Miller’s scoring helps Falcons to respectable tournament finish

Sean Shapiro and Sean Shapiro

CLEVELAND – On a night when BG dominated on all fronts, it was senior Nate Miller who shined brightest scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in BG’s Thursday night 74-61 win over Ohio. ‘He played like a champion,’ BG coach Louis Orr said. ‘Nate has taken the game in his hands, that is what great players do.’ Miller’s strong night started early as he scored the first eight Falcon points and continued to be the Falcons’ offensive stalwart the whole first half finishing with 14 points. Miller was able to make the most of his chances in the opening stanza as he went 5-of-6 from the floor, including a three-pointer with 8:40 to go in the half. He also came through at the stripe, going 3-for-4. ‘I got off to a great start,’ Miller said. ‘I made my first few shots, any player who makes his first few shots is going to be pumped up and ready to play.’ That energy from the beginning carried over to the rest of the game as Miller scored the first two points of the second half with a layup, and his basket with just under 10 minutes remaining tied his career high at 22. It seemed Miller would have had a good chance to pick up his career high with 44 seconds remaining in the game, however a loose ball foul sent teammate Chris Knight to the line instead. Despite not picking up his career high Miller was still pleased with the result. ‘The win is the most important thing,’ Miller said. ‘At the end of the day the most important stat is the W.’ While he was the offensive star of the night, Miller gave most of the credit to guards Darryl Clements and Joe Jakubowski who combined for 11 assists. ‘I’ve got to give credit to our guards, they played like veteran guards today and got me the ball in positions where I could score,’ Miller said. While his scoring was aided greatly by BG’s guard play, Miller took it upon himself to take control of the boards in the second half. After having only three rebounds in the first half Miller pushed for his third straight double-double with seven second half rebounds.’