The UW-Milwaukee Panthers were unable to hold on to a nine point lead in the final 10:23 of the game, falling to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix in Downtown Milwaukee at UWM Panther Arena on a night when the school honored the 15th anniversary of the 2004-05 team that made it to the Sweet 16.
The Panthers opened the second half on a 12-2 run after trailing 52-46 at halftime to take a 58-54 lead and pretty much dominated the second half until the final 90 seconds of the game. UWM still led in the final minute, but turnovers and not being able to get a stop allowed UWGB to score the final five points of the game.
“Tough loss for our guys, we really competed in this game and I knew our guys wanted to win this game,” UWM head coach Pat Baldwin said. “I thought they gave that effort. Unfortunately, some balls didn’t go our way. One thing we were disappointed at was our defense, we think we are a better defensive team than that, but gave up a lot of transition points and points in the paint.”
“Have to get back to the drawing board,” Baldwin said. “This league is very tough and it’s not going to get any easier. The thing that we have to do is take this like men, bounce back, and get ready for our next one coming up.”
Te’Jon Lucas, Darius Roy and DeAndre Abram all finished with 20 points for Milwaukee.
The loss drops UWM to 12-14 overall and 7-7 in Horizon League play.
The Panthers will embark on their final road trip of the regular season next week.
Milwaukee will play Oakland on Friday, February 21, at 7:00 PM (CT).