Milligan College men’s basketball falls at Bryan despite Casaday’s big night

DAYTON, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2016) – Sophomore David Casaday scored a career-high 24 points but the Milligan College men’s basketball team fell to Bryan College on the road, 96-89, Wednesday night.

The loss dropped Milligan to 15-10 (10-8 AAC) where the Buffs are fourth place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, half a game behind Reinhardt. Bryan improved to 14-13 (8-9 AAC) and holds fifth in the league.

Casaday’s 24 points came on a career-best eight 3-point makes which he did on 13 attempts. Three of his triples came in the final five and a half minutes of the game as Milligan battled back from a deficit of as many as 11 with under six minutes to go. In fact, Casaday was part of the effort that saw Milligan trim the lead to five with under two minutes left, but the Buffs would get no closer.

Bryan closed the game making its last 14 free throws, including eight in the final minute.

Kurt Brooks led the Buffs in scoring with 25 points while adding four rebounds and four assists. Julian Bailey and Will Buckner added 18 and 12, respectively.

Milligan led for much of the first half, going up by as many as five in the first 20 minutes. With a five-point lead at the break, Brooks knocked down one of his five 3-pointers to open the second half as Milligan went on to lead by eight early in the second half.

It was then an 8-0 Bryan run which tied the game at 49-49, and later a 10-0 run which saw the Lions go on top 68-59, the largest lead of the game for either team just outside of 10 minutes.

For Bryan, Brandon Cole led the way with 34 points and nine rebounds. Robert Troino made three of four attempts from 3-point range and finished with 23.

With conference play finished this season, Milligan will wrap up its 2015-16 regular-season campaign with a matchup against Warren Wilson College on Saturday, Feb. 20. The conference tournament is set for next week beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24.



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