LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s basketball team saw its two-game win streak come to an end Saturday at the hands of Milligan College (Tenn.).
The Buffaloes downed the Knights 77-70 after jumping out to an eight-point halftime lead and holding on down the stretch to secure the victory.
St. Andrews (8-9, 4-6 in the AAC) won the turnover battle, but shot just 34 percent from the field and only connected on 24 percent of their 3-point attempts.
Four Knights cracked double digits, and they were led by Quentin Duncan’s season-high 17 points and seven rebounds. KwaSean McCaskell posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lee Vanderhorst chipped in 12 points and three rebounds. Titus Gary rounded out St. Andrews’ top scorers with 11 points, but the junior was just 4-for-17 from the field while shooting 3-for-11 from behind the 3-point line.
Milligan (11-6, 7-4 in the AAC) was paced by Kurt Brooks’ 20 points, and Gabriel Logan tacked on 19 points. The Buffaloes shot 46 percent for the game and drilled eight 3-pointers at a 50 percent clip.
St. Andrews is set to hit the road for its next contest Wednesday when it travels to play Montreat at 7 p.m.
Lady Knights remain winless in conference play
LAURINBURG — The Appalachian Athletic Conference’s top women’s basketball program, Milligan (Tenn.), traveled to Scotland County Saturday to play St. Andrews in a matchup that had all the makings of a blowout.
The Knights (2-16, 0-12 in the AAC) had yet to win a conference game, but they gave the visiting Buffaloes (16-4, 10-1 in the AAC) all they could handle.
In the end, though, it was the favorites that emerged with the victory.
Milligan defeated St. Andrews 61-53 to strengthen its hold on the conference lead while keeping the Knights winless in AAC play.
Allison Jones paced the Buffaloes with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Sarah Robinson added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
St. Andrews, which held Milligan to 37 percent shooting in the loss, was unable to take advantage of its stellar defensive effort. The Knights only connected on 30 percent of their field goal attempts and committed 13 turnovers.
Alexis Redd led the Knights with 11 points and six rebounds, and Alana Artis notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
St. Andrews will look to end its 15-game losing streak when it visits Montreat Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.