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Eagles pull away in overtime for 99-89 win over Crowley’s Ridge

JASON GAMMAGE, a junior forward from Riverside, Calif., posted 13 points and 13 rebounds, while also swatting four shots in Midway’s 99-89 victory in overtime over Crowley’s Ridge Saturday, Nov. 10. (Midway Athletics photo)

The Midway University men’s basketball team needed overtime, but they pulled away in the extra period for its third victory of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a win over Crowley’s Ridge College at Marshall Gymnasium.

The Eagles had an eight-point lead with just over five minutes remaining, but the Pioneers (0-4) used a 7-0 run late in the game to take a 75-73 lead with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. After missing on their first shot, Coach Joe Krupinski called a timeout with six seconds remaining.

The ensuing inbounds pass came to junior forward, Jason Gammage, who hit a driving runner down the lane to tie the game at 75 apiece and send it to overtime. The Eagles (3-2) pulled away in overtime connecting on their first five shots as they opened the extra period on an 11-0 run as they never looked back and held on for the 99-89 win. Jason Gammage came up big for the Eagles as he posted his first double-double of his Midway career. Coming off the bench, the junior finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Gammage also was a force on the defensive end with four blocks in the win. Also providing a spark off the bench was Mychele Bullock. The senior guard from Chicago chalked up 15 points and three assists for the Eagles. Bullock shot 5-of-6 overall from the floor, while knocking down three of his four attempts from long distance. After the starters produced just seven points in the opening seven minutes, wholesale substitutions were made for the Eagles and their reserves provided a much-needed spark. A pair of threes from Bullock and Gammage as well as a jumper from Recardo Travis knotted the game at 18 apiece with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The game was a seesaw battle until Midway created separation late in the second half. A 16-2 run that spanned five minutes turned a four-point Crowley’s Ridge lead into an eight-point lead for the Eagles with seven minutes remaining. A 7-0 run from the Pioneers late gave them a 75-73 lead with 20 seconds left in regulation, but the driving runner from Gammage tied the game up at 75-75 sending the game into overtime. A triple from Ty Sparling to open the overtime ignited what was an 11-0 run that gave Midway an 86-75 lead. Back-to-back three point plays from Kwon Evans and Kaleb Britt put an exclamation point on the run as the Eagles hit 7-of-8 freebies in the final minute of overtime to seal the 99-89 victory. The Eagles had five players in double-figures with Kwon Evans, Kaleb Britt and Izaya Sims joining Gammage and Bullock. Evans led the way with 23 points to go with seven rebounds, while Britt and Sims chipped in with 16 points apiece. Midway torched the nets shooting 55.7 percent (34-61) from the floor, while holding the Pioneers to 43.2 percent (32-74) for the game. Midway’s bench also outscored the Pioneer reserves 47-15. After a pair of exhibitions earlier this week, the Eagles will travel to nearby Georgetown College on Saturday when they take on Talladega College in the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.

Then on Tuesday, November 20, Midway will host Welch College as part of the men’s and women’s doubleheader. The women’s game tips at 4:30 p.m. and the men’s at 6:30 p.m.

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