Thur. Final: UWM 69, Youngstown St. 50
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- In a match-up of the Horizon League's two highest scoring teams, Wisconsin-Milwaukee came closest to living up to the reputation.
Tone Boyle scored 18 points and Deonte Roberts 12 Thursday night as Milwaukee defeated Youngstown State 69-50. It was a relatively low-scoring game considering that Milwaukee was averaging 70.2 points, tops in the league and Youngstown was second at 69.8 points.
Boyle was the only starter who could consistently score.
So Milwaukee Coach Bob Jeter, whose Panthers (11-6, 6-1) have won eight of their last 10 games, went to his bench early. Roberts tied his season high, James Eayrs had eight points and Burleigh Porte had two points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
"I played a lot of different bodies," Jeter said. "I thought the contribution off the bench was big for us, to see some guys come in and play with confidence and play well."
The Panther bench crew came on because the regulars were struggling, but they were not as out of synch as the Penguins.
Youngstown State coach Jerry Slocum's Penguins (5-11, 2-5) lost for the third time in four outings.
"We were horific on offense tonight," Slocum said. "We've played pretty good offensively this year but we had one of those nights where we couldn't throw it in the ocean."
Sirlester Martin scored 12 points for Youngstown State. Kelvin Bright, who was averaging 15.3 points, had only 3 points.
Bright made three of five free throws but missed all six shots he took from the field.
Milwaukee led 32-22 at the half. The closest the Penguins got in the second period was 36-28 on a basket by Mays.
Roberts provided some needed offensive spark in the first half including a pair of baskets in the scoring spurt that put Milwaukee on top for good. Even though Roberts does not play a lot of minutes, he said it is not hard to produce as a sometime player.
"Not really. I'm used to coming off the bench," he said. "I bring a lot of energy, I boost us up, pump us up."
Just as important was Porte's muscular inside play which helped keep the Penguins off balance.
"His athleticism is what we really miss" when he's not in the game, Jeter said. "I'm pretty pleased with him."
Porte was humble about his best game so far.
"I feel good," he said of his contribution. "I tried to do what I could to help the team defensively."
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)