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Wisconsin-Milwaukee wraps up title



Published: Thu, February 17, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



ASSOCIATED PRESS

MILWAUKEE -- Ed McCants scored 22 points and Joah Tucker had 21 Wednesday night as Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated Butler 64-53 to win its second consecutive Horizon League regular season championship.

Milwaukee improved to 20-5 overall and 13-2 in the conference by winning for the 13th time in its last 14 games.

With only one league game remaining for the Panthers, the victory means second-place Wisconsin-Green Bay, which is two games back, cannot catch Milwaukee.

The Bulldogs (10-14, 5-9) were led by Brandon Crone with 14 points, Brandon Polk with 13, and Bruce Horan had 12.

Detroit 67, Cleveland St. 52

DETROIT -- Brandon Cotton scored 17 points to help Detroit Mercy beat Cleveland State.

The Titans (10-14, 7-7) improved their chances of hosting a first-round playoff game next month. The Titans have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including all five games played on their home court.

Raheem Moss had 13 points to lead the Vikings (9-13, 6-8).

The Vikings led 39-38 six minutes into the second half, but managed just two free throws during the next six minutes.

Cleveland State's Omari Westley was benched in the first half by coach Mike Garland for an unspecified violation of team rules. He went on to play nearly all of the second half and scored 12 points.




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