UWM scores just 8 in 2nd half in loss to UIC
CHICAGO - UIC outscored the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 35-8 in the second half and scored the final 19 points of the game to claim a 60-50 win Wednesday night at the UIC Pavilion.
The Panthers led 42-25 at halftime and 44-25 a minute into the second half.
Then, in spite of its offensive struggles, Milwaukee was still ahead 50-41 with 9:32 remaining and UIC didn't take the lead until Gary Talton hit a three with 1:32 left. But UWM could never answer on offense, missing its final 11 shots, all of which were three-point tries.
"That was a bad 20 minutes of basketball, a very tentative 20 minutes of basketball," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We had some shots that didn't go in, and sometimes that happens. But for us that's where post play comes in and it's been our Achilles heel all year. We just haven't had someone, other than Demetrius (Harris), that can get the ball inside and make some things happen.
"We had some good looks but we just kept taking threes instead of getting to the rim and trying to get fouled."
Paris Gulley scored 14 points and Jordan Aaron 13 for UWM (5-15, 1-5 Horizon).
Talton had 14 while Joey Miller and Will Simonton contributed 12 apiece off the bench for UIC (12-8, 3-4).
The Panthers rode strong outside shooting to a 17-point halftime lead. Milwaukee's three-point barrage started behind Aaron, who made three 3-pointers in the opening minutes as UWM build a 13-9 advantage. The lead grew to 18-12 on a Ryan Haggerty three and hit 23-14 on a steal and score by Aaron with 10:45 remaining.
The Milwaukee advantage hit double digits for the first time when a Gulley three made it 28-18 with 7:25 left and then a three by Austin Arians pushed the edge to 33-20 with 5:35 remaining.
Milwaukee wasn't done, though, as a Gulley three pushed the lead to 40-24 with 1:43 remaining and a pair of Aaron free throws just before the break made it 42-25.
J.J. Panoske hit a pair of free throws 53 seconds into the second half to extend the advantage to 44-25 but the Panthers were never the same after that. UIC cut the deficit to single digits (46-38) on a Anthony Kelley three with 11:58 remaining and crawled within a point at 50-49 on a steal and layin by Kelley with 5:36 remaining.
Both teams traded multiple empty possessions from there before Talton got free on the right wing to bury a three with 1:32 remaining. Milwaukee had no answer, as UIC hit four free throws and added a pair of layups to win going away.
The Panthers now return home for a nationally-televised contest Friday with Green Bay. The game tips off at 8 p.m. CST at the Klotsche Center and can be seen live on ESPNU. All general public tickets for the game have been sold, but UWM students can still pick up free vouchers for the contest at various on-campus locations.