MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Milwaukee rode its hot shooting from three-point, making six in each half, and defeated Cleveland State, 69-57 in Horizon League men's basketball action on Thursday night in the Klotsche Center.
The Vikings slipped to 10-9 overall and 2-3 in the Horizon League, while the Panthers improved to 5-13 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Tim Kamczyc finished with eight points and five boards.
The story of the night was Milwaukee's three-point shooting as the Panthers connected on 12-of-25 (.480) from three-point.
Austin Arians hit 5-of-9 off the bench and finished with a game-high 19 points.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but Milwaukee used hot shooting from three-point to take a 28-21 lead at halftime. The Panthers went just 9-of-27 (.333) from the field in the first half, but hit six three-pointers. Austin Arians hit the final Panther three of the first half with 7:17 to play that gave Milwaukee its biggest lead of the half (26-18).
A near three-minute scoring drought followed until a free throw by Luda Ndaye and a Mason layup brought the Vikings back within five (26-21) with 3:37 left.
The Vikings were just 9-of-29 (.310) from the field in the half and 2-of-11 (.182)_from three-point.
Paris Gulley opened the second half with a three-pointer that triggered a 13-5 Panther run, extending the Milwaukee lead to 39-23.
But the Vikings began to find their offensive rhythm, using a Bryn Forbes three-pointer to cap a 12-2 run and bring CSU within six points (41-35) with just over 12 minutes left.
However, Gulley answered with seven straight points - on four free throws and a three-pointer - to start an 11-3 Milwaukee run that pushed the lead back to 14 points (52-38).
Milwaukee continued to ride its hot three-point shooting the rest of the way as the Vikings tried to battle back late.
CSU hit just 7-of-24 (.292) from three-point and 24-of-71 (.338) from the field.
The Vikings did out-rebound Milwaukee, 43-42, including a career-high 14 from Marlin Mason, who also had four blocked shots and two steals.
CSU finished just 2-of-6 at the free throw line. Milwaukee was 11-of-18.