Wis.-Milwaukee 81, Cleveland St. 59
CLEVELAND -- Ed McCants scored 21 points and Wisconsin-Milwaukee held Cleveland State to 30 percent shooting from the field. Joah Tucker added 16 points and Adrian Tigert 10 for the Panthers (22-5, 14-2 Horizon League). Raheem Moss led Cleveland State (9-16, 6-10) with 27 points. The Vikings were playing their first game since leading scorer (17.1 points per game) and rebounder (8.3) Omari Westley was dismissed from the team for missing two practices and a game earlier in the week. The Panthers scored the first four points and built a 45-33 halftime lead. Their lead never fell below 17 points in the final 17 minutes. Cleveland State hit just 6-of-31 shots from the field in the second half (19 percent).
Butler 86, Ill.-Chicago 82
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon Polk scored 27 points, including 7-of-8 free throws, and Brandon Crone added 20 as Butler held off Illinois-Chicago. The Bulldogs (13-14, 7-9 Horizon League) led throughout and enjoyed a double-digit edge through most of the first half that grew to 18 points midway through the half. But after trailing 42-32 at the half, the Flames (14-13, 8-8) rallied, cutting Butler's lead to under 10 points before the Bulldogs struggled to fight their way back, with Crone's field goal at 3:57 making it 74-64 Butler. The rest of the way, however, the Flames, who were led by Cedrick Banks' game-high 28 points, outscored the Bulldogs 18-12, but it wasn't enough. Justin Bowen made a layup with seven seconds remaining to pull Illinois-Chicago within two points, 84-82. But A.J. Graves, who added 16 points for Butler, made both of his free throws after being fouled to seal the Bulldogs' win. Jovan Stefanov had 12 points for the Flames, while Armond Williams and Karl White added 10 each.