GREEN BAY, WIS. – Monday night provided the fans with another great matchup between the Milwaukee Panthers and the UWGB Phoenix. The first meeting between the two teams went down to the wire eventually ending in favor of Milwaukee, 95-94.
The game of multiple runs took place at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Monday night. The Panthers, who are now 16-11 on the year, 7-7 in Conference, took a 19-2 run in the second-half to pull ahead by four points with 10 minutes to play.
The Phoenix fought hard throughout the game, holding on at the end with solid defense. UWGB is now 16-11 overall and 8-6 in Conference.
Milwaukee’s sharp shooter, Austin Arians, had a chance to win the game at the buzzer however, the shot ricocheted off the rim handing UWM a devastating loss.
“I like that we put ourselves in a position to make a shot to win it” Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said.
A positive note on the night was the fact two Panthers had a record-setting game. Point guard Jordan Johnson broke the single-season assist record at 216 and J.J. Panoske broke his own school record for blocks on the year with 42.
The Panther’s scoring was led by Matt Tiby, who had 15 points, Johnson contributed 13 points of his own, and Panoske tossed 12 points into the mix with seven rebounds and three blocks.
For the Phoenix, it was Charles Cooper leading the scoring with 18 points. Carrington Love added 13 points and sophomore Kenny Lowe contributed 10 points of his own.
The Panthers got behind 11-8 right from the tip but hit a few shots to go up 12-11 by the first media timeout. At the end of the first half into the start of the second, Green Bay went on a 20-6 run to go up 45-31. Looking like the game was over the Panthers took their own run, 19-2, and retook the lead by a Cody Wichmann three-pointer.
From that point the game was a rollercoaster…tied at 58, 62, 64, and 67. Tiby had a free throw that put Milwaukee up 69-68. On the very next play UWGB’s Jamar Hurdle slammed one down regaining the lead, something they would not give up.