Milwaukee, WI - It took until game number 21, but Wisconsin-Milwaukee finally has a winning streak of its own.
Led by career scoring highs from senior Cody Wichmann (6'5''-G) (23) and junior Brett Prahl (18), the Panthers sent their Horizon League match-up against Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon to overtime, then outscored the Penguins 19-10 in the extra stanza to pull out a 94-85 victory for their second win in a row. The victory avenged Milwaukee's 88-87 double overtime loss to Youngstown State on December 29.
'We thought it would be a good idea to test the loyalty of all our Panthers fans to take the game to overtime to see who was going to run up the stairwells to find a television set to catch the Packers game,' joked Milwaukee Coach LaVall Jordan, knowing full well that the end of his game bumped into the start of the Green Bay Packers-Atlanta Falcons playoff game, something that seemingly every sports fan in the state of Wisconsin had been fixating on all week.
Prahl sent the Panthers into the overtime session by tracking down a missed shot of teammate Brock Stull, contorting his body under the basket and making an acrobatic shot at the rim to tie the score at 75 with 2.4 seconds left in regulation. That hoop put a punctuation mark on a highly efficient afternoon for Prahl that saw him make 9-of-10 field goal attempts, all at the rim, pull down five rebounds and block two shots. He finished the game as the top field goal shooter in the conference with a 74 percent shooting mark.
Scoring often off penetration, mostly below the rim and never calling attention to himself, it could be said that the 6-9 Prahl scores his points in a quiet manner. 'He goes about everything quietly,' said Jordan. 'He asks the right questions and has improved greatly since we (Jordan and coaching staff) got here. If we had to give a most improved player award to someone, he'd get it.'
Prahl failed to start a single game in his first two years with the Panthers. In fact, his total points scored in those years did not reach triple digits. Coming off a four-point outing in the Panthers most recent game, a buzzer-beating, 63-62 victory over Cleveland State on January 20, Prahl carried an 8.4 ppg scoring average into the Youngstown State game.
But he more than doubled his average by scoring around Youngstown State centers Jorden Kaufman and Devin Haygood with both hands and often out of post-ups along both sides of the lane. 'He got himself in great shape over the summer,' said Jordan. 'We needed him to because we wanted him to be able to run the court and show on ball screens.'
'We have the most confidence in Brett,' added Wichmann. 'Nine of ten (made shots), that's ridiculous. He knows when to shoot and when to pass it out.'
Wichmann got Milwaukee rolling in the overtime by doing what he does best-knocking down a shot from distance. Those were the first of seven points Wichmann would score in overtime as he later drained all four of his free throws to help keep the Penguins at bay.
A product of a small town just outside Green Bay, Wisconsin, Wichmann resisted the temptation to transfer after the dismissal of longtime Milwaukee Coach Rob Jeter after the end of the 2015-16 season. Unlike former teammates of his like Akeem Springs and Austin Arians, now starting at Minnesota and Wake Forest, respectively, Wichmann bought into Jordan and has started every game for the Panthers after playing exclusively off the bench last season.
A left-handed shooter, Wichmann is more comfortable shooting off the catch than dribble. His first made three-point shot came in transition and staked the Panthers to a 9-2 early lead. Later in the first half, Wichmann drifted to the corner to receive a pass from point guard August Hass and knocked down a triple to push the Milwaukee lead to 19-14. For the game, Wichmann made 3-of-7 attempts from behind the arc.
With a sparkling .421 career shooting percentage from distance going into the season, Wichmann's accuracy had suffered this season. He brought a .370 three-point percentage into the Youngstown State game. 'Everyone's keying on Cody and he's at the top of everyone's scouting reports,' said Jordan. To counter the added defensive attention above the arc, Wichmann has increased his activity off the ball. Against the Penguins, he back cut defenders and was able to create separation to receive passes and scored twice at the rim.
Milwaukee got an unexpected scoring infusion from fifth-year senior Cameron Harvey, who brought a 1.6 ppg scoring average with him into the game. Harvey knocked down 3-of-4 shots from behind the arc and scored three more baskets in the paint to finish with 15 points. The Stetson transfer had been struggling since the start of the Horizon League season. In fact, his 15-point game surpassed his scoring output in the Panthers first seven league games. 'Every single shot that he made seemed like a big shot,' said Jordan.
A freshman from Copenhagen, Denmark, Haas was solid orchestrating the Panthers offense. Entering the game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of closer to one than the more desired two or more, Hass handed out nine assists without turning over the ball once. 'August is starting to understand the (point guard) position and is finding his sweet spots on the floor,' said Jordan. 'We're giving him more ownership of the offense and he likes being in command.'
The Penguins squandered a 71-62 lead in the last seven minutes of regulation and were outscored 13-4 as they were forced into the extra session. They had built their lead behind the marksman of junior guard Cameron Morse, a 6-3 shooting guard who brought a team-high 22.4 ppg scoring average into the game. A high volume shooter who carried a 41 percent shooting mark into the game, the native of Flint, Michigan connected on half of his 16 shots including making five of eight shots from behind the arc.
As Milwaukee heads to Michigan for games against Detroit Mercy and Oakland on January 27 and 29, respectively, Jordan said he will take a different feeling about his club with him. 'Eleven of our 21 games have been three possessions or less, and we've come out on the other (losing) side more times. I think we're figuring out a way to make enough plays down the stretch to win these now,' said the first-year Milwaukee coach.
The Penguins return to Youngstown to open a three-game homestand on January 28 against Cleveland State.
Coastal Carolina cruises to 91-81 win over Wyoming in Game 1 of CBI Championship - 15 hours ago
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Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win.... [read more]
Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win. Jaylen Shaw (6'1''-G) didn't have his best shooting night at 6-of-15 but helped the team by filling up the stat sheet. He ended the game with 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and only one turnover. Jason McManamen (6'5''-G-94) had a game-high 19 points for Wyoming before fouling out. Alan Herndon (6'9''-F-94) also played a big role, especially on the defensive end with five blocks. His work in the post was key in helping the Cowboys stay competitive in the second half. However, 15 turnovers and a 46-34 rebounding deficit helped contribute to the loss. On the plus side, the next two contests will be at Wyoming as the squad tries to bring home a CBI title. Coastal Carolina took full advantage of the home court in the early going, taking a 18-6 lead in the first six minutes and continuing to build distance going into halftime. This late three for Wyoming helped prevent the score from being double digits after the first half. As it was, the Chanticleers were still up 44-35 through 20 minutes of game time. The second half was more of the same with the home team consistently making shots to stay ahead. Although Wyoming was able to cut the lead down to six a few times, a 9-2 run helped the Chanticleers pull away. They weren't flawless down the stretch, but they made enough free throws to hold on for the 10-point victory. The teams will face off again in Game 2 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Wyoming. If necessary, a third game will be played as a tiebreaker Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. In order for there to be a third game, however, the Cowboys will have to play much better defense next time out. Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com
Akron's Keith Dambrot taking Duquesne coaching job - 16 hours ago
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Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-... [read more]
Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-97 in five seasons at Duquesne. Dambrot coached LeBron James during his first two seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Cavaliers star got the news that his former coach was leaving Akron. "I support everything that Coach D do. He's paid more dues than any other coach in Akron history," James said. "He got a seven-year deal? He probably got a pay raise, too. He's going to have to take me to lunch when I get back." Dambrot spent 13 seasons at Akron, compiling a 305-139 record. He has turned down other coaching jobs in the past to stay at Akron. Akron said it will immediately launch a national search for a new coach. Courtesy of: espn.com
Quinnipiac to name Baker Dunleavy new men's basketball coach - 1 day ago
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Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the ea... [read more]
Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the early 2000s alongside stars such as Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Jason Fraser, helping the team to the Sweet 16 as a junior. After graduating from Villanova in 2006, Dunleavy worked for Merrill Lynch before joining the Villanova staff as director of basketball operations. He was later elevated to assistant coach, then associate head coach. In the latter role, Dunleavy's responsibilities included on-court teaching, player development and recruiting. Dunleavy, who interviewed for the position on March 19, gets the job over a group of candidates that included former Quinnipiac star guard Jared Grasso, who's now associate head coach at Iona and Hamden native, former Quinnipiac assistant and current Southern Connecticut head coach Scott Burrell. Others believed to be targeted by Quinnipiac included Vermont head coach John Becker, Xavier associate head coach Travis Steele, Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole and Albany head man Will Brown. A press conference is expected to officially introduce Dunleavy on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Dunleavy brings national championship pedigree and experience under one of the more respected head coaches in the game, not to mention a name that carries plenty of weight in the basketball world. He has no head coaching experience, of course. And while he inherits a strong, young roster that is slated to bring back its top three scorers from a year ago (including MAAC rookie of the year Mikey Dixon), Dunleavy may have to work hard to keep those players with the program. Grasso, a talented recruiter who has already secured a commitment from Hamden's own C.J. Seaforth for next season, was an assistant at the school for one season and is in its athletics Hall of Fame. He would have jumped at the opportunity to land what would have been a dream job. Same with Burrell, whose interview was this past Thursday, March 23. Burrell may have been hurt by his ties to Moore, for whom he was an assistant for eight years, but he has established himself as the head coach at SCSU, taking the Owls to the NCAA Division II tournament the past two seasons. Courtesy of: nhregister.com
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