GAME NOTES: In Consolation Round Two action of the NIT Season Tip-Off, the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers will battle the Colgate Raiders at the Daniel- Meyer Coliseum.
The Raiders come into this matchup still in search of their first victory, as they have dropped their first three games up to this point. The most recent setback for Colgate was a 76-63 loss at the hands of TCU. After this tournament the Raiders will return home to host St. Francis (NY).
The Panthers grabbed their second consecutive win on Monday with a 96-77 victory over Texas State. It was the third overall victory for the Panthers and the first for the team outside of Milwaukee. Next up for the Panthers will be a road matchup against Bowling Green, followed by two straight home contests.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the hardwood.
The Raiders storm into this matchup shooting a solid 45.7 percent from the field, but despite the strong shooting percent Colgate is only netting 60.3 ppg. Yaw Gyawu is pacing the team with 16.3 ppg, while Kyle Roemer is directly behind Gyawu with 16.0 ppg. However, they are the only two players averaging double-figures on the season. Colgate's offensive woes continued in the team's recent loss to TCU, as the Raiders shot 47.2 percent from the field, which is respectable, but the team also connected on only 5-of-19 three-point attempts and a laughable 8-of-21 shots from the foul line. Once again it was the dangerous duo of Gyawu and Roemer that led the way for Colgate, as Gyawu poured in 25 points, while Roemer tallied 18 points off the bench.
The Panthers had their way with Texas State on Monday night, as Milwaukee shot 52.1 percent from the field, and that included a 12-of-21 showing from long range. The Panthers also made an impressive 34-of-43 attempts from the charity stripe in the win. James Eayrs dominated Texas State, as the forward scored 28 points. Eayrs came into the contest as the team's best scoring option, averaging 16.0 ppg, while also grabbing a team-best 8.0 rpg. Deonte Roberts added 24 points, six assists and five rebounds in the win, while Rickey Franklin posted 12 points, to go along with five helpers. Franklin came into the matchup as the only other player averaging double-figures, as the guard was posting 12.3 ppg and 3.5 apg before this contest began.
Do not expect many points in this meeting as both teams have endured some issues offensively. However, the Panthers have a more veteran group and should grab the win.