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Horizon League Tournament Recaps(Saturday, March 8th)
Final Score: Wright State 68, Cleveland State 63
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Darling netted 21 points, hitting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, as the third-seeded Wright State Raiders upset the second-seeded Cleveland State Vikings, 68-63, in the semifinal round of the Horizon League Tournament at Resch Center.
Miles Dixon chipped in 17 points with four steals for Wright State (20-13), which will advance to the title game to take on Milwaukee on Tuesday. A.J. Pacher contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Charlie Lee scored 16 points to pace Cleveland State (21-11), which earned its double-bye into the semifinal round after garnering the second seed in the Horizon League. Trey Lewis tallied 14 points, and Anton Grady notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Vikings.
Wright State was clearly on a mission right from the opening tip. The Raiders netted 61.9 percent of their field goal tries in the first half, including 5- of-8 from 3-point distance, to take a 37-31 lead into the intermission. Cleveland State hit 47.4 percent of its shots in the frame, and connected on 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.
The Raiders cooled off a bit in the second half, hitting on 47.4 percent of their attempts from the field, including 2-of-6 from deep. The Vikings hit just 34.6 percent of their shots in the period, but made 5-of-12 from distance and were able to shave one point off of Wright State's lead. In the end, Cleveland State's comeback attempt wasn't good enough, and the Raiders were able to advance to the Horizon League championship game for the second straight year.
Wright State held the advantage in points in the paint, 26-18. Cleveland State had the edge in points off turnovers, 17-11, and in rebounds, 28-20.
Final Score: Milwaukee 73, Green Bay 66 (OT)
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Aaron poured in a game-high 28 points, as the fifth-seeded Milwaukee Panthers upset the No. 1 seed Green Bay Phoenix in overtime, 73-66, in the semifinal round of the Horizon League Tournament at the Resch Center.
Aaron shot 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 at the foul line for Milwaukee (20-13), which also beat Green Bay at the Resch Center on Feb. 8 (73-63). Matt Tiby tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Kelm and Austin Arians netted 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Steve McWhorter also hauled in 10 boards.
The Panthers will take on Wright State in the championship game on Tuesday.
Greg Mays logged 17 points and nine boards for Green Bay (24-6), which will wait and see if its resume is strong enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Keifer Sykes chipped in 15 points for the hosts, while Carrington Love scored 12.
Milwaukee shot only 39.4 percent from the field in the first half, but Green Bay was even worse a mere 22.2 percent, as the Panthers carried a 28-19 lead into intermission.
The Phoenix battled back in the second half and held a four-point lead with 1:15 left, but the Panthers answered with four straight points to close out regulation, capped off by an Aaron layup with 13 seconds to play to tie it up. Mays missed a jumper in the waning seconds and the game went to overtime.
Milwaukee never trailed in the extra session and pulled away with a 5-0 run. The Panthers sealed their fate by shooting 6-of-6 at the free-throw line over the final 18 seconds.
Green Bay, which came into the contest shooting 47.8 percent from the field on the season, netted a mere 35 percent of its tries on the evening.
03/09 00:54:17 ET
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