UW-Milwaukee drops a close one to Wright State

The UW-Milwaukee Men’s Basketball team used a 15-2 run to take the lead in the second half, but ultimately couldn’t finish the job against the first place Wright State Raiders, falling 65-61 Friday night at UWM Panther Arena.

The Panthers (10-12 overall, 5-5 Horizon) held the Raiders (19-4, 9-1) to 39.3% shooting from the field and over 16 points below their scoring average.

“It’s disappointing because you go into this game and you want to establish yourself as one of those teams in this league that wants to try to continue to move up and get better and show it with wins,” UWM head coach Pat Baldwin said. “And you have an opportunity right in front of you with arguably the best team – they are in first place right now – and it’s an opportunity for us to make our mark.”

“We has our chances, we fought back and took the lead but gave it right back,” Baldwin said. “They (Wright State) weathered the storm as much as we fought back and took the lead and we just didn’t have enough in the end and didn’t make the plays. We had some execution errors down the stretch that really hurt.”

Te’Jon Lucas led UWM with 18 points, while Josh Thomas added 11.

The UW-Milwaukee Panthers will play the Northern Kentucky Norse on Sunday at UWM Panther Arena. Tip-off is set for 1:00 pm (CT). The game will also be televised on ESPN+.

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