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Comeback bid comes up short for Midway men’s basketball on senior night

The Midway University men’s basketball team was in action on Thursday, Feb. 15 for one final time in 2017-18 as they hosted Brescia for Senior Night inside Marshall Gymnasium.

The Eagles (7-20, 3-15 RSC) trailed by 16 with just over eight minutes remaining as they battled back to tie the game at 91 apiece, but unfortunately the Bearcats (12-16, 9-8 RSC) closed the game on a 6-0 run to hold on for the 97-91 win.

Prior to the game, the Eagles honored their four seniors for Senior Night. Student-assistant coach, Jamille Jones was honored along with players Alex Blackburn, DJ Townsend and Bryson Harris.

The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout until the start of the second half when the Bearcats went on an 18-7 run to build their lead to 63-47 just five minutes into the second half.

Trailing by 15, with eight minutes and five seconds remaining, the Eagles needed something to get them going. That something was provided by Kwon Evans.

The freshman from Louisville, Ky. drove the lane and threw down a rim rattling dunk on a Brescia player to spark the comeback. After Evans hit a free throw to convert the three-point play, the Eagles caught fire from long distance.

Bryson Harris followed the dunk with back-to-back triples from way downtown to cut the deficit to 80-73 with seven minutes remaining. Ty Sparling followed suit with a trey of his own, while Harris drove the lane for a layup as the lead was down to four, 82-78.

After Brescia stretched the lead back out to seven, Harris did his best to bring the Eagles back one more time. He hit a pair of threes, while Evans hit a shot in the lane and Sparling scored off a pass from Gerry Milligan to tie the game at 91 with 57 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Bearcats scored on their next possession as they turned up the defensive pressure forcing a couple of Midway turnovers, while they hit 4 of 5 from the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the 97-91 win.

With it being his final collegiate basketball game, Bryson Harris went out in style. The Midway senior scored a career-high 33 points, including 22 in the second half to lead the Eagles in the comeback. He shot 11 of 22 overall and hit 6 of 9 from the three point line.

Ty Sparling continued his sharp shooting with a career-high 20 points off the bench on 5 of 7 shooting from long distance. DJ Townsend added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Kwon Evans pitched in with 12 points off the bench. Gerry Milligan also dished out eight assists.

Midway finished the game shooting 47.7 percent (31-65) overall and 46.9 percent frombeyond the arc where they went 15 of 32. They also tallied 24 assists on 31 made field goals. Brescia finished the game shooting 54.2 percent (39-72) overall and 23.1 percent (3-13) from long distance.

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