MILWAUKEE — Bryndan Matthews scored 20 points, Cody Carlson had a perfect night shooting and Division II Concordia-St. Paul used a scorching first half to stun Milwaukee 69-55 on Friday night.
Carlson finished with 18 points, making all seven of his shots with four 3-pointers for the Golden Bears (2-2). The Panthers (2-1) were coming off a 74-56 win over Iowa State.
The Golden Bears shocked Milwaukee with a 21-3 run to close the first half, including the last 14 points, to take a 47-25 lead. Carlson and Matthews had a pair of 3-pointers and eight points and Brandon McRoy had two free throws before hitting a 3 with two seconds left.
"Concordia was really good tonight and we weren't," Panthers coach Pat Baldwin said.
The scheduled tipoff, part of the Black & Gold Classic at UW-M Panther Arena, was delayed twice. First, becuase the previous contest between Elon and Florida International went into triple overtime, then again when water began to leak from the arena's roof.
When play finally got underway, the Bears finished 9 of 14 behind the arc (64 percent) and made 18 of 26 overall (69 percent), including seven in a row and 10 of their last 11. Matthews hit 7 of 8 shots and Carlson was 5 for 5, four from distance. The Panthers shot 28 percent (9 of 32), going 2 of 18 behind the arc, and missed their last seven shots.
"I don't think that contributed to our performance," Baldwin said of the delays. "If it did, then I need to correct it. I just think Concordia was ready to play. It didn't bother them."
The Golden Bears shot just 41 percent in the second half, going 1 of 6 behind the arc, and were 3 of 9 from the foul line but the Panthers hit just 3 of 15 3s (finishing 5 of 33) to shoot 31 percent.
Officially, the game goes down in the record books as an exhibition for Concordia-St. Paul but it counts as an official loss - and a major hit to the RPI - for the Panthers.
"I won't wash this away," Baldwin said. "I'll have this in my gut, and I hope our players don't forget about this."
August Haas had 13 points and Brock Stall added 12 for the Panthers.