Hot-Shooting Roanoke Halts Guilford Men's Basketball Win Streak at Six

Kyler Gregory '20 (left), Marcus Curry '19 (right) (Andy Gore photo)
Kyler Gregory '20 (left), Marcus Curry '19 (right) (Andy Gore photo)

SALEM, Va. – Joe Mikalauskas scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half of Roanoke College's 76-59 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball win over visiting Guilford College Wednesday night.

Mikalauskas made 5-of-6 second-half 3-pointers to help the Maroons (16-7, 9-5 ODAC) sweep the season series from Guilford (16-6, 10-3 ODAC) and snap its six-game winning streak. Earlier Wednesday, Guilford learned it was ranked fourth in the season's first NCAA Division III South Region Poll.

Guilford took a 31-30 halftime lead after a see-saw opening period, but Roanoke outscored the Quakers, 24-5, over the second-half's first-seven minutes. The Maroons drained five of their 13 3-pointers during the run, which featured eight points apiece by Mikalauskas and C.J. Miles (14 points). The outburst gave Roanoke an insurmountable 54-36 lead with 12:50 left in regulation.

Once Guilford stopped the run and made a few shots, Mikalauskas answered at the other end with a timely three. A Marcus Curry trifecta with 2:08 left to play got Guilford to within 69-59, but the Maroons sealed the win with 7-for-8 free-throw shooting in the final two minutes.

Guilford entered the game ranked fourth among NCAA Division III field-goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field-goal percentage defense (.281) leaders. The Maroons made 26-of-51 (51%) shots from the floor and 13-of-26 (50%) 3-pointers, the first time this year an opponent shot 50 percent or better in either category against the Quakers.

Roanoke's Caleb Jordan made 2-of-3 3-pointers and added 17 points. Reigning ODAC Player of the Year Josh Freund compiled his league-leading 12th double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-best 15 rebounds.

Kyler Gregory's 18 points paced Guilford's offense. Curry finished with 13 points and a club-best nine rebounds. The Quakers' Carson Long chipped in 10 points and Jaylen Gore had six points, four assists, and two steals.

Coach Tom Palombo's club visits league-rival Bridgewater College Saturday at 2:00 p.m.