Raiders Ride Hot Shooting To League Win Over Panthers
Dec. 30, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio - Cooper Land scored 21 points and Wright State made 11 three-pointers to claim a 68-44 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Thursday night at the Nutter Center.
The Raiders (8-6, 1-1 Horizon) scored the final seven points of the first half and turned that into a game-changing 29-8 run in controlling the final 20 minutes of the contest.
Wright State wound up making 56.5 percent of its shots from the field overall while limiting the Panthers (6-8, 1-2) to a 34.6 percent clip. UWM made just six of 27 shots in the second half.
Tony Meier had 15 points but was the only Milwaukee player in double figures.
Troy Tabler added 14 and N'Gai Evans 12 for Wright State, which hasn't lost at home this season.
"The last couple minutes of the first half the game really seemed to get away from us," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "It seems as though we've kind of lost our identity. At least tonight, we didn't know how we were going to attack from the offensive end. For us to shoot only five free throws - that's so far from how we're trying to play basketball. We're shooting a lot of jump shots, and we're not getting the ball into places where we can get fouled and play a tough, grind-it-out style of basketball."
The Raiders used some hot shooting and a late burst to take control of the game during the waning moments of the first half. The Panthers had a 20-19 lead after eight-straight points from Meier before the Raiders countered with the next eight for a 27-20 advantage. The lead hit 33-24 on a Tabler three, though Milwaukee was able to pull within 33-29 on a Ja'Rob McCallum steal and score.
But, Wright State scored the final seven points of the half, with Tabler, Evans and Land all converting in the final 1:16 to make it 40-29 at the break.
A three from Meier stemmed the tide only briefly, bringing Milwaukee within 40-32 two minutes into the second half. The Raiders then scored the next nine and eventually led 62-37 with 9:10 remaining. The contest was never in doubt after that.
The Panthers continue their weekend road trip with a New Year's Day contest at Detroit. That game tips off at 1 p.m. EST/12 p.m. CST.