Horizon League Tournament Recaps

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Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Miles Dixon scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds as the third-seeded Wright State Raiders downed the sixth-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 73-57, in the second round of the Horizon League Tournament at Resch Center.

Matt Vest netted 11 points and dished out four assists, while the Raiders (19-13) connected on 53.5 percent of their field goal attempts in the game. Wright State will move on to play second-seeded Cleveland State in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament Saturday.

Travis Bader tallied 20 points on 5-of-13 shooting to pace Oakland (13-20), which ends a two-game Grizzlies winning streak. Dante Williams came off the bench to score 13 points, and Corey Petros brought down a team-high nine rebounds in the defeat.

Wright State shot an even 40 percent from the floor in the first half, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range, and took a 30-25 lead into the midway break. Oakland connected on 35 percent of its field goal attempts in the frame, and hit just 3-of-9 from deep.

The Raiders exploded in the second half, hitting 65.2 percent of their shots, and connected on 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. The Golden Grizzlies improved to 45.8 percent shooting in the period, but still fell behind by an additional 11 points to give Wright State the double-digit victory.

The Raiders held the edge in points in the paint, 28-18, and outrebounded Oakland, 31-23, in the contest.

Final Score: Milwaukee 74, Valparaiso 57

Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Aaron scored 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting as the fifth-seeded Milwaukee Panthers cruised past the fourth-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders, 74-57, in a second-round Horizon League Tournament matchup at Resch Center.

Matt Tiby contributed 18 points, going 11-of-11 from the free-throw line and adding seven rebounds for Milwaukee (19-13), which will advance to Saturday's Horizon League semifinal to take on the top-seeded Green Bay Phoenix. Austin Arians netted 13 points, and Kyle Kelm scored 10 points with six rebounds in the win.

Alec Peters scored 18 points with five rebounds to lead Valparaiso (18-15), which had its hopes of repeating as Horizon League champions dashed. LaVonte Dority chipped in 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the loss, which was the third in the Crusaders' final four games.

Milwaukee connected on 30.6 percent of its field goal tries in the first half, including 5-of-14 from 3-point distance, and took a 31-22 lead into the intermission. Valpo shot 41.2 percent from the floor in the frame, but went just 1-of-6 from 3-point range.

The Panthers improved to 50 percent shooting in the second half, and hit 24- of-27 from the free-throw line. The Crusaders made 54.5 percent of their shots from the field in the period, but were outscored by Milwaukee from the free- throw line, 24-6. Valpo, after being down by nine at the end of the first half, fell behind by another eight points by the time the final buzzer sounded.

Milwaukee had a 14-0 advantage in second chance points, and outscored Valpo from the free-throw line, 28-13. The Crusaders had the edge in bench points, 20-9.

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