DECATUR -- The Millikin men's basketball team rolled to its third straight win Saturday defeating Principia College 89-72 at the Griswold Center.

The victory gives Millikin an 8-4 overall record and the Big Blue finished the non-conference portion of its schedule going 7-2. Principia fell to 3-7 on the season.

The Big Blue led the entire game and went into the halftime locker room leading 46-36.

Millikin's was able to extend their lead as far as 22 points, which came late in the second half.

"I really liked our team's intensity and the energy they brought to the court during this Christmas break," Millikin coach Mark Scherer said. "They're excited to play. I think they feel the momentum building, and I think they're improving every game."

For Scherer, the key to the Big Blue's winning streak is better ball control. 

"I think the difference in our play over the last two games is due largely to the fact that we're doing a much better job taking care of the ball," he said. "We had 10 turnovers tonight against Principia, which is very good, and we limited ourselves to four turnovers versus Aurora earlier in the week. Taking care of the ball better is making us a much better team."

Millikin got a career-high 30 points from Zach Fisher who went 8-12 from three-point range.

"We had special efforts today by Zach Fisher from Monticello with 30 points - he had eight threes - and also DaVante Harrell and Elijah Henry," Scherer said. "Those three guys led us in scoring and also did a great job rebounding the basketball for us. Levi Laws, our point guard, is really maturing into a fine CCIW point guard."

Elijah Henry had a double double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. DaVante Harrell also posted a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds along with six assists.

Harrell's marks were Big Blue career highs for rebounds and assists. Tyler Pygon added nine points for Millikin.

Michal Paulson led Principia with 19 points followed by Parker Davidson with 17 and Trevaughn Goodman with 16.

The Big Blue shot 52 percent from the field and were even hotter behind the 3-point arc, hitting 11-24 (46 percent) from three. 

Principia shot 42 percent and made 9-25 (36 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Big Blue also dominated the glass winning the rebounding battle 47-24.

Millikin returns to College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) play on Wednesday, Jan. when they travel to North Park University in Chicago.


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