Midway, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles traveled to Midway to play the final River States Conference regular-season contest of the season on Saturday, February 22nd. In a game that was tight for over thirty minutes, the home-standing Midway University Eagles eventually pulled away to win, 98-82.
In the first stanza, the home club rode the shooting of DJ Lujan to sprint out to a 31-21 advantage with 7:54 remaining. However, ALC received some solid play from their bench. to mount a comeback. Over the next three minutes, the freshmen duo of center Noah Caudill and guard Tanner Perdue combined for ten points in a 14-2 run. When the dust settled, the visitors led 35-33 with 5:04 left.
MU answered with a 6-0 burst of their own to regain the lead, but the visiting Eagles saw senior guard Blake Smith sink two free throws and then bank a 55-foot missile at the buzzer. Smith’s big shot left his club trailing by just four (45-41) at intermission.
In the second half, Midway would quickly pull out to a double-digit lead. Alice Lloyd would make one final run to get within four (67-63) following a bucket from Chandler Stewart at 9:52, but this time MU would answer for good. Over the next four minutes, they would gradually ease back ahead, and this time, the Caney Creek squad had no answer.
For ALC (13-15; 7-9 RSC), they were led by Smith and junior guard Noah Young with 23 and 14 points respectively. Caudill and Perdue chipped in with 13 and 10 points apiece. Sophomore forward Will Philpot grabbed 9 rebounds while Caudill added 7. Sophomore guards Bryce Slone and Stewart dished out 5 and 4 assists while Stewart registered 3 steals on the day.
The Eagles connected on 41.8% (33-79) from the field and just 11.8% (2-17) from long range. They hit 77.8% (14-18) from the foul line and added 38 rebounds, 12 assists, and 9 steals.
MU (15-14; 7-9 RSC) was led by Lujan with 25 points. His club connected on 50% (36-72) from the field including 39.1% (9-23) from long range. They hit 73.9% (17-23) from the foul line and added 50 rebounds, 24 assists and 4 steals.
Despite the loss, ALC has qualified for the River States Conference Tournament for the first time since 2016. As the 4th seed in the Western Division, the Eagles will travel on Wednesday, February 26th to the top seed, West Virginia Tech University for a 7:30 matchup in Beckley, WV. The two squads faced each other once this season in Pippa Passes on January 23rd. In that contest, WVT came out on top, 88-85, in an overtime thriller.