MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 16, 2016) – The Milligan College men’s basketball team made a furious rally to climb back from a 24-point first-half deficit but ultimately fell to Tennessee Wesleyan University 94-86 Wednesday night in the Appalachian Athletic Conference opener.
Freshman Bo Pless led Milligan (2-3, 0-1 AAC) with 19 points off the bench, helping spark the Buffs who had spotted the visiting Bulldogs a 24-point lead through the first nine and a half minutes. Pless was 7-of-14 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers, eight rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Tyler Nichols and Daxton Bostian scored 15 and 13, respectively, with Bostian adding six assists, three rebounds and three steals.
After trailing by 24 midway through the first half, Milligan closed the first half on a 26-14 run to cut the deficit in half. Then after coming out of the second half gates again a little slow, the Buffs again responded with an 18-8 run which cut it to 84-72 with 4:21 left and later an 8-0 run which cut it to 89-84 with 45 seconds left. Nichols came up with a steal under Milligan’s basket then laid it in to cut it to five, the closest Milligan had been to the lead since the opening minutes of the game.
Tennessee Wesleyan, which is receiving votes in the latest NAIA top 25 poll, answered with a basket at the other end before Mike Featherston put it back to a five-point game with 25 seconds left. But that was as close as Milligan would get.
Milligan will be on the road on Saturday, Nov. 19, for an AAC matchup at St. Andrews University before coming back home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, for another AAC game against Truett-McConnell University.