Midway, Ky. – The Midway University men's basketball team returned to the hardwood on Tuesday night when they hosted the top team in the River States Conference West Division and the No. 24 team in the nation, Indiana University Southeast.
IU Southeast showcased why they are the No. 24 team in the country and the top team in the west division as they defeated the home team by a final score of 92-76.
The Grenadiers (21-5, 15-2 RSC) torched the nets all night as they shot 56.1 percent for the game (37-66), while going 9-of-23 from behind the three point line for 39.1 percent.
The Eagles (2-23, 2-15 RSC) didn't fare as well, but shot a respectable 42.9 percent for the game (27-63). Midway also went 10-of-26 from long distance for 38.5 percent.
Midway was able to keep pace with the Grenadiers in the first half as they held a 17-16 lead at the under 12-media timeout thanks to a triple from DJ Townsend (Morehead, Ky.). The lead was short lived as IU Southeast battled back and built their lead to 14 at the 2:34 mark.
The Eagles, however, wouldn't go away as they came battling back. A pair of long balls from Khalil Britt (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Brandon Johnson (Louisville, Ky.) had cut the deficit down to six, 46-40, heading into the locker room.
The Grenadiers would begin to take control of the game in the second frame. IU Southeast quickly stretched their lead to double digits to open the second half and kept it their throughout the second stanza.
IU Southeast had led by as many as 18 over the final 20 minutes, but the home team wouldn't go away. A pair of freebies from Johnson and 1-of-2 at the line from Brandon Maxwell (Leesville, La.) cut the deficit to 12, but it was too little, too late as the Grenadiers walked away with the 92-76 win.
The Eagles had three players finish in double figures led by Brandon Johnson, who finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Maxwell added 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while DJ Townsend added 15 points off the bench.
Joe Krupinski's squad will return to action on Thursday, February 16, as they host Brescia (Ky.) for Senior Night at 8 p.m. ET in Marshall Gymnasium.
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