MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) Tony Meier hit a pair of free throws with one-point-one seconds left to give U-W Milwaukee an 86-to-84 home win over Cleveland State last night.
The Panthers had the edge at the free-throw line, making 33-of-40 while the Vikings hit just 20-of-24. Cleveland State lost despite shooting 61-percent from the floor. They dropped to 12-and-4 in the Horizon League, as their title hopes diminished.
Valparaiso holds a tie-breaker over Cleveland State, and Valpo can clinch first place with a win over Loyola next Tuesday. Milwaukee’s win kept the Panthers on track to host a home game in the upcoming conference tournament.
James Haarsma had 25 points for U-W-M, which improved to 9-and-7 in the Horizon League and 16-and-12 overall. Charlie Lee scored 14 for Cleveland State, which dropped to 20-and-7 overall. Milwaukee’s next game is on Saturday at home against Fairfield as part of E-S-P-N’s Bracket Buster series. The U-W Green Bay men shot 61-percent in the second half last night to beat Youngstown State at home, 71-to-65. Brennan Cougill had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Phoenix, while his freshman teammate Keifer Sykes had 17 points and 10 assists.
Green Bay shot 44-percent on the night, improving to 7-and-8 in the Horizon League and 11-and-14 overall. Blake Allen scored 23 for Youngstown State, which dropped to 9-and-7 in the conference and 14-and-12 overall. Green Bay will host Eastern Michigan on Saturday in the Bracket Buster event.