CINCINNATI, Ohio — A highly anticipated battle between two of the very best in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference lived up to billing with Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter in the building. Aiken came into the night looking to remain unbeaten on the season. While Woodward was looking to follow up on a two-game win streak after falling short in their first two matchups on the year.
In the first quarter, freshman Kanye Moreland got off to a hot start with a 7 point period. However, the play of senior guard Greg Stewart and junior guard Jakada Stone pushed the Falcons ahead as the two combined for 15 of the teams 19 points in the frame.
That’s when sophomore guard Paul McMillan IV turned it on for the Bulldogs. In the second quarter alone, McMillan dropped 15 points and pushed his total up to 19 in the first half. McMillan was able to get into the interior of the Aiken defense to either get to the charity stripe or successfully finish using his go to floater in the lane. The big quarter from the sophomore sensation put Woodward ahead at the break, 38-36.
The Falcons trio of Stewart, Stone, and sophomore guard Robbie Cass did all of the scoring for the purple and gold in the third period. In doing so, Aiken was able to tie things up at 55 despite the Bulldogs getting a well-timed 6 points from junior guard Montev Ware in the period.
With the game up for grabs, we saw just what everyone would expect. Two of the very best guards in the city going toe-to-toe. Paul McMillan IV and Jakada Stone put on a show all night and the two had ten points a piece down the stretch. However, it was the other Bulldogs — junior guard Aaron Davis and the aforementioned Montev Ware — who pitched in at just the right time for Woodward. Once the game was in control, McMillan put the game on ice at the free throw line and the Bulldogs were able to walk away victorious by a final count of 81-73.
Paul McMillan IV led all scorers with 34 points on the night. While Montev Ware added 16 points of his own. Kanye Moreland and Aaron Davis also helped the Bulldogs with 8 points a piece.
For Aiken, it was Jakada Stone leading the charge with an impressive 29 point night. Greg Stewart finished with 23 points and Robbie Cass had 11 points for the Falcons.