The Milwaukee Panthers, who won’t enjoy any post-season tournament play this season, was trying to pull off a big upset at home on Sunday afternoon, leading Horizon League leader Valparaiso 28-23 at halftime.
UWM shot 50% from the field in the first half, while holding the Crusaders to just 27.6%. The Panthers held that lead for the first half of the second half before the Crusaders grabbed a 44-43 lead with 9:02 to play. Valparaiso went on a 11-0 run and never looked back.
Milwaukee shot 33% from the field in the second half, while Valpo heated up to 65% in the second half.
Darien Walker led Valparaiso with 18 points.
Steve McWhorter and Matt Tiby had 14 points each to lead the Panthers.
Milwaukee has four games left in its season, just one of them at home, Feb. 22nd against Cleveland State.