Miller leads men’s team to pair of recent wins

Troy Bruzewski, Sports Editor

Jason Miller has been the go-to guy for the Madison College men’s basketball team, but go-“two” guy may be more accurate.

Miller – a freshman from Kaukauna High School – led the WolfPack in two recent victories, multiplying their season-win total by two and putting him at 22.2 points-per-game average, this season.

After starting 2013 with a 2-17 record, the WolfPack has won two of their last four games with Miller leading the way from the floor.

Miller scored a game-high 26 points in Madison College’s 78-66 win over Rock Valley on Jan. 23. Dominic Fumbanks and Brandon Holz each added 15 points for the WolfPack, who had to overcome an early nine-point deficit.

Madison College managed to dissolve Rock Valley’s lead by halftime, and then the WolfPack’s advantage on the bench started to payoff.

Non-starters contributed 35 points to the WolfPack total, while holding the Golden Eagles to 21 points from the bench. Also aiding Madison College was a turnaround on turnovers. The WolfPack held Rock Valley from scoring any second-half points off turnovers.

The win was No. 3 this season for Madison and No. 4 wasn’t far behind.

After a sound 77-50 defeat at home on Jan. 26 to the College of DuPage in which Miller again led his team with 14 points, the WolfPack got its second win in a week. Miller scored 25 points to lead Madison College to a 80-63 win over Fox Valley on Jan. 28. Miller’s total included a pair of 3-pointers, while Fumbanks made nine of his attempts from the field, to finish with 20 points.

Sharp shooting keyed the win. Madison College hit 49 percent of its shots against Fox Valley, while holding the Foxes to just 34 percent shooting. The WolfPack had a huge rebounding advantage in the game as well, getting 52 rebounds to just 20 for Fox Valley.

In their most recent game, Madison College suffered a 91-57 loss to Triton College on Feb. 2. Triton had five players score in double figures. Madison College was led by Holtz, who scored 18 points, and Miller, who scored 12.

Madison College’s overall record is now 4-19 with a make-up game against Harper College scheduled for Feb. 4. Other home games remaining on the schedule include a Feb. 6 game against Joliet Junior College, a Feb. 13 game against Wilbur Wright College and a Feb. 16 game against Rock Valley College.