Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College got an impressive 38 points from freshman guard Timmy Dalton and outscored the visiting Milligan Buffaloes 59-43 in the second half to earn a convincing 98-81 victory last night.
From the tipoff, the visitors jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead before the hosts settled down to tie things at 11. MC then went on a huge 18-5 run over the next seven minutes to double the score (26-13) at the 9:23 mark.
The Eagles then began to chip away at the deficit and methodically get themselves back in contention. When big senior center Jake Allen found the bottom of the hoop on a nice post move, he gave ALC a 39-38 lead heading into intermission.
In the second half, it would be Alice Lloyd’s chance to make a run. Sparked by 10 points from Dalton, and strong play from both Allen and sophomore guard Blake Smith, the hosts outscored the Buffs 22-9 in less than six minutes to spurt ahead 61-47. The Eagles would stretch their lead out to as much as twenty, and were never seriously threatened again.
For the victors (3-0), four players reached double figures. They were led in scoring by Dalton with 38 points (26 coming in the second half). The sweet-shooting guard drained 14-21 field goals (4-7 trifectas) and added 6-8 from the charity line. The rookie also hauled down 15 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Smith followed up with 16 points, 14 coming in the second half, and added 5 boards. Allen added 13 points and had a double-double of his own with 10 rebounds, while adding 2 steals. Senior guard Austin Crisp also reached double figures with 11 points, and added 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
The Buffs (0-3) were led by forward Jacob Cawood with 17 points.
Alice Lloyd shot 45.6% (36-79) from the floor and finished 53.6% (15-28) from behind the arc. They connected on 73.3% (11-15) from the foul line, and also added 50 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 steals.
MC finished shooting 43.1% (31-72) from the floor and 38.7% (12-31) from behind the arc. They shot 58.3% (7-12) from the foul line, and also added 35 rebounds, 15 assists, and 6 steals.
ALC returns to the hardwood on Saturday when they travel to Welch College to face the Flames. Game time is set for 3:00 pm.