The UW-Milwaukee Panthers men’s basketball team lost to the Youngstown State Penguins for the second time in a four day span, this time however, ended UWM’s season in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.
The Panthers went into intermission with a 36-30 lead, but were outscored 33-21 in the final 20 minutes.
UWM finished the night shooting 38.9 percent from the field (21-for-54) and 27.3 percent from 3-point range (6-of-22).
Senior Darius Roy, who played his final collegiate game, led UWM with 17 points, while Junior Te’Jon Lucas added 15 points.
The loss ends the season for UWM, finishing with a 12-19 overall record.
Pat Baldwin now owns two of the worst finishes to a season at UWM in his three year tenure. Last year, the Panthers lost the final 11 games and didn’t qualify for the Horizon League tournament. This season, the Panthers lost the final six games and went 2-9 in the final 11 games. They only made the conference tournament this year because now everyone makes the tourney, with the exception of Detroit Mercy due to a postseason ban for poor APR score.
Unless Baldwin grows as a coach, UWM will always lose close games…because when there’s 10 minutes or less left in a single digit game, Baldwin has no idea what he’s doing.
The Panthers are now 48-82 (.369) since Director of Athletics Amanda Braun abruptly fired arguably the best coach in program history (Rob Jeter) and said “mediocrity is not our standard.”
Maybe UWM should fire their Athletic Director for not running mediocre or better programs considering that’s UWM’s supposed standard.
Amanda Braun is the Rachel Phelps from the movie Major League.