Walker Miller posts career-high scoring mark in latest game

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Walker Miller #4 of the Monmouth Hawks reacts against the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Walker Miller #4 of the Monmouth Hawks reacts against the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /
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Walker Miller, former UNC basketball reserve and current Monmouth standout, went for a career-high 26 points on Wednesday night.

Walker Miller’s sensational fifth-year senior season at Monmouth continued on Wednesday night when he posted a game-high and career-high 26 points in a home game against Hofstra.

In what could easily be considered the best game of his collegiate career, Miller connected on an ultra-efficient 9-of-12 from the floor, tying his personal record of nine made field goals in a game. That included a 3-for-4 mark from three-point range and 5-for-7 at the free throw line. He also added six rebounds — the ninth time in 13 games that he’s recorded at least a half-dozen boards — in a team-high 36 minutes of play.

And maybe as memorable as any of that was Miller’s surprisingly athletic poster dunk over Hofstra’s Abayomi Iyiola with time winding down in the second half. Miller was also fouled on the highlight-reel dunk and converted his subsequent free throw attempt. Not only did the sequence energize Miller’s team and the hometown crowd at OceanFirst Bank Center, but it also kept the Hawks in the game and down by just three points.

Miller came through again just two minutes later when he knocked down a clutch three-pointer to pull the Hawks to within four. Unfortunately, they were unable to get on the board again and ultimately lost by a final score of 77-71. The loss, only their third of the season, certainly didn’t fall on Miller’s shoulders, though, as the former Tar Heel did just about everything he could to keep them in the game and will them to victory.

Miller has notched double-digit points in 10-of-13 games this season and has a scoring average of just over 14.9 points per game. He’s pulling down nearly seven rebounds per game and shooting 48 percent from the floor. He’s also an 88.6 percent free throw shooter on the season.

Miller and company will be back on the court next Friday when they take on the Marist Red Foxes In their third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season.

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