New Haven’s Beachem Drops 19 In Win Over Milwaukee

Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem (3) passes the ball over Milwaukee’s Akeem Springs (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) –  Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and V.J. Beachem tied a career high with 19 while adding a career-best eight rebounds in No. 18 Notre Dame’s 86-78 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
The Irish (2-0), who moved up one spot in the poll this week, had all five starters score in double figures, including Zach Auguste, who hit 7 of 8 from the field and scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.
Akeem Springs matched his career high with 21 points for Milwaukee, and Matt Tiby added 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Panthers (3-1) saw their seven-game winning streak, which dated back to Feb. 19 of last season, come to an end, marking their longest winning streak since 2011.
The Irish opened up a 20-point lead with just over 12 minutes to play by hitting 10 of their first 11 second half shots. Milwaukee shot 14-for-21 from 3-point range, including 8-for-12 in the second half to get the final margin into single digits.
The 6-foot-1 Jackson had the highlight of the game when he drove the baseline and dunked over 6-foot-10 J.J. Panoske. Jackson added the free throw to complete the 3-point play and push Notre Dame’s lead to 17 points.
Beachem turned in his own highlight play with a steal and two-handed fastbreak dunk, two minutes into the second half that pushed Notre Dame’s lead to 12 points.
Milwaukee hit 6 of its first 9 tries from 3-point range and took a six-point lead with 6:13 left in the first half on an Arians 3-pointer, but went the next 5:14 without a point.
The Irish took advantage by scoring 13 straight, and went up 37-29 on Steve Vasturia’s three-point play with 1:19 left before the half. Notre Dame’s defense forced four Panthers turnovers during the run, and held them to 0-for-4 shooting.
Notre Dame: The only other meeting between the Irish and Wisconsin-Milwaukee was in 2003, when they hung on for a 70-69 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Torin Francis had the game-winning tip-in with 32.8 seconds left, and Dylan Page’s layup for the Panthers rolled off the rim at the buzzer.
Milwaukee: This game marked the middle of a run of eight games in the first 13 days of the season. The Panthers won three games over the weekend to claim the Cable Car Classic title at Santa Clara.
Notre Dame faces UMass-Lowell at home on Saturday.
Milwaukee hosts Trinity International on Friday.

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