Panthers upset by Penguins

Everyone in the gym knew where it was going.

Blake Allen scored 27 points to lead all scorers.

Down two with seconds remaining after a loose ball pick and pop by Ashen Ward, the Milwaukee Panthers went to the man they knew could get it done.

This time, however, Kaylon Williams’ three-pointer rimmed out.  Rebounded by Tony Meier, he had his shot blocked by Damian Eargle, ending a 68-66 loss for Milwaukee at Youngstound State.

The story for Youngstown State was the out-of-body experience shooting by Blake Allen, who was 7-for-8 from three and 8-for-10 overall.  His shooting, especially in the first half, put the Penguins up 11 at the break.

Milwaukee got a herculean effort out of Kaylon Williams, who scored 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists.  He hit three big shots in the second half – two threes and a layup with a foul – within four possessions that cut the Penguin lead from 54-42 to 59-58.  Milwaukee took a three point lead at 62-59 following a Kyle Kelm free throw, but he missed the second and that was the furthest they could get.

Kaylon Williams rimmed off the potential game-winner.

The game-winning basket came after a missed shot by Youngstown. Kaylon Williams knocked the ball away from Kendrick Perry, and Ashen Ward scooped it up.  Ryan Allen was just a split second too late for the strip, and Ashen Ward put up the winning shot.

Milwaukee dropped to 6-2 in the Horizon League, into a first place tie with Valparaiso.  Cleveland State is currently playing Green Bay, but it looks like they are going to win and also move to 6-2.  Youngstown State is now 5-3, tied with Butler for fourth place.

Milwaukee plays at Cleveland State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Time Warner Sports 32.

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