WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Behind a school-record scoring outburst, the William & Mary men's basketball team rolled to a 126-69 win over Milligan on Sunday afternoon at Kaplan Arena. The Tribe (7-3) shot a season-high 65.2 percent (43-of-66), including 16-of-31 from 3-point range (51.6 percent), and placed 11 players in the scoring column, including six in double figures. The victory was also notable in that it marked head coach Tony Shaver's 200th at W&M.
The Tribe opened up an early double-digit advantage thanks to a 10-0 run just three and a half minutes into the contest. Sophomore Nathan Knight, who led W&M with 21 points, scored seven of the Green and Gold's 10 points during the spurt, including a bucket at the 16:29 mark to give the home team a 14-4 advantage.
W&M extend the margin about 20 points with a 19-4 run. Sophomore Matt Milon scored eight of the Tribes' first 10 points during the run, before the Green and Gold scored eight in a row to end the run, including five from junior Paul Rowley. A Justin Pierce free throw at the midway point of the opening half pushed the lead to 35-12.
The Tribe hit is first eight shots of the second half as part of a 23-4 run to build a 40-point cushion. Pierce, who finished with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, scored 11 of the Tribe's 23 points, including nine of the first 14. W&M tallied 10 in a row to push the lead to 72-40 on a Pierce lay-up. The Green and Gold followed with nine straight, and a Luke Loewe tip-in at the 13:03 mark bumped the advantage to 81-41.
Loewe knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:59 remaining to tie the old school record for scoring (116) set in 1995 against George Mason. Senior walk-on Tommy Papastopped the mark just 20 second later on a jumper in the lane. The 126 points are the eighth most in the NCAA this season.
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