LYNCHBURG, Va. -- John Caleb Sanders scored a career-high 24 points, on 9-of-11 shooting, as Liberty beat Milligan 81-63 Friday night.
After scoring 15 points in the first half, Sanders made a layup to begin the second half and spark an 18-10 run, helping Liberty push a 38-27 halftime lead to 56-35 with 12:59 left to play.
Milligan (8-7), an NAIA program, got as close as 14 points in the second half, but was held to just 36.1 percent shooting (22 for 61) for the game as the Flames ran away with the victory.
Liberty outscored Milligan 12-0 on fast-break points.
Sanders grabbed seven boards and Tomasz Gielo finished with nine rebounds as the Flames outrebounded the Buffaloes 54-41.
Palaima Ignas led Milligan in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and seven boards.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.