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Men’s Basketball surpasses century mark in first win of the season

KRIZELL MITCHELL scored 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting in Midway's 103-90 win over the University of Cincinnati-Clermont. (Photo courtesy of Midway Athletics)

The Midway University men’s basketball team wrapped up a busy first week of the season on Friday, November 3, when they hosted Cincinnati-Clermont in their home opener inside the friendly confines of Marshall Gymnasium.

The Eagles surpassed the century mark for the first time in program history as they won their first-ever home game in their 103-90 win over the Cougars (0-1). Midway is now 1-2 on the season through three games.

After Midway jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a Bryson Harris triple, the Cougars responded with a 7-0 run as Midway found themselves trailing 7-3. The Eagles regained a 27-15 lead after a pair of 3’s from Will Hudson.

Cincinnati-Clermont battled back and cut the lead to five, 29-24, but junior, David Jump began to heat up from long range. Jump hit four straight triples, while Harris drained another as Midway built its largest lead of the game at 44-29.

The Cougars cut into the deficit before intermission as the Eagles took a 52-46 lead into the locker room. Midway shot 18-of-32 in the first half, including 8-for-15 from long range. The Cougars shot 16-for-32 overall and 5-of-10 from distance.

Coming out of the halftime break, the Cougars cut the lead to one, but Midway got a much needed boost from their bench in Alex Hofer and Ausar Lewis. Hofer and Lewis finished with eight points each with 12 of those 16 coming in the second half.

Down the stretch Midway turned to sophomore, Krizell Mitchell. After the Cougars took a 76-75 lead late, Midway went on a 10-0 run highlighted by six points from Mitchell that pushed the lead to 85-76 as the Eagles held on for the 103-90 victory.

Mitchell led the way for the Eagles with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He scored 16 of his 20 in the final 10 minutes of regulation. David Jump added 14 points, while Bryson Harris notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Joining Mitchell, Jump and Harris in double figures was the trio of Kwon Evans, DJ Townsend and Will Hudson. Evans had 12, including a pair of rim rattling dunks, while Townsend and Hudson finished with 11 points each off the bench.

Both teams shot at or above 50 percent for the game. Midway shot a season best 52.1 percent (38-73), while the Cougars shot an even 50 percent (33-66).

The Eagles will return to action on Friday, November 10, when they travel to Tennessee Tech University for an exhibition. Then on Tuesday, November 14, they travel to Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Ky. for an 8 p.m. ET tipoff.

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