The UW-Milwaukee Panthers (9-11) had four players score in double-figures en route to a 84-72 win over the IUPUI Jaguars (8-10) inside the Klotsche Center in the First Round of the Horizon League Tournament. It’s the first postseason (HL Tourney, NCAAs, NIT, CBI or CIT) win since March 4, 2018.
Te’Jon Lucas led the Panthers with 23 points, DeAndre Gholston with 20 points, while Josh Thomas and Amir Allen each scored 13 points respectively.
The Panthers shot 47.4 percent from the field (27-for-57), 6-of-20 (30%) from 3-point range, but were 24-of-33 (72.3%) from the free throw line. However, UWM had 12 assists and 12 turnovers.
On the win, UWM head coach Pat Baldwin said: “It means a lot. Obviously, you want to win and advance and give yourself an opportunity to put yourself in a great position. Now, we’re right back where we were a few years ago. Our guys, they don’t want anything to end. They’re playing hard and we’re just going to give our greatest effort and see what happens once we’re there. This is a fun time of year.”
The Panthers will look to “Survive and Advance” on Tuesday, March 2nd. The Panthers will play on the road in Dayton, Ohio against the second-seeded Wright State Raiders (18-5) in the Horizon League Tournament Quarterfinals. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on ESPN+.