Brescia Athletic News
Men's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 26, 2012

The Brescia University men's and women's basketball teams pulled off a sweep Saturday night against Berea in the first round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at the Sportscenter.

The Brescia men claimed a 72-64 victory. The Lady Bearcats won 58-49.

Defense was a key in both wins.

"We got big stops when we needed them," Brescia men's coach Joe Pechota said. "I thought we really did a great job on the boards. (Berea) is a good team."

The Bearcats (15-15) held off Berea after the Moutaineers cut an 11-point lead down to four with 3:07 to play in the game.

Brescia clamped down after that, and Brett Jackson gave the Bearcats a spark at the free-throw line, going 6-for-7 late in the second half.

Chris Way also scored a bucket at the 2:03 mark that put Brescia ahead 67-59.

The Bearcats came into the game ranked 95th out of 126 teams in free-throw percentage, but finished 11-for-17 for 65 percent, 7-for-8 down the stretch.

Derek Davis led Berea with 15 points, and keyed its late rally try by scoring six straight points.

Tevin Webster finished with 14 points and Harry Cross added 12.

The Mountaineers were held to 40 percent shooting, 19-for-48, and were 13-for-22 at the free-throw line for 71 percent. They committed 17 miscues.

Jackson came off the bench to lead the Bearcats with 16 points. Bryce Garrett added 12 and Myron Christian finished with 11.

The Bearcats outrebounded the Mountaineers 37-28, including 12 offensive rebounds.

From the field, Brescia was 26-for-51 from 51 percent. The Bearcats had 16 turnovers.

The Bearcats advance to the second round and will face Asbury in the semifinals at 6:45 p.m. (CST) on Monday in Berea.

Asbury defeated Indiana University East 96-93 in overtime on Saturday.

The Bearcats won both meetings Asbury during the regular season.

"It's hard to beat a team three times," Pechota said. "I'm proud of this group. This group has worked hard.

BEREA (64)

Davis 15, Webster 14, Cross 12, Ponder 8, Clark 6, Cannon 4, Riley 4, Congleton 1.


Jackson 16, Garrett 12, Christian 11, Rowe 9, Way 8, Gates 6, Brown 6, Halcomb 4.