FINLANDIA, Mich. -- The Millikin men's basketball team opened the season with a 79-62 win at Finlandia University Saturday. The victory gave new head coach Mark Scherer his first win directing the Big Blue program.
Millikin took the lead midway through the first half and never relinquished it. The Big Blue led 42-33 at the half and led by as many as 23 points in the second half.
Millikin dominated the boards outrebounding the Lions 48 to 22.
Millikin's defense forced 21 turnovers giving the Big Blue 29 points off turnovers.
The Big Blue shot 43 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. Finlandia shot 49 percent and 31 percent from three-point range.
Junior forward Elijah Henry had an impressive Big Blue debut scoring a team-high 23 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
Junior guard Michael Beaty had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Millikin sophomore forward Jordan Cunningham had 14 points and six rebounds.
DaVante Harrell had nine points and seven rebounds.
Dylan Underwood led the Lions with 18 points.
Millikin will next travel to St. Louis on Tuesday to face Webster University.
Tough second quarter sinks Millikin women
GREENVILLE -- The Millikin women's basketball team lost to Westminster 84-78 at the Greenville Invitational.
Westminster led 19-18 after the first quarter and outscored the Big Blue by 14 in the second quarter building a 43-28 advantage at the half.
Millikin shot 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Westminster hit on 43 percent of its shots. The Bluejays won the rebounding battle 44 to 31.
"We got hurt on the boards tonight and were outrebounded by 13. That's a point of emphasis for the rest of the season," Millikin coach Lori Kerans said. " We couldn't get our rebounding shoes on."
Senior guard Devin Curry led the Big Blue with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Senior Emily Schultz added 18 points and Lauren Moses had 10 points and five rebounds.
Westminster got 18 points from Kendahl Adams and 17 from Mirrakohl Johnson.
Millikin is 1-1 on the season while Westminster improves to 2-0.
The Big Blue will play its home opener on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against MacMurray College.