LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s basketball team defeated Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Truett-McConnell College (Ga.) 73-65 Monday evening to secure its first win of 2016.
Led by a balanced scoring attack and quality first-half shooting from senior KwaSean McCaskell, the Knights (6-6) were able to keep their composure down the stretch and hang on for the victory to improve to 4-3 in conference play. The win was St. Andrews’ first in school history against the visiting Bears.
McCaskell posted a career-high 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting, and senior forward Jeff Gulley came close to a double-double with 16 points and 9 rebounds to go along with four blocks and three steals. Junior guard Lee Vanderhorst also cracked double-digit scoring with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting (3-for-5 from 3-point range).
The Bears (4-11, 1-5 in the AAC) remained within striking distance thanks to a superb outing from J’Quayveon Williams, who scored 25 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to go along with two blocks.
St. Andrews shot 41.7 percent for the game while holding Truett-McConnell to 35 percent.
SAU returns to the court Wednesday to host Bluefield College (Va.) at 7 p.m.