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Men’s basketball ends four-game skid with win over Point Park

BRYSON HARRIS, a senior from Louisville, Ky., poured in a game-high 29 points in Midway’s 91-89 victory over Point Park University last week. (Midway athletics photo)

After entering the holiday break on a four-game skid, the two week break couldn’t have come at a better time for Joe Krupinski’s team.

The Eagles (5-8, 2-3 RSC) entered the game against Point Park (Pa.) looking to put an end to their four-game skid and on Thursday, Jan. 4, they did just that as they defeated the Pioneers by a final score 91-89 inside Marshall Gymnasium.

The opening minutes of the game were a back and forth battle with a few ties and a couple of lead changes. After a triple by Mason Wilson tied the game at 28, Point Park went on a 7-0 run to build their largest lead of the game at 35-28.

Over the next five minutes, Midway went on a 21-3 run to regain the lead and take their largest lead of the game at 49-38. In the run, Bryson Harris scored 11 points, DJ Townsend tallied eight, while Jose Bustamante had the other two.

The Pioneers (4-11, 1-5 RSC) responded with a quick 6-0 run, but it was Midway who took a 51-44 lead into the locker room. The trio of Harris, Townsend and Bustamante led the Eagles in the first half. Harris had 18, Townsend added 10, and Bustamante had six points and eight rebounds.

The opening nine minutes of the second half belonged to Midway as they continued to hold a steady lead. After a couple of ties and lead changes, Point Park held an 82-78 lead with 3:55remaining after hitting four consecutive free throws.

Townsend and Harris hit back-to-back triples followed by a driving layup by Gerry Milligan (West Palm Beach, Fla.) to give Midway a one point lead.

After the Pioneers responded with a three to take an 88-86 lead, Midway answered with a triple of their own. Milligan drove and dished it out to an open Bustamante who nailed the three to give Midway a lead they wouldn’t relinquish as they held on for the 91-89 win.

Harris, Townsend and Bustamante combined to score 65 of Midway’s 91 points. Harris led the way with a season high 29 points, while Townsend turned in his best game of the season with 20 points off the bench. Meanwhile, Bustamante registered his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Midway finished the game shooting 50.8 percent (33-65) from the floor, while knocking in 13-of-31 from long distance for 41.9 percent. Point Park shot 48.5 percent (32-66) overall and 42.9 percent (9-21) from beyond the arc for the game.

After traveling to Alice Lloyd on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Midway will return home on Jan. 13 when they host Asbury at 3 p.m. inside Marshall Gymnasium. Then on Tuesday, Jan.16, they host Berea in a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.

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