Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Midway University Goes 2-25 in Inaugural Men's Basketball Season

Midway University just finished its inaugural men's basketball season with a record of 2-25.

The Mountaineers earned conference wins over Brescia and Point Park

While the season ended with a disappointing record, the team improved as the season progressed and will look to build for the future.

Here's a recap from Midway's last game of the season:

Berea, Ky. – The first-ever Midway University men's basketball team saw their inaugural season come to an end on Saturday afternoon when they traveled to Berea (Ky.) in their final regular season game.

The Mountaineers took a 42-37 lead into the locker room and they were able to make it stand in the second half as they walked away with the 96-91 victory.

The Eagles hung with the Mountaineers in the early going as they had built a four point lead five minutes in behind a pair of free throws from DJ Townsend (Morehead, Ky.) and Brandon Johnson (Louisville, Ky.).

Berea (16-8) had battled back and scored nine unanswered en route to building their lead to its largest of the game at 38-26 with 4:33 remaining in the half. Midway closed the half on a high note with an 11-4 run cutting the deficit to five, 42-37, heading into the locker room. The opening minutes of the first half was a back-and-forth battle until the Mountaineers went on a 7-0 run to match their largest lead of the game, 79-67, with just over seven minutes remaining.

The Eagles wouldn't go away quietly as they got an old fashioned three point play from Townsend followed by a triple from Brandon Maxwell (Leesville, La.) cutting an eight point deficit down to two, 84-82, with two minutes and 35 seconds remaining.

Berea, however, responded with a run of their own by scoring seven of the next eight points to extend their lead back to eight. The Eagles cut the deficit to three in the final seconds, but Berea sank a pair of freebies to seal the 96-91 win.

The Eagles had four players score in double figures led by Maxwell who poured in a season-high 21 points. Maxwell also pulled down 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.

Townsend and Johnson added 19 and 16, respectively, while Mychele Bullock (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 11 off the bench.

Midway held the upper hand shooting 47.9 percent from the floor (34-71), while Berea shot 46.2 percent overall (30-65). The Mountaineers connected on 12-of-25 (41.4 percent) from long distance, while Midway shot at a 36 percent clip (9-25) from behind the arc.

With the loss, the Eagles finished their inaugural season with a 2-25 record overall.

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