UW-Green Bay's Keifer Sykes singlehandedly shot down UW-Milwaukee in the teams' first meeting Jan. 12 at the U.S Cellular Arena with a career-high 34 points.

On Saturday afternoon at the Resch Center, it was Jordan Aaron's turn.

The senior guard scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as the Panthers knocked off the Horizon League-leading Phoenix, 73-63.

"Very impressive," coach Rob Jeter said of Aaron's performance. "We've really been on Jordan about staying aggressive and just have things roll off his back. He has to be an aggressive scorer for us."

Steve McWhorter and Kyle Kelm added 10 points apiece for UWM, which shot a scorching 60% (15 for 25) over the final 20 minutes.

The Panthers also did a yeoman's job defensively against a bigger Green Bay squad that dominated on the glass in the first game with 45 rebounds and 23 on the offensive end.

Alec Brown, Green Bay's 7-foot-1 center, was a non-factor and finished with just five points and four rebounds.

Sykes led the Phoenix (19-5, 9-2) with 26 points, including its final nine points, but pulled no punches afterward when addressing his team's effort.

"You could see that they wanted it more," Sykes said. "Their guys were diving on the floor, they were talking. They accepted the challenge coming in. You could tell they were the tougher team. We have to get tougher from top to bottom to win these games."

UWM (16-9, 6-5) led, 39-38, early in the second half when a barrage of three-pointers helped break the game open.

Beginning with one from the left wing by Matt Tiby, the Panthers knocked down threes on four of five possessions and came away with points on all five.

Aaron had 3 threes in the spurt, the last of which he hit with a hand in his face while falling down on the right wing. It gave UWM its biggest lead of the game to that point at 55-43 with 8 minutes 8 seconds remaining.

"It's just comfort," said Aaron. "My teammates did a great job of just getting me open, getting me the ball, and I was able to make a few tough shots.

"I've got to tip my hat to my teammates. They did a great job out there. Our bigs rebounded, our guards ran the offense and we played with one another.

"It was a great team effort."

Aaron was involved in another key play that came on the heels of his three-point explosion when he took an elbow to the face near midcourt from Brown.

The officials checked the replay and determined it was a flagrant foul, giving Aaron two free throws. He knocked both of those down and then a baseline jumper on the ensuing inbound play, extending the Panthers' lead to 59-43.

Boos rained down from the crowd of 6,071, and UWM thrived in the atmosphere as it kept the pressure on. It led by as many a 18 before Green Bay used a late run to pull as close as 64-54 with 2:30 left.

"He's a great scorer," Sykes said of Aaron. "He didn't feel us out there and he just shot a few shots over the top, and that got him going. Any scorer, once he sees the ball go through the net, they get going."