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Panthers look to keep rolling against Penguins

Seeking to continue momentum and confidence following Saturday’s 88-54 route of Cleveland State, the Milwaukee Panthers continue their regular season-ending four game home stand Monday night against the Youngstown State Penguins. The Panthers defeated the Penguins by 16 points last month.
The Penguins have struggled lately, dropping five of six. Three of those five losses have occurred by 17 points or more. Their biggest issue over the losing streak has been their defense that has allowed at least 90 points on five occasions over those six games.
For as many issues as Youngstown has defensively their offense is capable of scoring, especially from long range. Cameron Morse is averaging 20.1 points per game; however, looking at his numbers in conference, that average jumps to jumps to 24.1 points per game. His scoring total ranks second in the conference, behind only Kahlil Felder. He attempts nearly five three-pointers per game. In the first meeting with the Panthers he hit half of his shots for 18 points. Morse might not even be the Penguins best shooter, especially lately. That honor may belong to freshman Jordan Andrews. Andrews scored 19 points in the Penguins most recent game against Green Bay. Of those points, 18 were generated off six long balls. Both Morse and Andrews are shooting at nearly 40% from long range. In addition Matt Donlan attempts more than five three-pointers per game and he is the team leader in percentage at 47.2%.
The Panthers are hoping for a snowball effect of their performance from Saturday. The Panthers jumped on Cleveland State and did not let them up. The first half Saturday proved a showcase of how good they can be when even is clicking. The Panthers held the Vikings 18 first half points while scoring 52 themselves. The offense and the defense fed off of each other. The defense on the afternoon forced 16 turnovers only allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 35.3%. Offensively 12 of the 14 people who saw minutes for the Panthers scored and 14 of the 24 field goals were assisted. This type of performance is exactly what Milwaukee needed. That type of performance is great on a stats sheet but more importantly in the locker room as it makes everyone feel as if they contributed positively towards a victorious effort and that is a great feeling for a team to collectively have. It has been a long time since the entire roster functioned on both ends with this type of efficiency and collective domination. The Panthers will strive to replicate that effort on Monday night.

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