Playing without their two leading scorers on the season in Trey Howard and Austin Morris, the rest of the Bearcats team answered the bell on Thursday evening and after all but three seconds of gametime, it looked like their efforts would be enough to grab a win. However, Devante Wiltshire of St. Catharine had other ideas and drilled a contested three-pointer from the corner in front of the bench as time expired to take home a one-point victory for the Patriots.
Brescia came out ready, leading by as much as 16 points in the first half. Significant foul trouble cost the Bearcats late in the half, as St. Catharine scored on five straight possessions in the last 3:26 to cut the deficit to only 6 at the break, 42-36. The Patriots rode that momentum right back out of the locker room, expanding their lead all the way out to 13 points at the 9:33 mark of the second half.
Brescia gathered themselves and behind a career-best 28 points from senior Jermain Langley, rallied to take the lead with 1:00 to go. After getting a stop on the defensive end and protecting a 79-77 lead, Brescia committed a turnover on the inbounds pass with less than five seconds remaining. St. Catharine inbounded the ball from the baseline to Wiltshire and he went one-on-one at the end to provide the heroics that gave his team the victory by the slimmest of margins.
For the game, St. Catharine outrebounded Brescia 37-35 and placed four players in double-figures. Chris Johnson led the way with 25 points, followed by Brandon Jones with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Brescia was led by Langley's 28 points and the Bearcats also got 12 points each from Tavon Johnson and Ed Carter.
Brescia returns to action on Saturday at 1:00pm when they travel to West Frankfort, Illinois to take on the Patriots of Morthland College for the second time this season. The Bearcats won the first matchup in The Den, beating Morthland 86-79 on December 1st.