Down as much as 20 in the second half, the Wright State men's basketball team rallied to within two in the final minute before falling to Milwaukee 68-64 in Horizon League action at the Klotsche Center Thursday night.
The Panthers took control of the contest early, jumping to a 14-5 lead eight minutes into the game and went up 25-9 on an Austin Arians three with 8:33 remaining in the first half.
Milwaukee led 38-23 at the half as the Panthers shot 54 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes while the Raiders shot just 28 percent.
The UWM advantage grew to 47-27 as Arians was fouled on a three-point attempt and connected on all three foul shots with 16:42 to play. Wright State cut into the deficit from that point, but the margin was still 10 until the Raiders tallied six straight points, the final four coming from Tavares Sledge, to make it 59-55 at the 4:19 mark.
Milwaukee pushed the lead back up to eight with a pair of baskets, but back came WSU as a Jerran Young triple and a later three from JT Yoho drew the Raiders to within three at 64-61 with 1:08 remaining.
A pair of Jordan Aaron free throws at the 19.5-second mark made it a five-point game, but Yoho connected on another three with 12 seconds left to make it 66-64.
Wright State, though, would get no closer as two Kyle Kelm foul shots with 10.7 seconds left and the Raiders turned the ball over on their next possession.
WSU hit 15 of 27 shots in the second half for 56 percent, including four of seven three-pointers, as the Raiders shot 41 percent overall compared to 49 percent for the Panthers. Milwaukee led 38-30 in points in the paint and 20-12 in points off of turnovers.
Yoho led all scorers with 20 points off the bench, all but one coming in the second half as he made seven of 10 shots after halftime with three three-pointers. Sledge, making his first start of the season, had 12 points and seven rebounds while Young had 10 off the bench.
Milwaukee (14-9, 4-5 Horizon) had five players in double figures, led by Kelm and Aaron with 13 each while Arians and Malcolm Moore had 12 and Steve McWhorter 10.
Wright State (13-11, 5-4 Horizon) visits league-leading Green Bay Saturday night at 7:00 Eastern. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.