(Tuesday, March 4th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 83, Detroit 73
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Aaron paced five teammates in double figures with 16 points, as the fifth-seeded Milwaukee Panthers downed the eighth-seeded Detroit Titans, 83-73, in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament at U.S. Cellular Arena.
Steve McWhorter added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Milwaukee (18-13), which will take on Valparaiso in Friday's second round. Kyle Kelm pitched in 13 points, while Cody Wichmann and JeVon Lyle were both solid off the bench with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
For Detroit (13-19), Juwan Howard, Jr. paced all scorers with 21 points to go with six assists. Matthew Grant poured in 16 points for the visitors, while Evan Bruinsma tallied 14 points and seven boards.
Milwaukee shot an impressive 53.3 percent from the field in the first half while holding Detroit to just 41.7 percent shooting, as it took a 42-28 lead into intermission.
The Panthers never relinquished their lead in the second stanza, shooting 47.4 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes and 18-of-21 at the foul line to advance.
Milwaukee made the most of Detroit's 15 turnovers, scoring 29 points off of those miscues.
Final Score: Oakland 96, Youngstown State 92 (OT)
Rochester, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Behind a season-high 39 points from Travis Bader, the sixth-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies outlasted the seventh-seeded Youngstown State Penguins in overtime, 96-92, in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament at the Athletics Center O'rena.
Bader shot 7-of-18 from 3-point range for Oakland (13-19), which will play third-seeded Wright State in Friday's second round. Bader also set a program record for most made free throws in a game without a miss, going 18-of-18.
Corey Petros added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, Duke Mondy scored 16, Dante Williams netted 12 off the bench and Kahlil Felder handed out 11 assists.
For YSU (15-17), Kendrick Perry matched a career high with 35 points, shooting 12-of-23 from the field and 9-of-11 at the free-throw line. Perry dished out seven assists, Ryan Weber poured in 22 points, Kamren Belin tallied 11 points and eight rebounds and Bobby Hain hauled in 10 boards.
Oakland shot just 36 percent from the field in the first half, but YSU was even worse at 29.2 percent, as the Grizzlies held a 29-25 lead at intermission.
The Penguins appeared to take control in the second stanza, as they took a 10- point lead with 3:10 to play following a pair of Weber free throws, but they came unraveled down the stretch. The Grizzlies ended regulation on a 16-6 run capped off by a pair of Bader free throws with one second left to send the game to overtime.
YSU had a four-point lead in the extra session, but Oakland came storming back once again with a 7-0 run, with a layup by Tommie McCune with 1:09 remaining proving to be the game-winner.
Oakland won the turnover battle, 12-6, and outscored YSU from 3-point range, 39-24.
Final Score: Valparaiso 73, Illinois-Chicago 63
Valparaiso, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Alec Peters tallied 29 points and eight rebounds, as the fourth-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders held off the ninth-seeded Illinois-Chicago Flames in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament, 73-63, at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Peters shot 10-of-11 from the field and finished just one point shy of his career high for Valparaiso (18-14), which will take on eighth-seeded Detroit in the second round on Friday. LaVonte Dority chipped in 12 points for the hosts.
For UIC (6-25), Marc Brown netted 16 points, Jordan Harks (14 points) and Kelsey Barlow (11) each collected nine rebounds and Jay Parker scored 10.
Valparaiso opened up a comfortable 39-28 lead at intermission after shooting a lofty 56 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. UIC, meanwhile, shot a mere 35.7 percent in the first stanza.
The Crusaders' lead swelled to as many as 14 early in the second half. The Flames made a run and brought their deficit to just four, 58-54, with 6:19 to play, but they would get no closer.
UIC finished the game shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and were also plagued by a game-high 15 turnovers.
03/04 23:08:21 ET