Milligan basketball splits with Reinhardt at the Lacy fieldhouse

Milligan College baseball grinds out victory in AAC opening round (Image 1)
Milligan College baseball grinds out victory in AAC opening round (Image 1)

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 30, 2016) – Five Buffaloes reached double figures in scoring as the No. 23 Milligan College women’s basketball team closed out the month of November with an Appalachian Athletic Conference win over Reinhardt University, 76-66, Wednesday night inside Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.

Senior Hayley Wyrick and sophomore Sarah Robinson led Milligan (7-3, 4-0 AAC) with 14 points apiece while Lindsee Price, Mackenzie Raizor and Morgan Gose finished with 13. Raizor neared the double-double mark with nine rebounds while Price was close to the triple-double mark with eight assists and six rebounds.

Wyrick was on the way to a 40-point game with 10 first-quarter points as the Buffs jumped out to a hot start. They led 26-19 through the first 10 minutes after making eight of their first nine shots to open the game. Wyrick had a pair of 3-pointers during that stretch, and Price, Kelly Barnett and Robinson added triples of their own as five of the first eight made baskets came from the perimeter.

Milligan led the entire way, allowing Reinhardt (7-1, 3-1 AAC) to trim it to one only once in the second quarter and keeping a lead of at least eight throughout the second half. In fact, after Milligan opened up a 41-33 lead at the halftime break, the Buffs extended their lead to as many as 20 in the second half.

Milligan shot 38.1 percent from the field while holding Reinhardt to 32.9 percent. From three, the Buffs were 28.2 while the visiting Eagles were 21.1 percent.

Reinhardt, which entered the night with a share of the lead in the AAC along with Milligan and Union, was led by Rebecca Cheeks’ 19 points and eight rebounds. Bria White scored 16 points and added 13 rebounds for Reinhardt.

Milligan, now the only unbeaten team in the AAC, will look to continue its perfect start on the road on Saturday, Dec. 3, in an AAC matchup against Montreat College in nearby Montreat, North Carolina. The Buffs are back home on Thursday, Dec. 8, versus Bluefield College in the final home game of 2016.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 30, 2016) – Milligan College’s men’s basketball team hosted Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Reinhardt University on Wednesday night. The Buffaloes’ first half struggles continued and resulted in the team’s third straight loss by a score of 89-66.

Milligan (4-6, 2-2 AAC) raced out to a 7-1 lead to open the game. A three pointer from David Casaday and a pair of two pointers from Will Buckner and Daxton Bostian got the offense going early and created early separation. However, the Eagles responded with a 13-0 run and quickly erased the Buffaloes’ only lead of the game.

Reinhardt, through a series of runs, built on its lead and secured a 50-31 lead at the half.

At the 17:22 mark in the second half, the Eagles created its largest lead of the game and led by 22. Behind several field goals from Bostian and a three pointer from Tyler Faulkenberry, the Buffaloes brought the deficit down to 12 and trailed 58-46.

A series of physical plays from Mike Featherston that created three point play opportunities kept the Buffaloes in striking distance, but the Eagles pulled away down the stretch.

Sophomore Ike Ndulue gave the Buffaloes some much needed physicality off the bench. The Nigeria-native led all players with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive side.

“Ike does such a great job being active on the glass,” Head Coach Bill Robinson said of Ndulue. “If he can finish and do some little things around the rim, he’ll definitely increase his time.”

Two Buffaloes reached double figures in the point column. Casaday and Featherston finished with 14 and 12 points respectively.

“Mike is super competitive and hates to lose,” Robinson said of Featherston. “We need his energy, his length, and his defensive ability especially. He’s been playing really well and his minutes will continue to go up.”

The Buffaloes continue conference play on Saturday against Montreat College and return home for their last home game of the 2016 calendar year next Thursday against Bluefield College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m

BY MILLIGAN

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