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Wis.-Milwaukee 61, Wright St. 60

January 19, 1997

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Roderick Johnson scored a season high 17 points to lead four players in double figures Saturday night as Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated Wright State 61-60 in a battle to stay out of last place in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

After calling a timeout with 9 seconds left, Wright State inbounded the ball but failed to get off a shot before the buzzer.

Pat McCabe and Cyrus Caldwell added 13 points apiece and John Gilmore 10 for Milwaukee, which snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 5-10 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

Wright State (3-13 and 1-5), which lost its third straight and fell to 0-7 on the road, was led by Keion Brooks with 17 points.

Brooks hit two straight baskets to pull the Raiders to within three points at 41-38 with 12:30 left to play. But Kelvin Anderson nailed a 3-pointer, Gilmore sank a pair of free throws and McCabe hit a jumper for a 47-38 Panthers lead.

Mike Richardson, who scored 8 of his 10 points in the second half, made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 60-58. After Caldwell hit one-of-two free throws for the Panthers for another three-point advantage, Lequient Lewis made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to narrow the Panthers lead to 61-60.

The Panthers grabbed a 33-24 halftime lead on the strength of two scoring spurts.

Gilmore scored four points in an 8-0 run that gave the Panthers an 18-14 lead. After Brooks hit a jumper to cut Milwaukee’s advantage to 21-20 with 5:57 left, Johnson scored five points and Caldwell four as the Panthers outscored the Raiders 12-4 the rest of the half.

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