The UW-Milwaukee Panthers (1-1) fall 77-71 in the home opener at UWM Panther Arena to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (3-0).
It was an extremely disappointing effort the first 30 minutes of the game in front of the homecoming crowd of 4,318 which is the largest crowd at a UWM home game in years. The team, unfortunately, didn’t give them anything to cheer about until they made a little run to get back into it in the final 10 minutes after trailing by 26 points.
The biggest issues for UWM were the 17 turnovers and the lack of defense. UWM outrebounded EKU 44-39 and had more assists (14-11), but the inability to take care of the ball was too much to overcome.
UWM shot 29-of-65 (44.6%) from the field, a brutal 5-of-23 (21.7%) from 3-point range and 8-of-9 (88.9%) from the free throw line.
Josh Thomas played really well on both ends of the court and led UWM with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and six rebounds.
DeAndre Gholston finished with 22 points on 9-of-21 from the field and eight rebounds.
Patrick Baldwin Jr. did have a double-double again, but he struggled all night. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-20 from the field (2-of-9 from 3), 11 rebounds and four assists. But Eastern Kentucky played well defensively against the highly touted freshman.
UWM will travel to Gainesville to play the Florida Gators (1-0) on Thursday, November 18th. Tipoff is set for 5:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on SECN+.