Milwaukee Panthers beat Illinois-Chicago 68-55

MILWAUKEE -- James Haarsma scored 18 points and Ryan Allen 17 to lead the Milwaukee Panthers to a 68-55 win over Illinois-Chicago in the opening round of the Horizon League tournament on Tuesday night.

The game wasn't as close as the final score indicates. The hosts led 34-6 against the ice cold Flames.  Coach Rob Jeter's team improved to 20-12 en route to their fifth straight win.

Milwaukee faces Butler in a second-round game on Friday.