Hot Shooting Sends Panthers Rolling Past Jackrabbits
Dec. 11, 2010
BROOKINGS, SD - Four players reached double figures and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee heated up Frost Arena and the icy conditions outside with 14 three-pointers to claim an 82-70 win over South Dakota State Saturday night.
The Jackrabbits (7-2) had beaten Iowa and Nevada earlier this season but could not withstand the barrage of shots from the Panthers.
Milwaukee (5-6) shot 62.8 percent from the field for the game, leading nearly the entire way.
Griffan Callahan had 20 points while Nate Wolters added 16 for South Dakota State.
After shooting less than 30 percent against Cleveland State a week ago and only slightly better against Wisconsin Wednesday, the Panthers found their touch against the Jackrabbits.
"I'm glad the temperature on the inside was a lot warmer, at least for us, than the temperature on the outside," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "We came into this game a little shaky shooting the basketball and not as confident shooting the basketball. When you look at South Dakota State, it makes you nervous because they are really capable of making shots from all five positions. As I look at the stat sheet, I am pleased with our shooting percentage because it allowed us to get confidence. When we started making shots, the energy level picked up and the enthusiasm and the confidence picked up and that was key for us."
The Panthers led by three at the half and by two early in the second half before pulling away. A pair of three-pointers by Meier extended the lead to 58-47 at the 10-minute mark and Milwaukee was never really threatened after that.
The Panthers rode their hot shooting to a solid first 20 minutes of basketball, leading 37-34 at the break.
That shooting started right out of the blocks, as Milwaukee hit three 3-pointers to build an 11-4 advantage in the first 4:27. The game was tied at 13 and 16 before three-pointers by Boyle and Lonnie Boga sandwiched around a Kyle Kelm free throw made it 23-19 with seven minutes remaining.
Two three-pointers in a row from Meier extended the edge to 33-26 with just under four minutes remaining, and then a pair of late Williams free throws gave the Panthers their three-point halftime edge.
In all, Milwaukee made eight 3-pointers in the first half.
The Panthers actually went up seven early in the second half before seeing the Jacks crawl to within two. But, the Meier threes extended the lead back to double digits and a three from McCallum extended the edge to 63-49 with 8:20 remaining. The advantage would then be as large as 16 points when Williams scored inside, capping an 18-4 run. The Panthers then hit 9-of-12 from the line in the second half to close out the game.
UWM wraps up its stretch of three-straight games on the road with a Tuesday night contest at DePaul. The game tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen live in Milwaukee on Time Warner Cable's Sports 32.