The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team made only six of its first 24 shots from the field and seven of its first 14 free throws. Thanks to the Panthers' ice-cold shooting effort in the first half, Wright State coasted to a 73-57 victory at the Nutter Center on Tuesday night.

Opening with a 10-1 spurt, the Raiders (13-9, 5-2 Horizon League) took advantage of the Panthers' inability to put the ball in the hoop and built a 39-21 halftime lead.

Coach Rob Jeter was forced to shuffle the lineup often as Matt Tiby, Malcolm Moore and J.J. Panoske sat much of the first half with two fouls apiece, helping Wright State increase the lead at the free throw line.

"We got some guys in foul trouble. We went deep into our bench in the first half. Clearly our rotations were off," Jeter said. "And we were playing a team defensively that is very disciplined and very sound. That means we can't make a lot of mistakes, and we made way too many mistakes in that first half."

The Panthers shot 58% in the second half and briefly got back in the game by scoring 13 of the first 19 points after halftime. Tiby's layup closed the gap to 43-34 with 14:44 to play.

But Jerran Young scored five points during a quick 7-0 run that gave the Raiders a 50-34 advantage, putting the game out of reach. Jeter's group couldn't draw closer than 10 points the remainder of the contest.

"We played a much better second half," Jeter said. "We got the ball inside. I thought we played a lot more determined, but we can't play 20 minutes of basketball in this league and think we're going to win a lot of games.