UWM’s men’s basketball team staged a furious comeback to erase at 24-point deficit over the last 6:26 of regulation time to defeat No. 2 seed Wright State 94-92 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament Tuesday night. The comeback was just the sixth time in NCAA Division I history that a team came back from at least 18 points down in the final five minutes to win.
Meanwhile, McKaela Schmelzer scored a career-high 24 points to lead the UWM women’s basketball team to a 77-68 victory over Youngstown State in the quarterfinals of their Horizon League tournament Tuesday.
The victories send both UWM teams to semifinal games in Indianapolis next week with a chance to grab berths in the NCAA Tournament. Winners of the Horizon League conference tournament finals next Tuesday earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.
The eighth-seeded men’s team will play No. 1 seed Cleveland State at 5:30 p.m. Monday, broadcast on ESPNU. The teams split the regular season series, with UWM winning 81-80 in overtime Jan. 23.
The No. 2 seed women’s team will play fifth-seeded IUPUI at 1 p.m. Monday on ESPN+. UWM swept IUPUI in a pair of regular season games, the second one a 85-83 victory in double overtime.