MILWAUKEE -- Bryce Nze had a season-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds as Milwaukee posted its first three-game win streak this season by thumping Cleveland State 70-47 on Saturday afternoon.
Milwaukee took a 28-16 advantage into the break, limiting the Vikings to just four points in the final 11 minutes of the first half. It was more of the same in the second period as Nze opened with a 3-pointer and followed with a layup on the way to a 55-38 lead with 6:19 remaining. The Panther defense rose up again, allowing Cleveland State just three points in a seven-minute stretch late in the game.
The Vikings were 17 of 50 (34 percent) from the floor. Milwaukee shot 48 percent (26-54).
Kenny Carpenter had 15 points to lead Cleveland State (5-18, 2-8).
Texas guard Andrew Jones, who had been regaining his strength after returning to practice following treatment for leukemia, suffered a fracture toe during practice.
Transfer Mustapha Heron, who averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Auburn last season, received a waiver to play immediately for St. John's.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about how good his team could be defensively and the impact of Reid Travis this season.