• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway men’s basketball falls to IU Kokomo

BRYSON HARRIS a senior guard on the Midway University men’s basketball team, led the Eagles with a team-high 16 points at home against Indiana University Kokomo on Saturday, Dec. 17. Despite his efforts, IU Kokomo won the game, 64-41. (Photo courtesy Midway Univ. Athletics)

After going over a month without playing a home game, the Midway University men’s basketball team returned to Marshall Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 17, when the Eagles hosted Indiana University Kokomo in a River States Conference matchup.

With the game tied at 61, IU Kokomo’s Trent Elliott knocked down a step-back triple from the left wing to give the Cougars the 64-61 victory.

The Eagles, who are now 1-12 overall and 1-4 in the RSC, got off to a quick start and built a seven-point lead in less than five minutes thanks to the streaky shooting of senior Bryson Harris, who nailed a pair of triples to help Midway grab the early advantage.

Midway continued to lead as freshman Krizell Mitchell grabbed an offensive board and nailed a trey from the wing to give the Eagles their largest lead of the game, 20-11. The lead would be short-lived, however, as IU Kokomo began to battle back.

The Cougars responded with a 15-2 run to take a 26-22 lead with just over eight minutes left in the opening period.

The remainder of the half was a back-and-forth battle, but it was the visitors that took a 42-36 lead into the locker room.

IU Kokomo stretched its lead back out to nine points to start the second half, but the Eagles began to chip away at the deficit.

Freshmen Brandon Johnson and Will Hudson knocked down back-to-back buckets cutting the lead down to one point with 8:40remaining.

The Cougars extended the lead back to seven, but once again Midway came crawling back and answered with an 8-1 run to tie the game at 61 with 2:23 remaining in regulation. Both teams had numerous chances, as they misfired on their next five shots combined, but with 11 seconds remaining, Kokomo’s Elliott nailed a triple to give the Cougars the 64-61 lead.

Midway got one last shot to tie it, but it was off the mark and IU Kokomo walked away with the win.

The Eagles had three players score in double figures led by Harris, who finished with 16 points. Johnson and Hudson chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively. Johnson also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

The Eagles will now take a couple of weeks off to celebrate the Christmas holiday, but will return on Jan. 6 and 7 when they head to Pittsburg, Pa., to take on Point Park (Pa.) and Carlow (Pa.).

Women’s Basketball

The Midway University women’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Marshall Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 17, when the Eagles also hosted IU Kokomo in the River States Conference Game of the Week.

The Cougars scored the first two points of the game and led by as many as 12 points on the way to a 64-58 wire-to-wire victory.

The Eagles, who are now 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the RSC, didn’t help their cause as they shot just 34.9 percent from the floor, hitting just 22 of 63 of their shots. They also struggled from long range, where they connected on one triple in 14 attempts for 7.1 percent.

IU Kokomo fared a bit better shooting 44.4 percent from the field (20-45) and 28.6 percent from the 3-point line where they went two for seven.

The difference in the game was at the charity stripe where the Cougars went to the line for 34 attempts making 22 (64.7 percent), while the Eagles toed the line for 16 attempts making 13 (81.3 percent).

After trailing by eight early on, the Eagles battled back to tie the game at 12-12, but it was the Cougars who held a 16-12 lead after 10 minutes of play.

The Eagles cut the deficit to two points early in the second period, but IU Kokomo responded with seven unanswered points and took a 28-19 lead midway through the period.

The Cougars made the lead stand and took a 36-29 lead into the locker room at the half.

Coming out of the break, Midway cut the lead to three on a layup by freshman Timitryi Patterson, but once again the Cougars responded, this time with a 9-0 run stretching their lead out to its largest of the game, 48-36.

IU Kokomo continued to hold a steady lead throughout the final stanza and led by 11 at 58-47 with 1:28 remaining in regulation.

The Eagles cut the deficit to three points after Patterson hit a basket, was fouled and made the free throw. Then senior Breanna Ball hit a pair of free throws.

But it was too little, too late, as the Cougars walked away with the 64-58 win.

The duo of Ball and Patterson led the way for the Eagles. Ball finished with 15 points, while Patterson added 12.

Juniors Rachel Carter and Patrice Tonge chipped in with eight points apiece, while Carter pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

After the holidays, the Eagles will travel to Pittsburg, Pa., where they will play River Park University on Jan. 6 and Carlow University on Jan. 7.

(Information provided by Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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