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Midway University men’s Basketball unable to keep pace with IU Kokomo

The Midway University men’s basketball team returned to action for the first time in a week on Saturday, Dec. 16, when they hosted Indiana University Kokomo at Marshall Gymnasium.

The Eagles (4-8, 1-3 RSC) were unable to keep up with IU Kokomo’s high powered offense as the Cougars (6-7, 3-2 RSC) handed the home team a 99-78 defeat.

Midway posted a solid shooting percentage at 47.8 percent (33-69) from the floor, while shooting 28 percent (7-25) from long distance, but the IU Kokomo offense proved to be too much.

The Cougars entered the game averaging just a shade over 85 points a game and they topped that mark by 14. They also finished the game shooting 50.6 percent (39-77) overall, while hitting 10-of-23 from beyond the arc for 43.5 percent.

The home team got a triple from Bryson Harris in the opening seconds of the game to give Midway a 3-0 lead, but unfortunately that would be the only lead the Eagles held. The Cougars rattled off an 8-2 run to grab an 8-5 lead four minutes into the game.

After IU Kokomo stretched the lead out to 21-12, Midway sophomore Krizell Mitchell scored five consecutive for the Eagles to cut the deficit to four, 21-17. The two teams traded baskets until IUK closed the half on a 6-0 spurt to take a 49-36 lead at intermission.

In the second stanza, Midway cut the deficit to as little as 12 on a couple of occasions in the second frame, but the Cougars dialed up an answer each time as the visitors were able to cruise to a 99-78 victory.

Leading the way for Midway was the duo of Krizell Mitchell and Bryson Harris. The two tallied 19 points each, while Mitchell pulled down six boards. Kaleb Britt added 11 points to go with five assists, while Kwon Evans added eight points.

The Cougars outrebounded the Eagles 46-33, while also holding a 15-7 edge in offensive rebounds. IU Kokomo turned their 15 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points.

Midway will take the next couple of weeks to celebrate the Christmas holiday, but they will be back in action on Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. when they host Point Park (Pa.). Then on Jan. 6, they host Carlow (Pa.) at 3 p.m.

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