Panthers flying high as they head into Horizon tourney

UWM’s men’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a rousing, come-from-behind 81-72 victory over Cleveland State on Saturday at the UWM Panther Arena, securing its eighth 20-win season in Division I history and clinching the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League tournament.

Milwaukee, picked in preseason polls to finish ninth the Horizon League, will host No. 7 seed Wright State at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Klotsche Center in the quarterfinals of the Horizon tournament. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. The winner advances to the semifinals in Indianapolis.

Under first-year coach Bart Lundy, UWM staged a stunning turnaround with its best regular season record since 2010-11, going 20-10 on the season just a year after posting a 10-22 record.