Panthers can’t overcome eight Coyotes

Poor shooting in the first half put the Milwaukee Panthers in a hole they had to fight out of, only to find themselves on the losing end of career nights for several South Dakota Coyotes, 92-91 in double overtime.

In the final seconds of the first overtime, point guard Jordan Johnson drove the lane, putting up a shot that hit the rim. On the way down, the clock stopped due to human error, and Akeem Springs’ put-back – which should have won the game for the Panthers and may have went in before time would have expired – was called off when South Dakota Coyote Brad Gaston fired an ‘inadvertent whistle.’

Gaston’s clutch play for the Coyotes was just one in a performance for the ages for the visitors. Randy Heimerman also played well for the Coyotes and had a clutch performance in overtime.

Milwaukee’s Matt Tiby became the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 points. In addition to 31 points, the senior forward pulled down 17 rebounds, the last one sparking the biggest controversy of the night.

After putting up a runner to take the lead at 91-90 in the second overtime, Tiby pulled down a rebound following a missed shot. Back on the ground, there was some contact – Tiby was knocked to the ground – and despite the whole team calling timeout, Tiby was called for traveling, giving South Dakota yet another shot.

That was all South Dakota needed, as Tre Burnette hit the game winner and blocked JayQuan McCloud’s last ditch effort to steal the game, 92-91.

Bob Brainerd got video of the last play in the first overtime:

Notice that the “inadvertent whistle” the referees used as a scapegoat to put 0.4 seconds on the clock doesn’t exist – there’s no whistle until after the ball goes in.

Milwaukee has had problems with referees before, but the first overtime ended in a tie because our own timekeeper inexplicably stopped the clock when the ball hit the rim, giving Brad Gaston and Randy Heimerman the chance to play heroes for South Dakota.

Milwaukee (should have improved to 9-3) falls to 8-4. They play Minnesota next Wednesday at the Barn to close out 2015 and the non-conference season.

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