Laurinburg, NC- The St. Andrews men's basketball team faced another tough competitor in conference play Thursday evening as they played host to one of the top teams in the AAC in Milligan College before falling 82-60.
Milligan was led by the team-leading 18 points from guard Mickey Woods along with his 6 assists and 7 rebounds and 17 points from forward Tyler DeVault. The Buffaloes shot an impressive 57% for the game, but SAU was able to gain 13 steals off of 23 Buffalo turnovers.
St. Andrews was led by freshman center Chris Orr's 13 points on 5 for 9 shooting (55%) and 3 blocks while the Knights had a balanced scoring attack the rest of the way as five players managed to score seven or more points. Junior guard Chris Clay also managed to have one of his better games of the season as he had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a very impressive 7 steals. The 7 steals were not only a season high for Clay, but a team high for any Knight this season in one game.
There were also two instances where the knights got the home crowd really into the game and they both occurred in the first half when SAU was hanging with the tough Buffaloes. The first was a monster block by senior forward Demetrius Monroe that knocked Milligan guard Mickey Woods' shot into the front row. The other crowd pleasing time was when sophomore forward Marquie Smith dunked on a breakaway that rattled the hoop and sent the Knights bench into a frenzy.
SAU falls to 0-11 on the season and 0-3 in AAC play while #Milligan (Tenn.) improves to 9-6 and 2-1.
St. Andrews now turns around and makes the long trek to AAC rival Tennessee Wesleyan for a battle with the Bulldogs on Saturday with tip set for 4 pm.