Milligan College senior Will Robinson more than doubled his career high with 34 points Monday night in a pivotal Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over the Montreat College Cavaliers. After a postponed 18:46 of play, the Buffs finished the job defeating the Cavs, 87-82.
The Buffs moved to 14-12 overall (12-7 AAC) while the Cavs fell to 18-8 (9-8 AAC). Milligan lost to Montreat earlier in the season in the final seven seconds after a tied game.
After Milligan earned the first nine points of the game (9-0 at 16:28), Robinson's 19 points led the Buffs to an 11 point advantage (42-32) at McAlister Gymnasium until the game was suspended due to moisture on the court from the heavy rain outside.
The Buffs led by as much as 14 points with five minutes remaining. However, after a handful of free throws and a couple of 3-pointers by the Cavs, Montreat was capable of coming within two and three points, the closest they had been since the first two minutes of the game on Saturday.
With 22 seconds remaining and a 2-point game, Daxton Bostian was sent to the line to extend the lead to three points. Nevertheless, Montreat's Terrell Sheffey went up for a 3-pointer but missed. Aaron Levarity was then fouled on the defensive rebound enabling him to secure the win with two free throws. (87-82).
Four Buffs made it into the double-digit scoring column. Following Robinson was Aaron Levarity with his 10th straight and 20th total double-double scoring 19 points while adding 15 rebounds. Fellow junior Will Buckner computed 12 points while sophomore Mike Featherston totaled 10 points and seven rebounds. Bostian led with six assists.
Montreat also had five that scored double-digits. Sheffey led with 24 points while Alonzo Mobley earned 14. Jeron Hemphill recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Buffs will play their final regular season game on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Steve Lacy Fieldhouse against St. Andrews University at 4 p.m. The first round of the AAC tournament will begin Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.