GAME NOTES: Losers of six straight, the Milwaukee Panthers are back home on
Saturday night as they play host to the Wright State Raiders in Horizon League
action at the Klotsche Center.
Milwaukee has suffered through an awful campaign thus far with a total of just
five wins, just three of those coming against Division I opponents. Since the
most recent victory, a 69-57 triumph over Cleveland State on Jan. 17, the team
has gone on to drop six straight league bouts. On Thursday night the Panthers
were bounced by Detroit at home, 82-74.
As for the Raiders, they might be a tired bunch heading into the weekend
considering they had to go to double-overtime in order to dismiss Green Bay
two nights ago, 70-68. The victory was the second in a row for a program that
is now 7-4 in league play.
The Raiders won the first meeting of the season between the teams by a narrow
53-51 score at home last month which means Milwaukee now leads the all-time
series by just two games, 24-22.
Getting the game against Green Bay into a pair of overtimes was hard enough,
but the Raiders had to rely on a 3-pointer by JT Yoho with seven seconds
remaining in order to put them into the win column. Yoho came off the bench to
shoot 5-of-8 behind the 3-point line to arrive at 19 points, while fellow
reserves Miles Dixon and Jerran Young came up with 13 and 11 points,
respectively. Reggie Arceneaux, who came off the bench for just the second
time this season, finished with just six points and five turnovers, but still
he is the second-leading scorer overall for the program with 9.9 ppg. Just
ahead of Arceneaux is Cole Darling with 11.2 ppg for a group that is scoring
only 62.5 ppg this season.
The Panthers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half against Detroit
on Thursday, but battled back to make it a three-point deficit at the break
and then actually take a three-point lead in the second half. Unfortunately,
Milwaukee just couldn't hold on even as James Haarsma dropped in 26 points in
just 32 minutes of action. Paris Gulley contributed 11 points and Demetrius
Harris 10 points and six rebounds. Despite scoring only seven points on 2-of-8
shooting from the floor in the last outing, Jordan Aaron is still the leading
scorer for the program with 14.3 ppg while playing more than 35 minutes per
contest. Gulley checks in with 13.9 ppg as he remains on the floor for almost
37 minutes per game for a team generating just 61.4 ppg while shooting 37.9
percent from the field.
The Raiders might be a tired bunch after playing extra minutes and having to
travel for this game, but still the squad should be more than ready to take
care of business against a slumping Milwaukee squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 66, Milwaukee 58