Efficient Rider Effort Sends Panthers To Defeat
Nov. 25, 2012
PUERTO VALLERTA, Mexico - Anthony Miles scored 14 points as Rider rode an efficient offensive effort to a 74-60 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday on the final day of the Hoops For Hope Classic at the Puerto Vallerta Convention Center.
The Panthers trailed by 12 at halftime and could never get closer than 10 in the second half.
Daniel Stewart and Junior Fortunat contributed 11 points apiece for the Broncos (4-3), who shot 45 percent from the floor but also owned a 17-4 edge on second-chance points and earned 37 trips to the foul line.
UWM, meanwhile, shot just 37 percent and had 15 turnovers while also getting to the line only 15 times.
"We knew we were going to have some problems keeping those guys in front of us. They are so fast with the ball, and they spread you out and attack," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "Most teams that do that usually struggle at times shooting it from behind the arc, but not this team. We had our hands full with their guard play and how fast they could attack off the dribble."
While Rider's pressure didn't have quite the same effect on the game Jacksonville's did a day earlier, the Broncos did speed the Panthers up just enough to have an impact on the result. UWM had only six turnovers at halftime but committed nine more in the second half as the game got away.
"We talked about being more aggressive and attacking and we showed some signs of that early. The game was being played right around 10 points and then we had a flurry of turnovers," Jeter said. "It's frustrating to say the least. Pressure causes some of those turnovers but in the half court, now we have to get back to playing our pace and I don't think this entire trip we were able to play at our pace."
Rider used an efficient offensive effort to build a lead in the first half. The Broncos went up 20-11 by the midway point of the half and led 27-16 when Nurideen Lindsay converted a pair of free throws with 7:34 remaining.
Richard did bring Milwaukee back to within six at 27-21 on a basket with just over six minutes left, and an Austin Arians basket kept the Panthers within 34-27 with 3:20 left. But, Rider finished the half on a 9-4 run, carrying a 43-31 lead into the locker room.
The Broncos then eliminated any thought the Panthers had of getting back into the game with a burst to start the second half. After a basket by Richard had Milwaukee within 10 at 47-37, Rider answered with 13 of the next 14 points to build a 60-38 advantage. UWM could never cut the deficit under 15 after that.
The Panthers return to Milwaukee Monday and then hit the road this coming weekend, playing at Northern Iowa Saturday evening.