24-point comeback sends men’s team to Horizon semis; women win big and advance

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.

DeAndre Gholston scored a career-high 31 points to lead the UWM men’s basketball team over Wright State on Tuesday. (Joe Craven/Milwaukee Athletics)

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.

UWM’s women’s basketball team huddle and cheer on Tuesday, when the team beat Youngstown State 77-68. (Tom Barrett/Milwaukee Athletics)

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.

Full coverage of the men’s game and women’s game are available on the Milwaukee Athletics webpages.

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