• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway Univ. women’s basketball defeats Berea in OT

The Midway University women’s basketball team returned to the hardwood on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when the Eagles travelled south on I-75 to face the Berea Mountaineers. It took overtime, but in those extra five minutes the Eagles outscored the Mountaineers 9-3 to win the game 75-69, and earn their fourth win in a row. Midway is now 5-3 on the season. The Eagles were led by three different players who scored in double figures. Freshman Timitryi Patterson provided a spark off the bench and led the team with 20 points. Seniors Breanna Ball and Jasmine Johnson chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, with Ball also pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Neither team shot the ball well, as Midway nor Berea topped 40 percent shooting. In the game, Midway shot 37.7 percent (26-69) from the floor and 32 percent (8-25) from long range, while Berea hit 34.2 percent (26-76) for the game and 32.3 percent (10-31) from the three-point line. The difference for the Eagles was at the charity stripe, where both teams shot considerably better. Midway went 15-of-22 for 68.2 percent, while Berea hit seven in 10 attempts for 70 percent. Midway trailed by four, 21-17, in the second period, but then went on a 9-0 run to take a five-point lead, 26-21. The Mountaineers answered back to the tune of a 14-0 spurt and took a 37-30 lead into the locker room at the half. The Eagles came soaring back in the third period and opened the quarter with a 10-0 run to take a three-point lead with just over six minutes left in the stanza. While Midway led by as many as six points in the period, the Eagles’ lead was cut to one point, 49-48, heading into the fourth quarter. Things looked bleak for the Eagles when they trailed by five with 3:02 remaining, but they battled back with a 6-0 run to take a 63-62 edge. The Eagles then held a two-point lead with seven seconds left, but Berea hit a runner in the lane with three seconds left to tie the game 66-66 and force overtime. Midway came out firing in the overtime period and went on a 7-0 run to open the extra stanza. Berea only scored three points in the OT period and the Eagles walked away with the 75-69 win. Men’s basketball After competing in the Coach Jim Connor Classic Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, the Midway University men’s basketball team returned to River States Conference play on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when the Eagles traveled to Indiana University Southeast to face the Grenadiers. It was a cold shooting night for the Eagles as they were unable to keep up with the streaky shooting from the home team and the Grenadiers won 103-75. With the loss, Midway is now 0-9 overall and 0-2 in RSC play. In the game, the Eagles shot just 36.8 percent (25-68) from the floor and 40 percent (10-25) from the three-point line. Meanwhile, IU Southeast lit it up from downtown going 15-of-31 for 48.4 percent. Overall, the Grenadiers shot 52.9 percent (37-70) from the field. Midway had three different players score in double figures led by senior Bryson Harris, who poured in a game-high 25 points. Senior Tyler Smothers chipped in with a season-high 19, while freshman Brandon Johnson finished with 12 points. After trailing by double figures in the early going, the Eagles battled back to cut the lead to four with just over three minutes remaining in the first half. With a nine-point edge and 1:37 left in the frame, the Grenadiers went on a 7-2 run to take a 52-38 lead into the locker room. IU Southeast opened a 16-point advantage to begin the second half, but Smothers scored a two-pointer and nailed a triple to cut the lead to 11 just two minutes into the second half. The home team answered back with a 14-3 run to extend their lead back out to 22 points, 68-46, with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation. Overall, IU Southeast led by as many 30 points late in the game en route to the 103-75 win. (Information provided by Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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