Panthers Hang on for Third Straight Home Victory

Junior forward Matt Tiby logged another double-double Thursday night as he led the Panthers to a 71-65 win over the Illinois-Chicago Flames.

With the win, the Panthers (8-14, 3-5 Horizon League) showed once again they play better at home rather than on the road. Milwaukee earned their third straight victory at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and will go for their fourth straight on Saturday.

“We do feel good to be at home this year,” Milwaukee head coach, Rob Jeter said. “The road’s been tough for us. We had that stretch of five in a row on the road, that was a long stretch.”

A three pointer by Cody Wichmann with 10 minutes to play gave Milwaukee a three point lead, but on the next possession for UIC, Paris Burns answered right back with a three of his own tying the game at 50. The Panthers took the lead right back on their next possession as Wichmann buried another three pointer.

The Panthers seemed to have had the game wrapped up when they found themselves leading 67-60, with 1 minute and 46 seconds left, but UIC then went on to score the next five points cutting the lead to two with 51 seconds left.

After burning some clock, Akeem Springs drove to the basket and found freshman Justin Jordan in the corner for a wide open three. Jordan drained the basket giving the Panthers a five-point lead. UIC missed a three on the other end, and then J.R. Lyle hit two free throws to close out the game.

Three other Panther players finished in double figures along with Tiby as Steve McWhorter finished with 17, Springs with 13, and Wichmann with 11.

“The fans continue to stick with these guys,” Jeter said. “It really feels good to be home and to play, and now we have to carry that momentum into Saturday when hopefully we’ll get a few more people in the seats to take on a very tough Detroit team.”





One Comment

  1. Boyee

    January 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    While a win over UIC is better than a loss, UIC is in 8th place of out of the 9 school Horizon League and only has 5 total wins so far this season. UW-Milwaukee is still 7th in the Horizon League, which recently lost both Butler and Loyola Chicago to other league and only added one school, Oakland. There are many good options to replace the 10th slot in the Horizon League: Robert Morris (PA)(Northeast), Belmont (already an affiliate member in Men’s Soccer), Northern Kentucky (A-Sun), UMKC (WAC), IUPUI (Summit), IPFW (Summit), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (OVC), Western Illinois (Summit), Eastern Illinois (OVC), Chicago State (WAC), Southeast Missouri State (OVC), North Dakota (Big Sky), North Dakota State (Summit), South Dakota (Summit), South Dakota State (Summit), and Evansville (MVC). Or go to 12 with Northern Kentucky, Belmont, and Lipscomb. Belmont and Lipscomb would bring a cross city rivalry to the Horizon League. Adding Chicago State or UMKC would kill what’s left of the WAC, which is down to New Mexico State, Seattle U., Grand Canyon (for-profit), CSU Bakersfield, UT-Rio Grande Valley (as of next season), Utah Valley, UMKC, and Chicago State.

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