MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) The U-W Milwaukee men’s basketball team won its first Horizon League game last night, 69-to-57 at home over Cleveland State. Freshman Austin Arians scored a season-high 19 points off the bench. He hit five shots from three-point range, and added nine rebounds. One of Arians’ three-pointers put Milwaukee in front for good, midway through the first half.
The Panthers led by seven at the break, and by as many as 20 in the second half. Paris Gulley scored 17 points for U-W-M. He’s been in double figures in 10 of his 12 games, after sitting out the first six contests with a broken hand. Bryn Forbes had 16 points for Cleveland State, which shot only 34-percent for the night.
The Vikings dropped to 2-and-3 in the Horizon League and 10-and-9 overall. Milwaukee is now 1-and-3 in the conference and 5-and-13 overall. They’ll host Youngstown State tomorrow. The U-W Green Bay men rallied in the second half last night to beat Youngstown State at home, 67-to-58. The game was tied at 25 at the break, and the Phoenix pulled away with a 15-to-1 run midway through the second half. Green Bay shot 45-percent from the floor, and made only one-of-six from three-point range. But the Phoenix were 24-of-30 from the free-throw line, and they had a balanced attack.
Jordan Fouse had 12 points and nine rebounds. Brennan Cougill and Carrington Love scored 11 each, and Keifer Sykes had 10 as Green Bay won its sixth game in its last eight. Kendrick Perry scored a game-high 21 for Youngstown State, which dropped to 1-and-3 in the Horizon League and 9-and-8 overall.
Green Bay evened its overall record to 9-and-9, and they’re now 3-and-2 in the conference. The Phoenix will host Cleveland State tomorrow. The Wisconsin women got crushed at eighth-ranked Penn State last night, 84-to-40. It was the Badgers’ sixth straight loss, and their most lopsided defeat since March of 1994 when they fell to Purdue by 48 points.
It was also Penn State’s first win of 40-or-more points in a dozen years. The Lady Lions scored the first 11 points – and a 20-to-6 run gave them a 31-to-9 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first half. The Badgers trailed by 25 at the intermission. And they scored the first bucket in the second half before Penn State continued to dominate with a 9-0 run.
The Badgers committed 24 turnovers, and the Lady Lions scored 29 points off those miscues. Penn State also had a commanding 55-31 rebounding edge.
Wisconsin only had nine players suit-up due to injuries. And starting center Cassie Rochel played despite having a stomach illness. She had four points and six rebounds. Nikki Greene had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Penn State, which improved to 4-and-0 in the Big Ten and 14-and-2 overall. Wisconsin dropped to 0-and-5 in the conference and 8-and-10 overall.
The Badgers will host Ohio State on Sunday. The U-W Green Bay women won their eighth straight game, 52-to-49 at home last night over Cleveland State. The Phoenix trailed by 12 points early in the second half, but they slowly chipped away. Sarah Eichler put the Phoenix in front with a three-pointer with around eight minutes left. There would be eight more lead changes before Eichler banked in a shot with 1:35 to go, which gave Green Bay a three-point lead. And the Phoenix hung on from there.
Eichler had a game-high 17 points, as Green Bay shot 50-percent in the second half and just under 40-percent for the game. The Phoenix also held its opponent under 50 points for the 11th time in 15 games this season.
Shalonda Winton scored 13 points for Cleveland State, which committed 26 turnovers to Green Bay’s 13. The Vikings dropped to 2-and-1 in the Horizon League and 10-and-6 overall. Green Bay is now 3-and-0 in the conference and 13-and-2 overall. They’ll play at Youngstown State tomorrow. -1/18- The U-W Milwaukee women lost at Youngstown State last night, 67-to-50. The Panthers coughed up the ball a season-high 27 times, and shot 35-percent in breaking a 15-game winning streak over the Penguins. Milwaukee trailed by eight at the intermission. Youngstown scored seven of the first nine points in the second half, and Milwaukee never got any closer than 10 after that.
Senior Sami Tucker scored her one-thousandth career point – and she became only the fourth Milwaukee player to amass both a thousand points and 600 rebounds. Emily Decorah led U-W-M with 14 points and five rebounds, and she made 4-of-9 from three-point range. Monica Touville scored a career-high 23 off the bench for Youngstown State, which improved to 1-and-1 in the Horizon League and 11-and-4 overall.
It was the first time in 13 years that the Penguins won 11-of-their-first-15, and they’re now 6-and-0 at home. Milwaukee dropped to 0-and-2 in the conference and 4-and-10 overall. The Panthers will play at Cleveland State tomorrow.