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Late rally comes up short for Midway men’s basketball

DJ TOWNSEND, a senior from Somerset, Ky., posted a new Midway career-high as he went for 33 points on 12-of-21 shooting, while knocking down seven triples in Midway’s 84-73 loss to Ohio Christian University. (Midway Athletics photo)

After playing their last three games on the road, the Midway University men’s basketball team returned to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 27, when they hosted Ohio Christian University inside Marshall Gymnasium.

The Eagles (5-15, 2-10 RSC) trailed by as many as 23 in the second half and made a late rally to cut it to eight, but the Trailblazers (8-14, 4-7 RSC) were able to hold on for the 84-73 win.

In its last few games, Midway has been plagued by slow starts and unfortunately for the home team, Saturday's game was no different. The Trailblazers connected on five three pointers in the first eight minutes on their way to a 21-5 lead at the first media timeout.

Despite trailing by 16 in the first few minutes, Midway battled back thanks to the play of DJ Townsend. The senior scored 14 and knocked down four threes in what turned out to be a 19-4 run for the Eagles that cut the deficit to 25-24

Unfortunately for the home team, the visitors closed the half on a late 9-3 run. The Trailblazers took a 33-27 lead into the locker room.

Ohio Christian came out firing to start the second half as they went on a 16-5 run, including 10 unanswered points to stretch their lead to 17 less than five minutes into the half. After trailing by as many as 23 points in the second stanza, Midway battled back.

The Eagles went on a quick 12-1 run capped off by a triple from Will Hudson to cut the deficit to eight, 79-71, but it was too-little-too-late as Ohio Christian hit their free throws down the stretch and held on for the 84-73 victory.

DJ Townsend led the way and topped his Midway career-high after scoring 33 points on 12 of 21 shooting, including seven long range bombs. Bryson Harris and Kwon Evans added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Gerry Milligan helped Midway win the rebounding battle, 47-43, by pulling down a game-high 11 boards.

The Trailblazers torched the nets shooting 55.4 percent (31-56) overall, while knocking down 58.3 percent from long distance where they went 14 of 24. Midway shot just 32.1 percent (25-78), while hitting 10 for 40 from long range for 25 percent.

After hosting Alice Lloyd on Tuesday, the Eagles are set to host Simmons College of Kentucky on Feb. 1st at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, February 3, they will travel to nearby Wilmore to take on Asbury at 3 p.m.

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