UWM Men Survive Scare From Mississippi Valley State
Nov. 26, 2002
MILWAUKEE - Dylan Page scored 17 points and a Jose Winston steal thwarted a last-second attempt by Mississippi Valley State to win the game as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hung on for a 79-77 win over the Delta Devils Tuesday night at the Klotsche Center.
The Panthers (1-1) led 76-69 with 1:07 remaining following a Page dunk. But MVSU pulled to within 77-75 on a basket by Edward Mack with 16 seconds remaining. Jason Frederick was fouled on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws, setting up a final chance for the Devils. After Mack drove the ball into the front court, Winston took it away with just over a second remaining and held onto the ball as time expired.
"Jose Winston won his first game for us," UWM head coach Bruce Pearl said. "Jose came in there, we put him on the guy that was driving to the basket, and Jose got a stop. That's as big as Clay Tucker knocking down a three to win a game."
"Dylan Page and Nate Mielke, for good portions of the game, were the dominant factor inside, and that was a huge portion of our winning the game," Pearl said. "These guys can score and we need to go to them more."
The Panthers hung on for the win despite 16 second-half turnovers and just 7-of-16 shooting from the foul line.
"That's a good team," Pearl said. "They are extremely athletic and extremely quick, and given their makeup they do things both offensively and defensively. Offensively they spread us out and got to the hole and created some bad matchups for us. Defensively they made it really difficult for us to run our offense and they really turned us over in the second half."
The Panthers looked like they were in control early in the second half, pushing an 11-point halftime edge to 13 at 49-36 following a Mielke basket. But MVSU slowly rallied, holding UWM to just four field goals over the next 10 minutes and finally taking the lead at 55-54 on three free throws by Jackson with 11:43 remaining.
"We came out of the locker room and played pretty good defense because they missed some shots, but offensively we settled for some jump shots and were cold, and that kept them in the game," Pearl said. "Then all it took was a few turnovers and they got going."
UWM took the lead back for good at 59-57 on a Page layin and led by as many as eight down the stretch before MVSU's late rally.
"At the end of the game, we were exposed," Pearl said. "We missed free throws, we turned the ball over, we were really sloppy. It would have been nice to have been exposed like that three weeks ago."
Tucker, suffering from a stomach virus, was limited to nine points and seven rebounds.
UWM returns to action Thursday evening, facing Southeast Missouri State in the opening game of the University Hoops Classic in New Orleans. Tipoff time on Thanksgiving Day is 5 p.m. CST and the game can be heard live on 1290 AM, WMCS.