MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 3, 2016) – The Milligan College men’s basketball team hosted the Alice Lloyd College Eagles on Thursday night in the team’s home opener. Behind a double-double from Will Buckner, the Buffaloes went on to win 75-60 and never trailed in the game.
Milligan (1-1, 0-0 AAC) took control of the game from the start. After struggling offensively in their season opener and exhibition game, the Buffaloes took a commanding 24-9 lead over the first 10 minutes of the game.
After the slow start, the Eagles chipped away at the Buffalo lead, cut it down to three and forced Milligan to call timeout and regroup. Immediately out of the timeout, Tyler Nichols hit a three to get the Buffaloes back on track. On the ensuing Alice Lloyd possession, Nichols took a charge and restored Milligan’s momentum. The Buffaloes led 37-31 at the half.
The Buffaloes picked up where they left off at the start of the second half. After shooting 39.4% in the first half, Milligan shot a blistering 50% and never let the Eagles back in the game.
Freshman guard Daxton Bostian gave the Buffaloes quality minutes off the bench, scoring 10 points, and accumulating two steals and two assists. Forward Jacob Cawood scored 12 points for the Buffaloes and had six rebounds, including two on the offensive side. Buckner led the way for Milligan, scoring a team high 18 points and racking up a game high 13 rebounds.
In the season opener and the exhibition game, the Buffaloes failed to reach 60 points, but tonight, the offense came much easier. “We were able to get the ball in the spots we wanted,” Head Coach Bill Robinson said when asked about tonight’s offensive performance. “We got the ball inside to Buck (Will Buckner) and made some shots. We’re still not shooting great from the perimeter but the fact we were able to make some shots tonight was a big positive for us.”
Four total Buffaloes reached double figures and as a team shot 44.9% on the night.
“We needed something positive to happen tonight,” Robinson said. “For us to come out tonight, play well and get something positive is really big. I’m really excited where we’re at now.”
The Buffaloes return to action next week for two road games at Johnson University and Warren Wilson College. Milligan’s next home game is Nov. 16 against Tennessee Wesleyan University in the team’s Appalachian Athletic Conference opener.