Panthers Wrap Up Regular Season With Tuesday Contest At Green Bay

Feb. 25, 2013

 Game #31 | Milwaukee (8-22, 3-12) @ Green Bay (15-13, 9-5)
 Date  Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Resch Center | Green Bay, Wis.
 Milwaukee TV/Video  ESPN3 (Will Haskett and Joel Cornette)
 Radio  WISN-AM1130 (Bill Johnson and Kevin O'Connor) - Listen Live  Live Stats | ESPN3 Broadcast
 More Information  Milwaukee Game Notes

The Last Meeting
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January 25, 2013
Klotsche Center
Green Bay's Second Half Surge Trips Up Panthers
Alec Brown scored 23 points and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay used an 18-2 run to bust open a tight game in claiming a 74-54 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Friday night at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers had the game tied at 41-apiece on a pair of Demetrius Harris free throws with 14:05 remaining, but the Phoenix scored the next 11 points and went up 59-43 by the time the run was complete.

The Hot List
• The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team finishes the 2012-13 regular season with a Tuesday night contest in Green Bay.

• The Panthers claimed a double overtime win at IUPUI Saturday afternoon, claiming back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Milwaukee has now won three of its last five games.

• Saturday's win was also UWM's first away from home this year and the double overtime contest was Milwaukee's first since a January 2001 win at Loyola.

• The Panthers used their eighth different starting lineup of the season Saturday.

• Milwaukee got plenty of offense in the victory, with Jordan Aaron scoring 28 points, Demetrius Harris scored 21 and Paris Gulley 20. It marked the first time since 2005 the Panthers had three players score 20 or more points in the same game.

• Gulley was named the league player of the week and Jordan Aaron the newcomer of the week.

Paris Gulley has been in double figures in 20 of the 24 games he has played in this season, including six 20-point performances. He missed the first six games of the year with a broken hand.

Demetrius Harris continues to put together a solid senior year, starting 27 times. He tallied a collegiate-best 21 points to go with nine rebounds Saturday and is averaging 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

• Green Bay is 15-13 overall and 9-5 in the Horizon League. The Phoenix lost at Drake Saturday.

• Game #31
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team wraps up the 2012-13 regular season with a Tuesday night contest at Green Bay.

• A Quick Scout
Green Bay is 15-13 overall and 9-5 in the Horizon League ... the Phoenix can still move as high as second place in the league standings, which would mean a bye into the semifinals ... Green Bay can also claim the third spot and get a bye through the first round ... in either case they need help from other results ... Green Bay lost 71-54 at Drake Saturday, shooting just 34 percent while making 4-of-20 on three-pointers ... Keifer Sykes and Alec Brown both average in double figures of offense while Brennan Cougill is just shy of 10 points per game ... Green Bay is 10-2 at home.

• Matchup Notes
Green Bay holds a 27-21 lead in the all-time series with UWM ... the Panthers have sliced into that advantage in recent seasons, winning 17 of the last 27 meetings between the two schools ... UWM has won three times on its last six trips to Green Bay ... since a 12-point Milwaukee win in 2004, the last seven games between the two schools in Green Bay have been decided by seven points or less ... Rob Jeter is 8-7 against the Phoenix in his head coaching career ... Jeter was on the Marquette coaching staff when Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle was a player.

• The First Meeting
Alec Brown scored 23 points and Green Bay used an 18-2 run to bust open a tight game in claiming a 74-54 win over UWM Jan. 25 at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers had the game tied at 41-apiece on a pair of Demetrius Harris free throws with 14:05 remaining, but the Phoenix scored the next 11 points and went up 59-43 by the time the run was complete. Jordan Aaron scored 20 points to lead Milwaukee.

• Plenty Of Time On The Road
The Panthers are ending the regular season with a stretch of four of their final five games on the road, and Milwaukee played its only home game of this stretch last Wednesday night. UWM has spent plenty of time on the road this season, playing nine of its 15 non-league games outside of Milwaukee, including road games at Northern Iowa, DePaul, Wisconsin and Fairfield, and then opened league play with two-straight road contests for the first time since 2007-08. The road hasn't been kind to Milwaukee this season, as the Panthers are 1-13 in true road games and 1-15 total in games outside of Milwaukee. UWM had pretty good success on the road recently, winning seven true road games a season ago and eight road contests two years ago.

• Celebrating The Seniors
UWM honored its five-member senior class prior to last Wednesday's contest with UIC. Ryan Haggerty, Christian Wolf, James Haarsma, Demetrius Harris and Paris Gulley all played their final home game in a Panther uniform. Haggerty has the longest tenure in Milwaukee, having spent the last five seasons with UWM, appearing in more than 100 games. Wolf has been in Milwaukee for four years after playing his first season at Florida Gulf Coast. Haarsma is in his third season in Milwaukee after two years at Evansville, and earlier this month he surpassed 1,000 points in his Division I career. Gulley and Harris have each spent the last two seasons at UWM after playing a pair of seasons in the junior college ranks, and both have been regular starters this season.

• The Stretch Run
It is hard to believe the 2012-13 regular season is nearly complete. In fact, the Panthers are playing their final regular season game Tuesday, as Milwaukee is the one team with an off-day when the rest of the league finishes up Saturday. Milwaukee knows it will go on the road in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament March 5, with Green Bay or Wright State shaping up as the most likely opponent. UWM's opponent will likely not be known officially until after Saturday's games.

• Collecting Some Honors
UWM swept both of the Horizon League's weekly awards this week, as Paris Gulley was named the league's player of the week while Jordan Aaron claimed league newcomer of the week honors. Gulley averaged 18.5 points per game in the two contests, adding 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest while making nine 3-pointers. He led the Panthers with 17 points in a Senior Night win over UIC Wednesday and then tallied 20 points and seven rebounds in Milwaukee's victory at IUPUI Saturday. Aaron also averaged 18.5 points per game in the two wins, adding 5.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest. His big effort came Saturday in the double overtime win at IUPUI, when he played all but 40 seconds of the game and poured in 28 points. The scoring effort matches his best against a Division I opponent this season and he also equaled his collegiate-best in a three-pointers made with seven. His biggest basket of the game was a two-pointer, though, as he tied the game on a drive with 14 seconds remaining in the first extra session.

• Numbers, Tips And Trends
- The Panthers have now captured back-to-back wins for the first time this season. UWM is now looking for its first three-game winning streak since winning five in a row at the end of last season.

- Milwaukee has now shot better than 40 percent in six-straight games after a 27-percent performance at Valpo.

- UWM saw three players score 20 or more points in the win over IUPUI Saturday, as Jordan Aaron scored 28, Demetrius Harris 21 and Paris Gulley 20. That's the first time that has happened since Feb. 5, 2005, when Joah Tucker (26), Ed McCants (22) and Boo Davis (20) did it.

- The Panthers played in and won a double overtime game for the first time since January of 2001 at Loyola.

- Milwaukee used its eighth different starting lineup of the season Saturday. Austin Arians (third start) and Evan Richard (first start) replaced regulars Paris Gulley and Demetrius Harris after the duo was late to a team meeting that morning. The Panthers have now had 12 players make at least one start, with eight of those players making their first start at UWM.

- Milwaukee has had 12 players appear in at least 13 games this season, while nine players have played in at least nine of UWM's 15 league contests.

- Two Panthers have still logged heavy minutes this season. Paris Gulley is averaging 36.9 minutes per contest while Jordan Aaron is averaging 35.7. Those numbers have Gulley leading the league with Aaron sitting third. Gulley has played 37 or more minutes in 11 of his last 15 games, including a run of four-straight games with a full 40 minutes under his belt. Aaron has played the full 40 minutes twice in the last nine games plus he played 49:20 of Saturday's contest.

- The Panthers have led or been tied at halftime 14 times this season but have won just six of those 14 games.

- Freshman J.J. Panoske has started the last 13 games while freshman Austin Arians has started three times and has become a regular part of the rotation. Panoske is averaging 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in league play while Arians is at 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest against league foes.

- Panoske set a new school record with seven blocks in the win over Loyola two weeks ago as the Panthers also tied a team school record with 11. Panoske is now up to 39 blocks in the season - a freshman record - in spite of only limited minutes early in the year.

- Demetrius Harris has started 27 of 30 games this season and has tallied a pair of double-doubles. He had 20 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win and is now averaging 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior has 248 points and 149 rebounds this season, easily surpassing the 39 points and 33 boards he collected all of last year.

- Ryan Haggerty has become a regular in the starting five and made his 100th career appearance last month against UIC. He is the only senior on the Panther roster to have spent his entire career in Milwaukee.

- Injuries continue to impact Milwaukee. The latest addition to the list is James Haarsma, who has not dressed for the last three games with an injured foot. He is not expected to make the trip to Green Bay and likely will not return this season. Kyle Kelm missed the game with Ohio Dominican because of a concussion and was limited early in the season by a foot injury. Paris Gulley missed the first six games with a broken hand. Thierno Niang is sidelined indefinitely with a back injury that has plagued him since late November. And, Christian Wolf dressed last Wednesday for the first time in a month after suffering a concussion.

• The Last Time Out
UWM put four players in double figures and scored the final nine points of the second overtime to claim a 95-88 win over IUPUI Saturday afternoon. The Panthers took the lead for good on an Austin Arians three-point play with 2:41 remaining and then added four free throws along with a Paris Gulley layin to hang on for their first road win of the season. Jordan Aaron, who played nearly all 50 minutes of the game, scored 28 points to go with six assists to lead Milwaukee. Demetrius Harris added 21 points and Gulley 20, while Harris also had nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks. J.J. Panoske had 11 points.

• Bench Brigade
UWM continues to get some strong performances off its bench. Saturday it was a pair of usual starters leading the way, as Demetrius Harris and Paris Gulley combined for 41 points in reserve. Last Wednesday, it was Kyle Kelm providing a great spark, scoring seven points while adding five rebounds and three assists in his most extended run of time in a month. Evan Richard and Austin Arians have also each had double-figure efforts off the bench over the last four games. Milwaukee's two best individual scoring outputs of the season have come from the bench. James Haarsma's 26 points against Detroit is second on that list to the 34 Jordan Aaron scored in a reserve role against Ohio Dominican in late December. UWM has now had 18 double-figure efforts from its bench this season. The full list:

Austin Arians (6) - 13 @ UALR; 10 vs. Rider; 19 vs. Cleveland State; 15 vs. Youngstown State; 17 @ Loyola; 15 @ Cleveland State
Jordan Aaron (2) - 34 vs. Ohio Dominican; 17 @ Valparaiso
Kyle Kelm (2) - 15 vs. Mary; 11 vs. Davidson
Evan Richard (2) - 11 vs. Rider; 11 @ Youngstown State
Demetrius Harris (2) - 14 vs. Ohio Dominican; 21 @ IUPUI
J.J. Panoske (1) - 13 @ Wisconsin
Ryan Haggerty (1) - 12 vs. Cleveland State
James Haarsma (1) - 26 vs. Detroit
Paris Gulley (1) - 20 @ IUPUI

• Waiting In The Wings
UWM now has a total of five players that will be added to the active roster when the 2013-14 season arrives. Steve McWhorter transferred to UWM from Indiana State this summer and is practicing with the team while sitting out of games due to NCAA transfer regulations. Matt Tiby, a transfer from Kirkwood Community College, joined the Panther roster at the start of the second semester and will be practicing with the team while maintaining three seasons of college eligibility. Three other players signed National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period, as Trinson White of Milwaukee, Cody Wichmann of Pulaski and Brett Prahl of East Troy all officially agreed to join the Panthers.



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