Johnson leads the way for Milwaukee

As he’s done multiple times already this season, Jordan Johnson came through when the Milwaukee Panthers needed him the most.

This time around it came during a much needed 76-67 victory against Northern Kentucky on Monday night at Panther Arena. The junior point guard finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Johnson left his mark during a late second half run for the Panthers, which ultimately decided the game. Milwaukee found themselves trailing by four at the 7:40 mark until Johnson began to take control. On three consecutive possessions, he was fouled on drives to the basket and converted on two of the three free throws.

After Northern Kentucky answered back with a basket of their own, Johnson assisted on a lay-up to freshman guard JayQuan McCloud, capping off a 10-2 Milwaukee run and giving the Panthers a 67-63 lead.

“At that time I was trying to get downhill and see what the defense was giving me,” Johnson said.

“He’s done a phenomenal job of making the right decisions and just giving us what we needed at that time,” Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. “He just has a knack for doing that.

While Johnson led the way on the offensive end, senior J.J. Panoske was dominant on the defensive side. Milwaukee set a set school record with 14 blocks in the game with eight of those coming from Panoske, an individual record.

“J.J’s put a lot of work in,” Jeter said. “Our relationship has been one of sometimes tough love, and we pick each other up. He always pats me on the back when I need one, and it’s just a reminder to me that sometimes he needs that same thing.”

The victory Monday night for Milwaukee didn’t come as easy as many would have thought. The Panthers took the lead for the first time all game when Akeem Springs hit a three-pointer around the 15-minute mark in the second half. They even found themselves trailing 9-0 to start the game and started 0-for-10 from the floor.

Milwaukee was able to maintain their lead once they got it with a well-balanced offensive attack. To go along with Johnson, Panoske finished with 13 while Springs had 12 of his own.

For Milwaukee, their next four games will be played on the road, starting Thursday as they take on Youngstown State. The Penguins just knocked off Oakland Monday night in Rochester. The road trip also includes a game against Valparaiso on January 14th .

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