The way the game began on Tuesday night, it looked like it would be a long evening for the Bearcats. The visitors from Morthland College came out on fire, scorching the nets for 48 first-half points as they shot 19-35 (54%) from the floor and a blistering 8-15 (53%) from three-point range. Dylan Burmester led the attack for the Patriots, burying 5 first-half three's on his way to 23 points before halftime. However, Brescia shot an almost equally impressive 17-32 (53%) from the field and hit 8 three-pointers of their own to hold serve with Morthland, and they were able to enter the break only trailing by three points.
In the second half, Brescia's defense that has been the key to their recent success re-emerged from the locker room with the team. A locked-in effort from the Bearcats held Morthland to 31 points on only 11-29 (38%) from the field and 4-14 (29%) from behind the arc, while holding the hot hand of the 1st half, Dylan Burmester, to only 3 points after the break. On the other side of the ball, Brescia continued to execute and get great looks at the rim, shooting 15-29 (52%) for the half. The Bearcats stretched their lead as far as 12 points with 8:57 remaining and held the Patriots at arm's length the rest of the way to secure the 86-79 victory.
For the game, Morthland placed four players in double-figures. They were led by 26 points from Dylan Burmester and he was followed by Aaron Rushing with 18 (along with 11 rebounds), Cody Schultz with 13, and Tyler Burmester with 11.
Brescia finished the contest shooting 53% on the night, including 37% on three-pointers. They outrebounded the Patriots 41-29 and had 25 assists as a team. Four Bearcats found double-digits in the scoring column, led by 21 points from Trey Howard. Dillon Geralds had 15 points, followed by 11 from Jermain Langley (along with a career-best 15 assists) and 10 points from Austin Morris (with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks). The Bearcats also got 20 points off of their bench from Mason Roland (7), Tavon Johnson (6), Isaac Hebner (5) and Ed Carter (2). The fifteen assists for Jermain Langley moved him to an even 400 for his career, good enough for 3rd on the all-time list at Brescia and only 31 behind former Bearcat Doug Denton for 2nd all-time.
Brescia returns to action on Friday night as they travel to Louisville, KY to take on the Bulldogs of Boyce College.