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Panthers Find Second-Half Stride But Fall At Wisconsin

Ryan Evans scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Wisconsin claimed a 74-53 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Ryan Evans scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Wisconsin claimed a 74-53 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Paris Gulley had 16 points and J.J. Panoske 13 for Milwaukee, which seemed to break out of its extended offensive slump by making 15-of-27 shots in the second half.

But, the outcome was decided in the first half. The Panthers (3-10) held an early 10-8 lead but Wisconsin scored 37 of the next 46 points to take control of the game.

Panoske added six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in his 27 minutes of play, easily the most extended run of the season for the redshirt freshman.Jordan Aaron also added seven assists in directing the Milwaukee offense, with six of them coming after halftime.

Traevon Jackson added 13 points and Jared Berggren 11 for Wisconsin (8-4).

Milwaukee's early 10-8 lead came on the strength of seven points from Gulley and a three-pointer by J.J. Panoske. The Badgers responded with the next 14 points, though, and then led 32-15 on a pair of free throws by Evans. The lead eventually grew to 41-18 at the half and 45-18 early in the second half.

The Panthers did continue to battle, though, pulling within 49-32 on a three-pointer by Panoske and to within 63-46 on a layin by Austin Arians. UWM actually got even closer when another three by Panoske made it 65-49, but the Badgers added one final surge to put the game away.

The Panthers return to action next Saturday, hosting Ohio Dominican in a noon contest at the Klotsche Center. 

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