Kokomo, Ind. – The Midway University men's basketball team returned to action on Saturday, February 11, when they traveled up north to Kokomo, Indiana to take on Indiana University Kokomo in a River States Conference matchup.
The Eagles (2-22, 2-14 RSC) held a 75-65 lead with eight minutes and 33 seconds left, but the Cougars closed the game on a 19-6 run to walk away with the 84-81 win.
Things didn't look good for the Eagles early on as IU Kokomo had the visitors doubled up 28-14 just eight minutes into the game, but Midway battled back with an 11-3 run cutting the deficit to 31-25 when Brandon Johnson (Louisville, Ky.) nailed a triple.
IU Kokomo (10-18, 5-11 RSC) stretched the lead back out to 11 with just over five minutes remaining in the half, but once again the Eagles came battling back. The Eagles got another trey from Johnson sandwiched in between a pair of 3's by DJ Townsend (Morehead, Ky.) that led to a 17-4 run en route to a 51-49 edge at halftime.
The Eagles torched the nets in the first 20 minutes shooting 54.3 percent from the field (19-35) and 64.3 percent from long distance where they went 9-of-14. IU Kokomo did even more damage shooting 61.3 percent overall (19-31) and 64.3 percent from three also going 9-of-14.
Midway would hold the lead for much of the second half as Gerry Milligan (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Khalil Britt (Bowling Green, Ky.) nailed back-to-back triples stretching Midway's lead to its largest of the game at 75-65 with 8:33 remaining.
The Cougars began battling back as Midway's hot hands when cold. IU Kokomo scored 11 unanswered to turn the 10 point deficit into a one point lead at 76-75 with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.
The Eagles came back to tie it at 77, but the Cougars took the lead for good on a free throw with 3:04 remaining. Midway had the deficit down to one on two separate occasions, but couldn't get the stop on the defensive end that they needed as IU Kokomo walked away with the 84-81 win.
Both teams would cool off considerably in the second half as neither shot 40 percent in the final stanza. Midway shot 38.5 percent overall (10-26) and 46.2 percent from three (6-13), while the Cougars shot just 30.6 percent (11-36) and just 14.3 percent from three hitting 3-of-21.
Brandon Johnson paced the Eagles with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting in just over 37 minutes of play. Townsend added 11 points off the bench, while Britt and Milligan finished with nine points apiece. Johnson also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
The Eagles will return to action on Tuesday, February 14, when they host Indiana University Southeast in their second to last home game of the season with tipoff set for 8 p.m. ET.
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