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Milligan takes measure of Point

Tanner Cook • Feb 3, 2018 at 8:10 PM

When it rains, it pours.

The Milligan College men’s basketball team made it rain 3-pointers on Saturday afternoon at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, netting 13 of them. Point got soaked as Milligan pounded the Skyhawks, 95-49.

David Casaday had 24 points — on eight 3-pointers — and Aaron Levarity notched his 17th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Mike Featherston record a double-double as well, but with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Desean Green added five assists and every player that stepped on the floor for the Buffs scored.

“It just seemed that everything was going our way,” Milligan head coach Bill Robinson said. “The defense played really well and we had 63 rebounds, which is incredible. When David starts shooting, it just opens up everything inside for Aaron.”

Said Casaday: “The basket didn’t seem huge at first. We came in before the game and shot. It’s just a lot of repetition.”

The Buffs have now won four of their last five games and sit at 11-12 with an Appalachian Athletic Conference record of 9-7.

The game was not even close as Milligan scored 16 of the game’s first 18 points. Behind a half-dozen treys from Casaday, the Buffs led 50-19 at the half.

The Buffs’ starters were pulled early in the second half, once the advantage escalated to 40 points.

“We just moved the ball around and played a complete game,” Levarity said.

The Skyhawks, who got 12 points from Tyonn Stuckey and 10 out of Hakeem Winters, shot just 23 percent from the field and 11 percent from 3-point land (4-34).

The Buffs shot 52 percent from the field and 54 percent from behind the arc.

“Our formula doesn’t change preparing for Bluefield on Monday,” Robinson said. “We need to get some rest and enjoy the Super Bowl. We’ll come back on Monday and just be ready to play.”

WOMEN

Milligan 63, Point 56

The Lady Buffs came into Saturday afternoon’s contest hungry for an upset of the Skyhawks.

They satisfied their appetite with a seven-point win.

Milligan (14-11, 10-9) was in control from nearly the outset, trailing only once in the game.

Emily Kiser made two crucial 3-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter to push a three-point lead to nine points for the Lady Buffs. It was the fourth win in five games for Milligan, which has hit a hot stretch at the right time of the season.

Mackenzie Raizor had 14 points — all in the first half — to lead the Buffs while Kiser contributed 12. Eight other Milligan players scored in the game.

“On the second shot, I could hear Coach Aubrey and the bench say ‘Shoot it!’ ” Kiser said. “I really didn’t have a game plan for that. I think the key to us playing well has been us coming together as a team. During Christmas time, we started working really hard in practice and focusing more on defense.”

After trailing by as much as 18 points in the third quarter, Point (17-8, 14-6) came back with a vengeance to cut Milligan’s lead to seven points with 1:15 left in the penultimate period.

The deficit was down to five heading into the final quarter, so what looked like a runaway for the Buffs was suddenly something different.

“I felt like playing man-to-man against them was the right defense,” Milligan head coach Rich Aubrey said. “I felt like it was just a matter of working our rotation back around to the matchups we wanted.

“When we went cold, it was a combination of missed shots and turnovers. I told them in the timeout that we made shots to get the lead, so we have to make shots to keep it. I told them not to be afraid to shoot it.”

Point had four players in double figures and was led by Candace Rhodes with 14.

The Buffs and Lady Buffs will host Bluefield on Tuesday in a doubleheader. The women will get things started at 5:30 p.m.

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