Cowboys Drop Close Contest At UW-Milwaukee, 75-73

Dec. 27, 2006

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Avery Smith scored 28 points, including the winning free throws, and Kevin Masiah had a career-high 18 to help Wisconsin-Milwaukee snap a seven-game losing streak with a 75-73 victory over Wyoming Wednesday night.

Milwaukee (3-11), off to its worst start since 1997-98 when it lost 15 of its first 16 games, also got 14 points from Allan Hanson and 13 from Paige Paulsen.

Masiah topped his previous career high of 13 points against Central Michigan Nov. 29.

The Cowboys (9-5) lost their second straight game and third in their last four. They were led by Brandon Ewing with 24 points and James Spencer with 18. Daaron Brown added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Hanson hit a pair of free throws with 5:32 left to play to end a 9-0 run and give the Panthers a 56-52 lead.

The Cowboys pulled to within 73-71 on a pair of free throws by Ewing with 40.2 seconds left. Smith sank a pair of free throws with 12.5 seconds left for a four-point lead, but Ewing got inside for a basket with 2.4 seconds left to make it 75-73.

The Panthers inbounded the ball and Wyoming could not foul before time ran out.

The Panthers, who play 15th-ranked Butler in a Horizon League game Saturday night, led 33-26 at halftime.