#HLMBB Scoreboard (Feb. 2)
Milwaukee 86, Oakland 64
Oakland senior Travis Bader broke former Duke star J.J. Redick's NCAA career 3-point field-goal record in Sunday's game at Milwaukee, but the Panthers rolled in the second half in sweeping the season series with the Golden Grizzlies after an 86-64 win at the Klotsche Center.
Bader's third 3-pointer of the game gave him the record. Taking a pass from Kahlil Felder in the right corner, Bader drilled the triple with 6:18 remaining in the first half, breaking the tie with Redick. Bader had just tied Redick, who starred at Duke from 2002-06, 40 seconds earlier with his second 3-pointer of the game.
Jordan Aaron scored 23 points to lead five players in double figures for Milwaukee (15-9, 5-5 Horizon). The Panthers led by as many as nine points in the first half and then broke the game open in the second 20 minutes.
Milwaukee shot 56.6 percent from the field overall and made a season-high 13 3-pointers.
Austin Arians contributed 16 points for the Panthers. Kyle Kelm added 12, Steve McWhorter 11 and Matt Tiby 10. Plus Tiby had 17 rebounds, tied for the second-most in Division I school history.
But, Milwaukee tightened the clamps on Bader and Oakland (9-15, 4-5 Horizon) in the second half. The Grizzlies shot just 28.6 percent after halftime while Bader made just one 3-pointer.
Meanwhile, the Panthers efficiently built on their lead, scoring on nearly every possession during a stretch that saw the lead balloon from one to 21. Ten different players got in the scoring column for Milwaukee, as five reached double figures for the second-straight day.
The victory was Milwaukee's second in a row after a three-game losing streak and vaulted the Panthers from seventh to fourth in the league standings. It also gave UWM a regular season sweep of Oakland.
The Panthers recovered from a slow start to lead much of the first half. After Oakland scored the first six points of the game, Milwaukee countered with a 15-1 run to build a 15-7 advantage.
Oakland fought back to tie the game at 18, but a three by Kelm pushed the Milwaukee edge back out to 24-20. The Panthers eventually rebuilt a seven-point lead on back-to-back threes by Mitch Roelke and Aaron and then carried a three-point lead into the locker room.
After Oakland cut the lead to one early in the second half, Milwaukee responded with a 12-3 burst to build a double-digit lead for the first time in the game.
The Panthers never took their foot off the gas after that. The lead hit 64-49 on a Kelm layin with 12:40 left and grew to 69-51 when Aaron buried a three with 11:10 remaining. The advantage pushed past 20 (74-53) on a McWhorter layin with 10:00 remaining and both teams made liberal use of their bench from there.
Tags: Horizon League - Men's Basketball · Milwaukee - Men's Basketball · Oakland - Men's Basketball