Late run seals Midway Men’s win over Simmons
The Midway University men’s basketball team put an end to their eight game skid on Thursday, Feb.1, with a win over Simmons College of Kentucky inside Marshall Gymnasium.
The Eagles (6-16) led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but after Simmons (4-11) took a one-point lead in the second half, Midway responded with a 14-0 run as they held on for the 81-67 victory over the visiting Falcons.
Midway came out firing on all cylinders building a 10-2 lead after back-to-back triples from Ty Sparling and Jose Bustamante. Sparling went on to hit four more threes in the opening 10 minutes of the first half as the Eagles held a 24-18 lead.
Sparling’s last trey ignited what turned out to 9-0 run that stretched the lead to 12. Another triple from Will Hudson pushed the lead to its largest of the game, 42-25. Simmons, however, battled back as they closed the half on a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 42-37.
The run for the visitors would continue into the second half as they took their first lead of the game at 46-45. After the Falcons held a 48-47 lead, Bryson Harris knocked down back-to-back triples to start a 14-0 run as Midway regained the 61- 48 lead.
Simmons, however, wouldn’t go away as they battled back once again. The Falcons answered with a 12-2 run to cut the lead down to three, 63-60. This time around, Harris scored eight straight points as Midway outscored Simmons 18-7 down the stretch for the 81-67 victory.
Bryson Harris led the way for the Eagles. The senior had a tough first half, but in the second he scored a game-high 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting overall and 4 for 7 from long distance. Harris also went a perfect 4 for 4 at the charity stripe.
Three other players joined Harris is double figures led by Ty Sparling with 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting from long distance. DJ Townsend and Kaleb Britt came off the bench and scored 12 and 10, respectively.
Gerry Milligan only scored three points, but finished with eight assists and seven rebounds. Kwon Evans also pitched in with nine points, six blocks and five rebounds.
Midway is back in action on Thursday, Feb. 8, when they host Cincinnati Christian at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday Feb. 10 the Eagles travel to Indiana University Kokomo. Their final home game is set for Thursday, Feb. 15, when they host Brescia at 7:30 p.m.