Cobras clip Buffaloes in overtime

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com

   The Milligan College Buffaloes did everything they could to win, in regulation.
   But in a crucial overtime period against the Virginia Intermont Cobras, Milligan had a tough time after a Myron Rodgers trey and couldn't come back, falling 84-77 at Lacy Fieldhouse.
   Both teams had five players in double-digits during the high scoring affair.
   "VI did some good things and we got in foul trouble," said Milligan coach Tony Wallingford. "Foul trouble got away from us there and I think we got tentitive."
   "We fought to hang in there. Then it became a five minute game in overtime," he said. "They were the aggressor and we did not get it done. You learn from every expirience. VI did some great things when they had to."
   Milligan led for the majority of the game, with Virginia Intermont coming as close as four in the first half.
   In the second half, the Buffaloes led by as much as 17 before Intermont went on a big run behind Rodgers and four treys, taking a lead with 2:45 left in the game.
   After a swap-session, Intermont held a three point lead with 12 seconds remaining, when Eric Coggins hit a big trey with 4.4 ticks remaining to tie it for Milligan.
   In overtime, the Buffaloes took the initiative with a Jonathon Harris bucket; however, Rodgers nailed a trey and Intermont never looked back.
   "We were extremely pleased to be ahead of a good team like that at the half," said Wallingford. "It was a hard-fought game and we didn't get it done in a few stretches there."
   Coggins hit three treys in the first half, while Elizabethton's Michael Morrell was all over the floor with four big buckets to lead Milligan on top early.
   Virginia Intermont had a solid stanza from Jeremy Boykins, who tallied 13 of his game-high 20 points, and Chris Wise to stay within reach.
   Craig Emmert and Scott Ferguson added buckets for the Buffaloes, while Tyrone Sanders contribued six of his 15.
   The second half was the Rodgers and Harris show.
   Harris scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half for the Buffs to lead them on their big run before Rodgers got fired up behind the arch with 14 of his 17.
   Harris battled with inside buckets and a technical to the Virginia Intermont bench tried to keep the Buffaloes on top.
   Bradley Blair and Hairston helped the Buffaloes keep Rodgers away with buckets, but it wasn't enough to overcome the guard, as he slowly chipped away at the Milligan lead before taking Intermont's first lead late.
   Sanders and Bryan Simon also contributed buckets for Intermont down the stretch before the crucial Coggins trey with time winding down saved things for the Buffaloes.
   The Milligan fans held their breath when Rodgers got a crack at a final shot, but he was blocked by a diving Hairston to force the additional period.
   "I think that VI came out and took it to us. They were the aggressors when we should've been aggressive," said Coggins, who wound out with 12 points.
   "Coach told us to keep our heads up. We're going to come right back at it Monday at practice. We're strong and we're going to take it one game at a time."
   Sanders, Simon and Wise finished with 14, 12 and 10 respectively for the Cobras, while Blair and Emmert finished with 10 and 11 for the Buffs.