The Brescia Men's Basketball team traveled to West Frankfort, Illinois on Saturday afternoon to take on the Patriots of Morthland College in their final game prior to going home for a few days on Christmas Break. From the tip, the game was a back-and-forth affair that saw both teams struggle on the defensive end of the floor. After a first half that saw multiple lead changes, Brescia managed to score last to take a two-point lead into the halftime break, 37-35.
Coming out of the break, it was more of the same, with neither team able to gain full control of the game. Morthland extended their lead to as much as 5 points at the 10:08 mark, before Brescia finally managed to take command and stretch a lead of their own all the way out to 10 points with 2:17 to go in the game. From there, the Bearcats made just enough free throws to keep the margin at a two-possession game on the way to the final margin of 75-69.
The game was certainly a good one for the fans to watch, as there were 13 ties and 16 lead changes in the contest. For the game, Morthland shot 26-58 (44.8%) from the floor and 7-18 (38.9%) from three-point range. The Patriots were led by Dylan Burmester, who scored 19 points and pulled down 9 boards. Aaron Rushing scored 12 points for Morthland and Will Carmickle had 11 points and collected 9 rebounds of his own.
The Bearcats went 30-65 (46%) from the field and 8-22 (36.4%) from behind the arc. Four players found their way into double-figures for Brescia, led once again by a monster effort from senior Jermain Langley, who scored 18 points while dishing out 10 assists and pulling down 9 rebounds. Dillon Geralds scored 16 points, and Trey Howard (14 points) and Austin Morris (13 points) also passed the double-digit plateau.
Brescia will be off for a few days for Christmas before returning to action on December 28th at Western Kentucky University in a game that counts as an exhibition for the Bearcats.