BEAUMONT, Texas (Dec. 19, 2014) – Senior Mickey Woods led the Milligan College men’s basketball team in the final game of the Buffaloes trip to his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, but a slow start and cold shooting were the difference in an 80-53 loss to NCAA Division I Lamar University Friday night in an exhibition game at the Montagne Center.
Milligan’s record remained 10-4 (5-1 AAC). Lamar improved to 4-6 overall.
Woods scored 12 points, the first of which came on a free throw that put Milligan on the scoreboard at the 15:43 mark as the Buffaloes spotted the Cardinals the game’s first 11 points. After playing an even ballgame over the next 13 minutes, Lamar then used a 14-2 run, including 14 straight points, over the final 2:49 of the first half to open the lead up to 48-24 at the break.
Milligan struggled to find a rhythm from the floor, missing its first eight shots and not converting a 3-pointer until their 17th try. It came from Mike Woods Jr. with less than 11 minutes left in the second half. Milligan finished 2-of-23 (8.7%) from downtown and 21-of-60 (35.0%) from the field.
Defensively, Milligan started to click in the second half, limiting a Cardinal offense that had a record-setting win its last time out to only eight made baskets and 32 points in the second half.
Lamar’s record-setting night last Monday came against Champion Baptist in a 128-54 rout. That win marked the Cardinals’ sixth-most points scored in a game and second-largest margin of victory in school history. Friday night against Milligan, the Cardinals were led by Donovan Ross who scored 21 points and added six rebounds. Tyran de Lattibeaudiere scored 14 points with 14 rebounds.
Senior Morgan McLeod scored 10 points with five rebounds while Julian Bailey scored eight points with seven rebounds. Nine Buffs entered into the scoring.
Milligan returns to conference action after the Christmas and New Year’s break, traveling first to Reinhardt University on Saturday, Jan. 3 before coming home for Bluefield College on Saturday, Jan. 10. Both dates will feature a doubleheader with the women. Games are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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