Strong second half and balanced attack leads Eagles to Senior Day victory
Following a thrilling overtime victory over Asbury (Ky.) earlier in the week, the Midway University mens’ basketball team returned home to Marshall Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 13, to host Alice Lloyd (Ky.) for Senior Day. Midway would lead by as many 14 in the first half and take a 34-30 lead into the locker room before outscoring the visitors by 18 in the second half en route to the 85-63 victory. The win avenged their loss to Alice Lloyd earlier this season in Pippa Passes on Jan. 19. Prior to the game, Midway honored their nine seniors -- Kwon Evans, Krizell Mitchell, DJ Lujan, Recardo Travis, Izaya Sims, Teewan Wigginton, Will Hudson, Luke Thorburg and Patrick Meyer-Kayser – before their final game in Marshall Gymnasium. Midway parlayed the Senior Day festivities into a strong start as they sprinted out to a 14-3 lead less than four minutes in. The lead came after Hudson, Mitchell, and Evans each connected on a triple, while Travis scored five points in the rally including an “and-one.” Just a few minutes later, Evans drove to basket for two of his 10 first half points, giving Midway its largest lead of the first half at 21-7. Alice Lloyd, however, slowly chipped away and closed the first half on a 12-4 run, cutting Midway’s lead to 34-30 at intermission. Alice Lloyd – which falls to 14-5 on the season following the loss – would cut Midway’s lead to two on two separate occasions early in the second half, but they wouldn’t get any closer. Leading by six at the 16:19 mark, Midway pushed its lead to 63-44 with 9:52 remaining following an 18-5 run. Evans sparked the run with 12 points, including two threes and a thunderous dunk, while Donnie Miller capped the rally with an “and-one. Alice Lloyd would cut the deficit to as little as 13 with just over seven minutes remaining, but Midway answered and stretched its lead to 24 following a 13-2 run. The Eagles would lead by as many as 25 in the final minutes before cruising to the win. Five players reached double figures, led by Evans with 29 points and 10 rebounds. The senior hit 12 of 16 from the floor and 5 of 6 from three in the win. Travis added 17 points and four assists, while Mitchell chipped in 16 points and six boards. Hudson and Donnie Miller added 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Sims grabbed 10 boards. Midway, which improved to 7-9 with the win, shot 47.1 percent overall, while hitting a season-high 12 of 29 from three for 41.4 percent. Alice Lloyd, meanwhile, shot 36.9 percent overall and 33.3 percent from behind the arc. Joe Krupinski’s squad is scheduled to return to action Saturday when they travel to New Albany, Ind. to battle Indiana University Southeast.