The Milwaukee Panthers, picked to finish last in the Horizon League pre-season poll, are the last team standing as Horizon League tournament champions, beating Wright State at the Nutter Center in Dayton Tuesday night 69-63. The Panthers raced out to a 21-7 lead and never let the host Raiders take it back. Kyle Kelm led the way with 20 points, Jordan Aaron, named the Tournament MVP finished with 18. The 5th seeded Panthers opened the tourney with a home floor win and proceeded to beat the defending conference champion Valparaiso Crusaders in the quarterfinals and then took down the regular season champion Green Bay Phoenix at the Resch Center in the semifinals Saturday night 73-66 in overtime and finished the tournament run with another strong showing on the road against Wright State, denied in the title game for the second straight year. Milwaukee earns the Horizon's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, their first apperance in the dance since 2006.
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