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First half run pushes Midway men’s basketball to conference victory

A 23-2 first half run combined with five players in double figures was the recipe that Midway men’s basketball team needed on Tuesday night when the Eagles picked up a River States Conference victory over Alice Lloyd College inside Marshall Gymnasium. Trailing by as many as 13 in the first half, Midway closed the half on a 23-2 run en route to a 48-36 lead at halftime. Alice Lloyd had the lead down to nine in the second half, but the Eagles held on for the 95-83 victory. The game got off to a frantic up-and-down pace early with the game tied 10-10 just minutes in. Alice Lloyd, which fell to 7-10 overall and 2-5 in River States Conference play, then seized control going on an 11-0 run to build a 21-10 lead. Alice Lloyd had built their lead to its largest of the game at 28-15 following a triple from Ryan House, but Midway battled back thanks to the efforts of Kwon Evans. The sophomore from Louisville sparked a 10-2 rally scoring five straight as Midway cut its deficit to 30-25. The visitors dialed up an answer of their own with back-to-back buckets from Chance Cornett and Noah Young as the lead was back to nine at 34-25, but Midway came roaring back. The Eagles dominated the final five minutes of the first half turning up the pressure on defense, while getting a spark from senior Mychele Bullock off the bench. Within the five-minute span, the Eagles held Alice Lloyd to one of nine from the floor and forced three turnovers. Midway, however, went 9-of-11 from the floor with just one turnover as the Eagles outscored the visitors 23-2. Bullock, a senior from Chicago, provided the other big spark in the rally. He scored 13 of the 23 points in the run, while scoring 10 straight at one point. His 10-2 personal run included a pair of layups and a pair of long range bombs including a step back triple from the left wing. The rally continued into the second half when Midway scored 7 of the first 10 points as the lead ballooned to its largest of the game at 16. Alice Lloyd battled back throughout the second quarter, but every time it got close, Midway dialed up an answer. Alice Lloyd had the lead down to nine at one point, but Midway got a corner three ball from Izaya Sims. A couple of minutes later, back-to-back threes from Ty Sparling had the lead back to 16 as Midway cruised to the 95-83 victory. Evans, a sophomore from Louisville, turned in one of his best performances of his career. Evans posted a career-high 32 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds. He finished the game shooting 12-of-19 from the floor, while going 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Bullock also had a great performance off the bench. The senior had 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Three others also finished in double figures, including Kaleb Britt with 14 points five rebounds and four assists. Ty Sparling had 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting from deep, while Jose Bustamante chipped in with 10 points and four boards. Midway shot 52.2 percent overall and 36.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc, while holding Alice Lloyd to 41.1 percent shooting and 36.8 percent from three.

The Eagles begin a three-game home stand on Thursday, Jan. 17 when they host the University of Rio Grande at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Jan. 19 they host West Virginia Tech at 3 p.m.

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