The Brescia Men's Basketball team traveled to Pittsburgh, PA this weekend to open up KIAC play on the road against the Pioneers of Point Park University. The last meeting between these two teams was in last season's KIAC Semifinals, where the visiting Pioneers scored 98 points in an upset of the top-seeded Bearcats. Brescia did a much more effective job of controlling the pace of Saturday's game, limiting Point Park to only 58 total points, their lowest total output of the season.
Brescia came out ready to play in the first half and led by nine at the break, 36-27. Point Park made a couple of significant runs in the second stanza to cut into the lead, but the Bearcats were able to keep them at arm's length before pulling away in the last 5:00 for the final twelve-point margin. For the game, Brescia shot 27-62 (43.5%) from the field and only 6-20 (30%) from three-point range. However, the Bearcats played with supreme patience on the offensive end and won the game with their suffocating defense, holding the Pioneers to 22-62 (35.5%) from the floor and just 6-23 (26.1%) behind the arc.
For the game, Point Park was led by Kelvin Goodwin with 21 points and 5 assists. T.J. Lanier also found his way into double-figures, scoring 15 points for the Pioneers. Brescia showed their trademark balance, with seven different players scoring at least 5 points. Austin Morris led the way with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Bearcats. Trey Howard was the only other Brescia player to reach double-digits with 12 points, followed by Ed Carter with a career-best 9 points and Jermain Langley, who scored 9 points of his own while pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists.
The Bearcats will return to action on Sunday as they face off against Carlow University in another KIAC matchup at 1:00pm eastern.