Milwaukee, Butler set in title matchup
The Panthers beat Loyola 80-66 and the Bulldogs routed Green Bay 73-51.
MILWAUKEE-- Joah Tucker and Boo Davis scored 20 points apiece to lead Wis.-Milwaukee to an 80-66 victory over Loyola of Chicago in a Horizon League Tournament semifinal game Saturday night.
Milwaukee (20-8), the No. 1 seed and defending champion, will host the tournament title game Tuesday night against second-seeded Butler (18-11). The Bulldogs defeated Wis.-Green Bay 73-51 in the first semifinal.
Adrian Tigert, who missed the last two games with a back injury, gave the Panthers a lift by returning to score 17 points and grab six rebounds.
Fourth-seeded Loyola (19-11) was led by Blake Schilb with 22 points, J.R. Blount with 17 and Majak Kou 12. The Panthers have beaten the Ramblers 11 consecutive games including 94-76 in last year's tournament semifinals.
Davis scored 13 of his team's first 18 points to lead Milwaukee to a 38-27 halftime lead they would never surrender.
The Panthers used a 9-0 run midway through the first period to go ahead for good at 24-17. Davis ignited the decisive run with a three-point play with 11:43 left for an 18-17 lead.
Davis stole an inbounds pass under his own basket, scored and then made a free throw because he was fouled. Jason McCoy ended the scoring spurt with a basket with 8:01 left.
Schilb made two free throws to open the second half and cut Milwaukee's lead to 38-29.
But the Panthers reeled off eight straight points and the Ramblers never got that close again.
Mark Pancratz ended the surge with a layup with 15:08 remaining.
Butler 73, Wis.-Green Bay 51
MILWAUKEE -- Avery Sheets scored 20 points and A.J. Graves added 19 points as Butler led the entire game. Butler (19-11) advances to the championship game for the first time since 2003. Aswan Minatee led the Phoenix (15-16) with 16 points. Brandon Polk scored 17 points for Butler.
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