Looking for its fourth-straight win over its in-state rival on Friday night, Green Bay endured too many cold stretches and fell 76-58 to Milwaukee at UWM Panther Arena. The Phoenix (10-16, 5-8 HL) was seeking its third-straight win, but turned the ball over 20 times and allowed the Panthers (13-13, 5-8 HL) to score 42 points in the paint.
GB fell behind 8-0 to start the game, before eventually going into the half only down nine points despite the turnovers and cold shooting. The second half was then dominated by Milwaukee, who avenged its earlier defeat this season at the Resch Center, scoring 44 points and knocking down six 3-pointers.
Milwaukee was held scoreless from 3-point range in the first half, going 0-for-8 but making up for it inside. Bryce Nze scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, going 11-for-14 from the field with multiple easy lay-ins and dunks.
Manny Patterson led the Phoenix, finishing a rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Patterson went 5-for-9 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line as the lone bright spot.
Senior Khalil Small was bottled up by the Milwaukee defense, scoring 10 points but turning it over six times. Small finished 4-for-11 from the field and 0-for-2 from long range.
GB did not score a single point on the fastbreak and the Panthers turned the 20 turnovers into only 18 points. UWM also racked up 17 second-chance points, 14 points more than the Phoenix.
Will Chevalier came off the bench to bury a pair of 3-pointers, as did Hunter Crist. Both players scored 6 points and were a combined 4-for-4 from the field.
Green Bay finished with just nine assists and was outrebounded 38-29.
The first half wasn’t kind to the Phoenix either, which turned the ball over 13 times and made only eight field goals, scoring its lowest point total in the first half this year. Milwaukee scored 24 points in the paint, compared to only four points for GB.
Green Bay will now hit the road for two more games next weekend, visiting the two teams who stand at the top of the Horizon League standings in Wright State and Northern Kentucky.