Game #22 – Milwaukee 72, Detroit 67
Player of the Game - Tone Boyle had three 3-pointers in the first half that helped keep Milwaukee in the game, and the senior seemed to provide a calming influence while playing all 40 minutes of the contest. He also did a tremendous job defensively, drawing a pair of charges while collecting four steals.
Turning Point - Tony Meier’s back-to-back three-pointers with under five minutes to play were certainly huge. But, Ryan Allen came up with a tremendous block on one end and then scored in the paint on the other end to put Milwaukee ahead for good down the stretch.
Stat That Mattered - The Panthers have had their issues at the free throw line at times this season, but not on Friday night. UWM converted on 21-of-24 from the stripe, including a 6-of-6 effort in the final 40 seconds.
The Notebook - The Panthers have now recovered from a halftime deficit to win four times this season … Milwaukee won back-to-back games for the first time since the beginning of the month and will be looking for its first three-game winning streak since November on Sunday … UWM tied its season high with 20 turnovers … the Panthers, who entered the game shooting 62.4 percent from the line, made a season-best 21-of-24 from the foul stripe … Milwaukee’s 40 percent shooting was its worst in a win this season … the Panthers have now won 16 of their last 20 against Detroit … this was the second time in the last four years where UWM has overcome a double-digit deficit to beat Detroit in Milwaukee. In 2007-08, the Panthers trailed by 14 with 6:30 to play before rallying for the win … Kyle Kelm set a collegiate-high with nine points … Lonnie Boga and Jerard Ajami, each of whom missed the game against Butler with injuries, played off the bench Friday night. In fact, Ajami played 13 minutes and had three assists and four rebounds to go with two points … UWM’s Horizon League champion men’s swimming and diving team was honored during the second half of the game.
Up Next - UWM continues its three-game homestand by welcoming Wright State to the U.S. Cellular Arena for a Sunday afternoon contest.