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Panthers Win Big Over Wright State

Freshman guard Justin Jordan led the way in scoring Tuesday, as he ended the night with a season high 17 points en route to an easy 67-41 win for Milwaukee (7-12, 2-3 Horizon) over Wright State (10-10, 2-4 Horizon).

The Panthers took control early by scoring 10 unanswered points in a three-minute period, putting them ahead 14-6 at the 11:04 mark. After a three-pointer from Reggie Arceneaux of Wright State, Milwaukee went on another run, this time scoring the next 13 points, giving them a commanding 27-9 advantage with five minutes to play in the first half. Milwaukee held the Raiders to only 23 percent (6-for-26) shooting from the field in the first half, which helped them build a 34-15 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.

Sophomore Akeem Springs played a big part in building that lead for the Panthers, as he finished the first half one rebound and point short of a double –double. Springs finished the game with a career high 13 rebounds, but remained one point shy of the double-double. Springs has been dealing with a hand injury for the majority of the season, but seems to be nearing full strength.

“We need that type of energy from him because he’s such a strong presence,” Milwaukee head coach, Rob Jeter said of Springs. “It’s good to see him battle through an injury and mentally get over that hump.”

Wright State came out of the half with back-to-back three’s, cutting the lead to eleven, but could never get any closer as the Panthers put together another impressive run. The 16-4 run by Milwaukee extended the lead 50-25. Jordan did most of his damage during this time, as he scored the final nine points for the Panthers.

“It’s just one of those things you got to feel out,” Jordan said. “You just got to roll with the hot hand and take what the defense gives you.”

Milwaukee arguably played one of its’ best games of the season, as they dominated the Raiders in most categories. The Panthers finished the night shooting an efficient 48 percent (24-for-50) from the field, and also ended with a 47-19 rebounding advantage. The 47 rebounds for Milwaukee marked their highest rebounding total of the season.

Matt Tiby and Steve McWhorter were the other two Milwaukee players who finished in double figures. Tiby finished with 12, while also chipping in six rebounds, while McWhorter added 10 points of his own.

With the win, the Panthers find themselves on a two game winning streak, only their second of the season. Milwaukee now hits the road for a two game road trip, as they take on the Oakland Grizzlies on Thursday and the Valparaiso Crusaders on Saturday. Both teams are ahead of Milwaukee in the Horizon League, so the upcoming road trip gives them a great opportunity to gain some ground in the standings.

Tip off for Thursday’s game is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN3.

 

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