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Late run propels Cincinnati Christian to win over Midway men’s basketball

The Midway University men’s basketball team was back in action on Thursday, Dec. 7, when they returned to River States Conference play with a game on the road at Cincinnati Christian (Ohio). With the game tied at 63 all, Cincinnati Christian (6-5, 2-2 RSC) outscored Midway 17-8 in the final five minutes and change as they walked away with the 80-71 victory over the visitors.

Cincinnati Christian finished the night shooting 46 percent (28-60) overall and just 25 percent (4-16) from behind the arc. Midway (4-7, 1-2 RSC) actually outshot the home team going 29-of-71 (40.8 percent) and 7-for-23 (30.4 percent).

The difference in the game was at the charity stripe where CCU held a big time advantage. The home team shot 31 freebies and hit 20 for 64.5 percent, while Midway only attempted eight,hitting six for 75 percent. The first half was a game of runs as both teams traded punches. With the score tied at eight apiece, Cincinnati Christian went an 8-0 run to double the Eagles up and take a 16-8 lead.

After trading the next couple of shots, Midway responded with a 12-0 run capped off by a Mason Wilson driving layup. Cincinnati Christian, however, landed the final punch in the first half as they went on a 14-7 run to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room.

Midway came out firing in the second half as they held a 49-45 lead thanks to back-to-back baskets by Krizell Mitchell and Jose Bustamante. Cincinnati Christian responded with an 18-7 run that gave them a seven-point edge at 63-56.

The visitors got four straight points from Bryson Harris and a triple from DJ Townsend to tie it at 63-63, but that was as close as they would get as Cincinnati Christian walked away with the 80-71 victory.

Midway had three players finish in double figures with Harris leading the way. The senior tied the game-high 19 points. Bustamante finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while Kaleb Britt added 10 points to go with his four assists.

Mason Wilson – a freshman – turned in a solid effort off the bench. In 24 minutes of action, Wilson recorded seven points and six boards.

The Eagles will return to action one final time before the Christmas holiday on Saturday, Dec. 16, when they host Indiana University Kokomo to cap off a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

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