Panthers Ice-Cold In Loss At DePaul
Dec. 9, 2012
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shot just 26 percent from the field in falling 84-50 to DePaul at the Allstate Arena Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Demons took control of the game with a 14-point run midway through the first half and never let the Panthers back in the game.
Paris Gulley scored 14 points to lead Milwaukee (3-7).
Donnavan Kirk led a balanced DePaul (6-3) attack with 14 points.
Milwaukee never got on track, making just 1-of-17 from three-point range and only 16-of-62 overall. The Panthers also had 17 turnovers.
"I think there were some things we were trying to do and we got into some actions that we did not complete," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We broke off a lot of things and played one on one basketball and as a result we were beaten pretty bad.
"I don't like to single out any one guy because it's the entire team. We have to figure out ways to get ourselves well."
Ironically, UWM set an Allstate Arena record a season ago by shooting 61.7 percent in an 11-point win over the Blue Demons.
"We played really well last year and didn't let them take us out of the stuff we wanted to do," senior James Haarsma said. "This year we kind of let them dictate to us how the game was going to be played."
Milwaukee had an early 8-7 lead before DePaul took control of the contest. The Blue Demons scored the next 14 points to grab a 21-8 lead and eventually led 30-12 on a jumper by Donnavan Kirk with 7:10 remaining.
The Panthers did have a bit of an answer, scoring nine of the 11 points to pull within 32-21 and were still within 11 at 34-23 after the teams traded hoops. But, DePaul effectively eliminated any doubt in the outcome by closing the half on an 11-4 run before scoring the first six points of the second half.
DePaul then led by as many 41 points down the stretch.
The Panthers are back on the road again Wednesday, this time playing at Fairfield in a rematch of last year's BracketBusters contest. The game tips off at 6 p.m. CST.