January 23, 2003

Bulldogs Edged By Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 69-65

Jan. 23, 2003

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Clay Tucker scored 17 points, including five straight in the closing minutes, as Wisconsin-Milwaukee scored its first win over Butler at home since 1978 by beating the Bulldogs 69-65 Thursday night.

Dylan Page matched Tucker with 17 points for the Panthers (14-5, 5-2 Horizon League).

Brandon Miller had 18 points to lead Butler (15-2, 5-1). Lewis Curry added 15 points and Mike Monserez had 13 for the Bulldogs.

Butler came into the game leading the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game at 10.2, but the Panthers forced 24 turnovers with a fullcourt press.

Tucker stole the ball two times during his five-point scoring spree that put Wisconsin-Milwaukee up 59-54 with four minutes left. Ronnie Jones' 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 62-54 lead at the 3:40 mark.

Butler closed the gap to 64-60 when Miller made an acrobatic layup and added a free throw with 43.6 seconds remaining. The Panthers missed four free throws in the closing seconds, but Tucker added one from the line with .6 left.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee built a 36-30 halftime lead in large part by forcing the Bulldogs into 13 turnovers. The Panthers converted several of those into baskets.

The Panthers also used quantity over quality in shooting, making 14 of 31 shots from the field to the Bulldogs' 10 of 19. The biggest discrepancy was from 3-point range, where Butler made 6 of 9 and the Panthers 4 of 14.

Butler started the second half with an 11-4 run to take a 41-40 lead and expanded the lead to five before the Panthers rallied to take their lead late in the game.