Boyle, Meier Spark Panthers To Comeback Win Over Bowling Green
Dec. 18, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Tone Boyle scored 22 points and Tony Meier added 20 as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to claim a 72-69 win over Bowling Green Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
The Panthers (6-7) took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Boyle with 2:50 remaining and then hung for the win.
Milwaukee actually scored the first 10 points of the game only to see Bowling Green rally to claim a 55-44 lead with 11:50 left. The Panthers steadily cut into the lead from there, with Boyle and Meier providing the main spark.
UWM's defense also clamped down, allowing Bowling Green to make just four of its final 13 shots from the field.
In the end, Boyle and Meier combined for 29 second-half points, with the Panthers winning a game after trailing at halftime for the first time this season.
Milwaukee also did it without senior Anthony Hill, who was dressed for the game but did not play.
"The bottom line is that you have to play with energy and effort, and when those rough spots appear in those games, you just have to figure out a way to pick yourself up and fight through," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "We've been knocked down before and have stayed down, but tonight we got up and I'm pleased with how we were able to get up and respond."
The Panthers got off to a great start, building a 10-0 lead five minutes into the contest. The Falcons didn't make their first field goal until almost seven minutes in but fought all the way back for a 17-15 lead on a Luke Kraus hoop with 9:03 remaining.
The teams traded the advantage from there, with a dunk from Ryan Allen off a perfect lob pass from Kaylon Williams making it 24-21. A three from Meier pushed the lead back out to 27-21, but Milwaukee couldn't maintain the advantage.
In fact, after UWM kept a six-point edge at 29-23, Bowling Green scored the next nine points to claim a 32-29 lead. The half then ended with the Falcons up 36-35 as Cameron Black scored on a follow-up layup.
Bowling Green quickly extended that lead in the second half, with four-straight points by Calhoun pushing the edge to 51-40. Calhoun scored again to make it 55-44 with 11:50 remaining, but that's when the Panthers found life. A basket by Meier made it 59-54 and a three by Boyle brought Milwaukee to within 61-57. Another three by Boyle pushed the Panthers in front for the first time in the second half before the teams traded baskets.
Boyle's seventh and final three gave Milwaukee the lead for good, with a basket by Meier making it 69-65 with just under two minutes remaining. Williams, Boyle and Ryan Haggerty all then made single free throws to help Milwaukee preserve the victory.
The Panthers will enjoy an extended holiday break before returning to action Dec. 30 at Wright State.