UW-Milwaukee's losing streak extends to four as Panthers fall to Yale without Patrick Baldwin Jr.

Todd Rosiak
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM's Josh Thomas fouls Yale's EJ Jarvis in the first half of their game Wednesday in the consolation bracket of the Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament.

UW-Milwaukee's first game this season without Patrick Baldwin Jr. didn't turn out well.

The star freshman forward sat out with a sprained left ankle, and the Panthers saw their losing streak grow to four games after a 69-56 loss to Yale in the consolation round of the Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament Wednesday.

Donovan Newby scored 16 points, DeAndre Gholston 13 and Joey St. Pierre 10 while adding 10 rebounds in a game in which UWM shot just 37.9% — its third consecutive game at sub-40% — surrendered 16 offensive bds and went just 3 for 5 from the free-throw line.

Yale had four players score in double figures and despite shooting only 38.5% committed only six turnovers.

Coach Pat Baldwin declined to speak to the media after the game.

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Baldwin Jr. was injured after a collision in Tuesday's loss to Bowling Green, and considering he missed nearly all of his senior season at Sussex Hamilton with an injury to the same ankle, it came as no surprise that he was sidelined for this one.

Without the threat of his perimeter shooting as well as his rebounding, the Panthers struggled in a big way.

UWM (1-4) actually was in position to take a two-point lead into halftime only to see Yale hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Then, the Bulldogs scored 14 of the first 20 points to open the second half, including 10 of the first 12, in continuing what's been a troubling trend for the Panthers.

The deficit grew to double digits at 49-38 on a Yale jumper with 12 minutes, 30 seconds remaining as UWM received next to no production from its backcourt.

Following a Markeith Browning II three-pointer at the 10:27 mark, the Panthers managed only two points on a Josh Thomas layup over the next 7½ minutes while the Bulldogs continued to extend their advantage.

Thomas started in place of Baldwin but made little impact, missing the only shot he took in the first half while committing a pair of fouls in six minutes.

The Panthers' other three guards — Gholston, Newby and Jordan Lathon — each hit threes in the early going to help get UWM out to an 11-4 start.

But a 16-4 Yale run put the Bulldogs in front, 20-15, as the Panthers had hardly any contributions from their starting lineup.

Four straight points by Newby broke the spell as time ran down in the first half. Then Gholston connected on three-pointers on consecutive possessions, the last of which came with just 14 seconds left to put UWM in front.

Yale's Jalen Gabbidon connected on a three at the buzzer, however, giving Yale the 31-30 lead.

Gholston's 11 points led all scorers in what was an evenly played first half. UWM did commit seven turnovers leading to nine points for Yale, which also grabbed nine of its 20 rebounds on the offensive end.

In addition to playing without Baldwin, Samba Kane — one member of the Panthers' three-headed monster at center — was out with a toe injury.

Key reserve Tafari Simms did return from a groin injury to grab three rebounds in 18 minutes. He hadn't seen the court since UWM's season-opening victory at North Dakota on Nov. 9.