Sunday, January 6, 2013

Postgame Report - Detroit and Wright State

The Panthers dropped their first two league road games of the season this past weekend but actually showed some positive signs in the contests. Milwaukee led by as many as six points against Detroit before being overwhelmed by a 21-4 run in the second half. Saturday in Dayton, the Panthers led most of the way before a late Wright State surge allowed the Raiders to pull out the win.

Player Of The Game(s): Two different guys share the honors for the weekend. Paris Gulley was the star of Thursday night, knocking in six 3-pointers on his way to 22 points. Then Saturday it was Demetrius Harris playing perhaps his best game as a Panther. He tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and was extremely active on both ends of the floor.

Turning Point: Thursday night, the Panthers had a 37-36 lead and were still tied 40-all before scoring only four points in the next eight-plus minutes. Then Saturday, the Panthers had a number of opportunities to extend their advantage late in the second half but a combination of some missed free throws and untimely turnovers kept Milwaukee from building more of a cushion.

News and Notes: Demetrius Harris tallied his second double-double of the season Saturday with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers now have six double-doubles this year … Paris Gulley has now had 20 or more points four times … UWM used just seven players Thursday night, its smallest rotation of the season. And, Milwaukee played at least eight guys in every game a season ago. Twelve players have played at least 10 of the 16 games this year … UWM held Wright State to just 41.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest for an opponent since Northern Illinois shot 39.7 percent in early December … the Panthers saw a five-game winning streak in league openers snapped in the loss to Detroit but is still 10-3 in its last 13 openers … the Panthers had 16 offensive rebounds Thursday night and have had 16 or more in three of their last five games. UWM added 10 offensive rebounds Saturday and has been in double figures in offensive rebounds in 11 of the first 16 games of the season … Milwaukee has now lost eight-straight times in Dayton … the Panthers are now 0-8 in true road games and 0-10 in contests outside of Milwaukee this season.

Up Next: UWM gets a full week of before hosting Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center.