer, often courtesy of their veteran duo of Melvin and Young.
"You have to look at some of the shots Melvin and Young made and give them a lot of credit," Jeter said. "Those were some big-time plays."
The Panthers and Blue Demons traded the lead over the first 20 minutes. Milwaukee had a 22-19 lead after a J.J. Panoske three and then tied the game the game at 32-apiece on a three-point play by Tiby near the end of the half.
DePaul started the second half quickly, building a 48-41 lead on a three-pointer by Jamee Crockett. The Panthers closed to within 48-45 on a pair of Tiby free throws and again to within 52-49 on a left-handed hoop by Tiby with 11:34 left.
But, that's when the Blue Demons launched their decisive run. Five-straight points from Melvin highlighted an 11-0 burst that made it 63-49 with 7:20 left and had the Panthers playing catchup the rest of the night.
Milwaukee did pull to within 65-59 on a layin by Malcolm Moore with 4:20 remaining before Austin Arians had a look at a three on the next possession that would have made it a three-point game. Instead, the Blue Demons took the miss the other way to restore an eight-point advantage and the Panthers could get no closer than six after that.
UWM heads back to the road this weekend, playing at Tennessee Tech Saturday night.