LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Men’s basketball team dropped their third straight conference game on Thursday evening as they fell 89-50 to the Milligan College Buffaloes at Harris Court.
The game was very close at halftime as the Knights only trailed by four at the intermission. However, Milligan would shoot lights out in the second half and the Knights offense went completely cold, causing a mismatch as Milligan would roll to a 58-23 second half advantage.
Milligan (6-1, 1-1) shot an impressive 73 percent in the second half (19-for-26) and 63 percent (31-for-49) for the game whereas the Knights managed just 22 percent in the second half and 32 percent for the game. SAU did keep up with the Buffaloes by shooting 45 percent in the first half but they just could not get their shots to fall as the game wore on. Milligan had a balanced scoring attack as four players were in double-figures and 12 different players scored. They were led by Cartree Pettis’ 12 points and five assists and Kurt Brooks’ all-around game of eight points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Knights were led by leading scorer, junior guard Aaron Smith and his 13 points and three steals and fellow guard Jamal Watson’s 10 points. SAU had eight different players score including two three-pointers by freshman guard Titus Gary and eight points and seven rebounds from junior forward Marko Zjacic.
SAU (1-4, 0-3) will stay at home to host Reinhardt University (3-4, 0-1) today at 2 p.m.
The SAU women’s basketball team dropped their second straight conference game to No. 19 Milligan College 83-56 on Thursday evening as well.
Milligan (4-2, 1-1) came out on fire, shooting consistently well and playing quality defense on the Knights, forcing them to take bad shots and miss open ones. Milligan shot 50 percent in the first half and 46 percent for the game while the Lady Knights could only manage 25 percent in the first half and 31 percent for the game.
Milligan was led by Hayley Wyrick’s 21 points and nine rebounds and Allison Jones’ 13 points and three steals.
SAU was led by senior forward Kimayah Fulcher’s team-leading 14 points and seven rebounds and freshman guard Kayla Johnson’s 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Sophomore guard Mercedes Smith led with five assists while picking up two steals as well. However, the Knights had trouble making up for an off night from power forward Natia Gasque who could only manage six points and five rebounds as she was double-covered most of the night and was forced to take tough shots.
The Knights, now 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the league, will come back to host conference foe Reinhardt University today at noon.