DECATUR, Ill. – The Earlham College men's basketball team led 13-10 midway through the first half, but the Millikin Big Blue locked down on defense and outscored the Quakers 22-3 in the first 12:35 en route to a 65-42 win on Wednesday.
Earlham led by as many as six when senior Taylen Alexander connected on a three-pointer to give the Quakers an 11-5 edge with 14:51 to play in the first half. TJ Griffin would answer for the Big Blue as Millikin took a 14-13 lead three minutes later.
Then came the Millikin run that Earlham could not recover from.
Alexander led Earlham with 14 points while freshman Cole Bene notched his first career double-figure scoring night with 10 points. The Allen, Texas, native also chipped in three blocks and three rebounds.
Tommy Pilackas and Griffin led Millikin with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Millikin shot 41 (22-54) percent for the game while Earlham shot 30 (16-53) percent from the field.
Earlham dips to 0-3 on the season and returns to action on Dec. 5 for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener at Anderson. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.