Panthers Use Late Surge To Claim Road Win In Kansas City
Nov. 30, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jordan Aaron scored 33 points and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee made one final late surge to claim an 84-79 win over Kansas City Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium.
The Panthers (7-2) led by as many as 17 points in the first half before falling down by four with five minutes remaining in the game. But Milwaukee took the lead back for good on a pair of Matt Tiby free throws with 2:45 left and then made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.
Milwaukee made 65 percent of its shots from the field, the second-best effort in school history. But it was hampered by 19 turnovers and the game never found a rhythm, as there were 53 fouls called.
Kyle Kelm added 13 points and played a season-high 34 minutes in spite of being in foul trouble throughout the night. Tiby added 12 points but played just 16 minutes because of foul trouble.
Martez Harrison had 28 points to lead Kansas City, which shot almost 57 percent from the field.
The win was UWM's fourth on the road this season, its most in non-conference play since the 2004-05 season. And, Milwaukee's seven wins in November are a school record and just one off of the full season total from a year ago.
"We shot such a high percentage that when we didn't turn the basketball over we were going to get the looks that we wanted, but unfortunately we had a few too many," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "Then, I think for our guys to go up big, to lose the lead, and then to come back on the road - that's another character test for this team and they came through with a victory."
Milwaukee's big advantage started to slip late in the first half, as UMKC scored the final five points of the half to pull within 41-29. The Kangaroos (1-5) continued that surge early in the second half, with a layin by Hall making it 46-40. A dunk by Hall got UMKC within 48-47 and the Kangaroos finally took the lead on a Kirksey layin with 15:06 left.
It was a ballgame from there on out, with Milwaukee pushing back out to a six-point lead at 62-56 before UMKC answered with a 14-4 burst to build a 70-66 lead.
The set up UWM's final run, helping it pull out a third-straight win.
The Panthers rode red-hot shooting to their 12-point halftime lead. UMKC had an early 8-5 advantage but Milwaukee took the lead for good with an 8-0 run and went ahead 23-19 on a Steve McWhorter three with 6:30 remaining.
Aaron then took over from there, knocking in back-to-back threes to push the lead to 32-20 before finding Malcolm Moore inside for an easy layin to push the lead to 36-22. Aaron finally buried another three to make it 41-24, and it took five-straight Kangaroo points - including a half-court shot by Harrison at the buzzer, to bring UMKC to within 41-29 at the break.
The Panthers come back home next week for a pair of games. Northern Iowa visits the U.S. Cellular Arena Tuesday night before Milwaukee heads back to campus and the Klotsche Center for a Saturday afternoon tilt with Bradley.