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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Kenny Carpenter had 15 points and eight rebounds as Cleveland State fell at Milwaukee, 70-47, on Saturday afternoon at UWM Panther Arena.
Carpenter hit 6-of-11 from the field and added two steals.
Stefan Kenic scored 13 points, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point and had three rebounds and two blocked shots. Tyree Appleby scored six points with three rebounds, three assists and a steal, while Evan Clayborne had four points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Bryce Nze led Milwaukee with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Vikings forced a pair of Panther turnovers to start the game and turned them into baskets to take a 4-0 lead early on. However, Milwaukee responded with 12-2 run to take a 12-6 lead. A Bobby Word three-pointer at the 11:30 mark brought CSU within two points (14-12), but the Panthers closed the half on a 14-4 run to take a 28-16 lead into the locker room.
A three-pointer from Milwaukee’s Bryce Nze started the second half scoring and pushed the lead to 15 points (31-16), but Kenic answered with a three-pointer and Carpenter scored six straight points to slice the CSU deficit to six points (31-25) at the 17:26 mark.
The Milwaukee lead was still five points (33-28) after a Kasheem Thomas layup at the 14:35 mark, but five straight points from the Panthers pushed their lead back to 10 points (38-28; 14:17).
CSU once again battled back to slice the lead to five points (42-37) on a Kenic three-pointer and Carpenter layup, but Milwaukee once again responded, scoring seven straight points to take a 49-37 lead with just over nine minutes to play en route to the win.
The Vikings are back in action on Thursday (Feb. 1) when CSU hosts League-leading Wright State at 7:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.