Less than 24 hours after taking on the Eagles of Asbury in Wilmore, Kentucky, the Brescia Bearcats found themselves up against another group of Eagles from Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. Coming into the game, both teams had 6 wins in the KIAC, but ALC held the edge in the loss column, with only 2 to BU's 4. In front of a great crowd, both teams brought their best efforts to the game.
Alice Lloyd controlled most of the first half, jumping out to an early advantage and leading by double-figures on a couple of occasions before Brescia fought their way back into the contest, cutting the lead to 44-40 at the halftime break. In the second half, the Bearcats pounded the ball inside and were able to dictate more of the tempo, quickly taking back the lead and setting up a tightly-contested finish.
After both teams missed multiple chances to salt away the victory, Brescia and Alice Lloyd each missed shots in the last 16 seconds of regulation to force overtime. After the two teams traded baskets for the first three minutes of the extra frame, Alice Lloyd got a couple of huge shots to beat the shot clock buzzer and finally put the margin over the top, holding on for the 97-91 victory in a game that certainly had the feel of a conference tournament contest.
Once again, Austin Morris led the way for the Bearcats, scoring 29 points while pulling down 7 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists. Trey Howard scored 16 points before fouling out of the game and Jermain Langley flirted with a double-double, also scoring 16 points and leading the team with 9 boards.
For the game, Brescia shot 35-80 (44%) from the floor and 9-28 (32%) from three-point range. Alice Lloyd finished the game shooting 32-63 (51%) from the field and 5-16 (31%) from deep. The Eagles held the advantage on the boards (37-33) and from the free throw line, as they shot an impressive 28-32 (88%) from the charity stripe compared to just 12-15 (80%) for the Bearcats.
Brescia has a few days to rest before beginning their final stretch of five regular-season games in February, four of which will be in the friendly confines of The Den. They return to action on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00pm as they welcome 25th-ranked Cincinnati Christian University to Owensboro and look to even up the season series. In their first meeting this season on January 14th in Cincinnati, Ohio, CCU held on to defeat the Bearcats by five points, 87-82.