One big step backwards for the Panthers

In a game where the UW-Milwaukee Panthers came in as the favorite and were playing at home, the IUPUI Jaguars left Milwaukee with their first win of the season. The Panthers had their chance to win after IUPUI, who were leading by three, was called for an intentional foul giving UWM two free throws and the ball. After a made free throw brought UWM within two, a turnover on the inbounds pass ended their hopes on winning the game.

A lot went wrong went wrong Wednesday night and it all started at the 19:15 mark. After making a lay-up and drawing a foul, Matt Tiby was given a technical foul for taunting an opponent. The lay-up gave Milwaukee a nine-point advantage as they were beginning to take control of the game. Not only did it lead to two free throws by the Jaguars, it also gave Tiby his third foul. On the next play down on the defensive end, he was called for a foul giving him his fourth and sending him to the bench. Tiby spent the rest of the game watching as head coach Rob Jeter decided not to put him back in.

“People have to be accountable for their actions,” Jeter said. “You got to try and provoke change as best as you can.”

For Tiby, that is his second technical in three games. Another note on Tiby is that he played a total of four minutes the entire game as he got into foul trouble early in the first half.

Just like Monday night, Jeter was frustrated after the game due to the amount of three’s his team attempted. Milwaukee ended the night shooting 32% on 7 of 22 shooting. What may be the biggest disappointment of the night is the fact that the offensive seemed to completely abandon going inside to generate offense.

Early on in the game, the offense was being generated from the post, which led to points in the paint and good open three’s. Slowly but surely, that turned into mostly three point shots and contested jump shots.

“There are some things that are starting to show up statistically, that we have to get switched around,” Jeter said. “ One, we’re just shooting way too many three’s. If you’re going to shoot a lot of three’s, you’re going to live by it and die by it and that means we need to get something inside.”

Another disappointment in Wednesday’s loss was the Panther’s free throw shooting. Milwaukee shot 11 for 22 on the night and missed three free throws in the final minute. They had their opportunities to take the lead and win the game, but failed to capitalize.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Milwaukee as they take on a tough Oklahoma State team Friday.

A side note from tonight was after the game Jeter said that the team will be making a statement tomorrow afternoon regarding the status of Junior Austin Arians. Arians has yet to play this year after suffering a high ankle injury.

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