Panthers Continue Home Success With Blow Out Win

For the fifth straight game, the Milwaukee Panthers came out with a win at home as they topped the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies 84-67 Tuesday night.

The Panthers (10-15, 5-6 Horizon League) had one of their best offensive nights of the season, as they finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field (32-of-62) and an even more impressive 56 percent from three-point territory (13-of-23).

Milwaukee avenged their January 22nd 13-point road defeat to the Golden Grizzlies (12-14, 7-4 Horizon League) by playing a dominant second half. After the first 20 minutes of play, Milwaukee led by only four and even found themselves trailing by three with a little over 17 minutes to play. However, the Panthers went on 10-0 run over the next four minutes giving them a seven-point lead with 14:49 left play.

The run began with a three-point basket from Matt Tiby and after a lay-up from Steve McWhorter, Tiby drained another three giving Milwaukee a five point lead. The run was capped off by a vigorous dunk from JR Lyle giving the Panthers a 43-36 lead.

Milwaukee’s lead reached as many as 22 late in the second half, and the Panthers even turned in a couple of Sportscenter top-ten nominee dunks. The first one came from Lyle once again off an alley-oop dunk assisted by Tiby, and on the following possession, Akeem Springs joined in on the fun with another alley-oop dunk; this time off an assist from McWhorter. Milwaukee ended up shooting a staggering 67 percent from the field in the second half (21-of-31).

“This group is really showing how tough they can be, how tough we still are knowing there are a few games left for us,” Milwaukee head coach, Rob Jeter said. “We go to practice every day and have fun. Things are looking really good for the future and it looked really good tonight.”

Another key to Milwaukee’s win tonight other than the hot shooting was their ability to stop Oakland’s big man Corey Petros. Petros finished with only seven points on the night compared to the 18 points he scored when the teams first met.

McWhorter led all scores with 17 points while Lyle was right behind him with a solid 15 of his own. The 15 points from Lyle was a good sign for Milwaukee as the junior guard has been dealing with an injury for over a month.

“With my injury I took a lot of down time,” Lyle said. “It feels good to be back out there with my team getting it done.”

Tiby and Springs were the other two players who finished in double figures on the night for Milwaukee. Springs also added 10 rebounds to give him a double-double.

The Panthers will put their home win streak on the line once again Sunday as they welcome a solid Valparaiso team to Panther Arena. Tip off is set for 1 p.m.

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