The Millersville men’s basketball team took on Cheyney Monday night in what was an absolute dominating win for the Marauders. With a 35-point differential, the Marauders easily cruised to an 85-50 victory.
Millersville outplayed Cheyney in all facets of the game. The Marauders shot at a .452 clip compared to Cheyney’s 3.13 percentage. Millersville made almost 80% of their free throws while Cheyney was much less successful hitting just 30% from the charity stripe.
Right from the start Millersville was taking care of business. They installed their dominance early but putting up 48 points alone in the first half. Adding 37 more points in the second half they rolled right over Cheyney.
Four Marauders managed to score double-digit points which led to the overall dominance of the Millersville offense. Jaden Faulkner scored the most points for Millersville dropping 18. He also added six made free throws and shot 60% from the field while giving his team 26 minutes of solid play on the court.
James Sullivan dropped 11 points on two threes and three field goals made. To add to Faulkner’s 26 minutes, Sullivan tallied 28 minutes of his own making the duo a dangerous combination.
Millersville broke away from Cheyney in the final six minutes of the first half. The Marauders were up 30-20 when they took completely control going on a 18-2 run sinking six shots on three steals. It was all over from there as Millersville was in the driver’s seat with their foot to the floor and never let up on the gas.
In fact, after suffering a small hiccup in their first game against Fairmont State on Nov. 8th, the Marauders have had their foot to the floor. Since the loss to Fairmont State, the Marauders have won three consecutive games and have scored at least 80 points in those three games.
Millersville has been effective on the glass through this stretch. They have totaled 40 plus rebounds in all of their four games this season. A feat that has not been done in the “Statcrew Era” which began in the 2002-03 season.
The Marauders have played great basketball to start the season on both offense and defense. While on defense the Marauders were able to cause 14 turnovers and 12 steals which then leads to smoother offensive play.
It’s clear that Millersville is meshing as a team and head coach Casey Stitzel is doing a great job to make sure his team is prepared every time they take the court.
The Marauders will look to continue their hot start as they will head across the state to take on Mercyhurst and Gannon in Erie, PA. on Saturday Nov. 23rd and Sunday Nov. 24th. The season is still young, but the Marauders are set up to do extraordinary things this year on the court.