Valparaiso edges out Wisconsin Milwaukee 55-54

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP)—Brandon McPherson intercepted a pass and made a fastbreak layup in the final seconds on Thursday night to hoist Valparaiso to a 55-54 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The lead changed hands five times in the final 2 1/2 minutes, despite the Crusaders (6-8, 1-1 Horizon) leading for most of the second half.

The winning shot came less than 20 seconds after UMW’s Ja’Rob McCallum sank a 3-pointer that put the Panthers (8-6, 1-2) up by one.

McCallum, who came in off the bench, made six of 13 from long distance and finished with a team-high 20 points.

Brandon Wood led the Crusaders with 22 points, while Matt Kenney scored 10.

McPherson’s shot came when he picked off a long inbound pass by UMW’s James Eayrs and made the break from just inside the half-court line.

It was two of just three points he had in 21 minutes of play.

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Ja'Rob McCallum Ja'Rob McCallum
7-15,  20 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists
Brandon Wood Brandon Wood
6-15,  22 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists

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