The UW-Milwaukee Panthers (3-8) get a much needed win today, 74-52, over St. Xavier (ILL.) inside UWM Panther Arena. It was the first meeting between the program’s since 1987.
Due to several injuries, the Panthers only had 10 players available for today’s game.
It was a really sloppy performance from UWM for the first 25 minutes of the game before they started to impose their will.
UWM shot 32-of-72 (44.4%) from the field, 7-of-27 (25.9%) from 3-point range and 3-of-3 (100%) from the free throw line. The Panthers only had 13 assists on the 32 field goals and finished with 12 turnovers, nine of which came in the second half.
Devon Hancock led UWM with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
DeAndre Gholston scored 15 points, but was rather inefficient while going 6-of-18 from the field and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, but did grab eight rebounds.
Tafari Simms scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Jordan Lathon scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists.
Joey St. Pierre rounded out the double-digit scorers for UWM, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Like I mentioned earlier, it was a much needed win because UWM absolutely had to have it, especially against a lesser opponent because the next five games are on the road.
UWM (3-8, 1-1 Horizon) will travel to Dayton, Ohio to play the Wright State Raiders (4-7, 1-1 Horizon) on Thursday, December 30th. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM (Central Time).