Hurricane indeed started out lightning fast, and had it not been for Shaquan Miller, the game could've gotten away in the first period.
Miller had 12 points in the first for the Highlanders (12-5), including a stretch of five makes in a row, two of them 3-pointers and almost all of them of the highly contested, high-difficulty variety.
His hot shooting helped Huntington narrow a brief 10-point deficit down to two by the end of the period. The lead was never more than six either way for the rest of the game.
Sutherland, who went to school at Hurricane, commended the home crowd.
"Winning does that," Sutherland said of the big crowd. "We've been here so long when we haven't won. We played Princeton in here Thursday night and there was nowhere near the crowd. Finally the word is getting out. I'm seeing people here that I haven't seen in the gym in ages, which is great."
Harris also weighed in, saying that as the community has gotten used to the Redskins winning, so has the team gotten used to big turnouts.
"As we've won more games the fan base got bigger, the student section got louder," Harris said. "I think they're used to us winning and we're used to them being loud, so it's kind of an every-game thing now."
Miller finished with a team-best 16 points for Huntington while Chancellor Wooding chipped in with 15.
The Highlanders hit just 1 of 7 foul shots including 1 for 5 from Nicks.
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