DE KALB, Ill. -- James Haarsma had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds as Wisconsin-Milwaukee repelled Northern Illinois 59-57 on Monday night.
Tim Toler led the Huskies (0-2) with 11 points. Ten players scored for Northern Illinois, which played its home opener.
Ryan Haggerty's 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in the half gave the Panthers their largest lead at 35-21.
But the Huskies clawed back, and Toler put Northern Illinois ahead 40-39 with a jumper with 11:01 to go.
But seven straight points by Kelm made it 46-42 with 9:22 to play.
Neither team shot well. Northern Illinois was 20 of 54 (37 percent) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee 20 of 55 (36.4). The Huskies committed 23 turnovers and the Panthers 15.
Reggie Witherspoon, who spent more than 13 seasons coaching at Buffalo, is returning to the city to coach Canisius College.
North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
Sparkling facilities are one thing, but Tim Miles needs to regain the momentum of Nebraska's 2014 run to the NCAAs if it is to play with the big boys.