Panthers' Offensive Struggles Lead To Loss At Fairfield
Dec. 12, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Derek Needham scored 13 points to lead a balanced Fairfield attack in a 62-46 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wednesday night at Webster Bank Arena.
The Stags (6-5) scored 13 of the first 15 points of the second half to take control of the game.
Kyle Kelm had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead Milwaukee (3-8).
The Panthers, though, struggled on the offensive end. UWM shot just 28 percent from the field overall and made only 3-of-18 from three-point range. Milwaukee also had 18 turnovers.
Meanwhile, Fairfield shot 33 percent in the first half but upped that to 50 percent in the second 20 minutes. Amadou Sidibe added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Stags, who also got 10 points from Maurice Barrow.
"We're obviously having a hard time scoring the basketball," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "When you aren't scoring, you start to try to force some things and that leads to more turnovers. We were better defensively and we were better on the glass, but we just haven't been able to answer offensively when a team makes a run."
Fairfield led much of the way in the first 20 minutes but was never able to pull away. The Stags built a 21-14 lead by holding Milwaukee without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes but the Panthers struck back over the final five minutes. A three-pointer by Mitch Roelke brought UWM within 21-19 and then a basket from James Haarsma made it 23-21 Fairfield at the half.
The Stags opened the second half with a burst, as a jumper by Barrow made it 31-21 and a layin by Sidibe pushed the edge to 36-23. The Panthers did get back within 10 on their next possession but would never get any closer.
"I thought we did get the ball in some spots where we could be effective," Jeter said. "We got some touches close to the basket and we got ourselves to the free throw line. But we have to keep working on getting even better looks, taking more care of the basketball and start to build some confidence on offense."
Milwaukee returns home Saturday night, welcoming Tennessee Tech to the Klotsche Center for a 7 p.m. contest.