The Brescia Bearcats welcomed the #25-ranked Eagles of Cincinnati Christian University to The Den on Tuesday night for an important KIAC Capital Division matchup. A motivated Brescia squad did not disappoint, jumping out to an early lead and extending it to double-figures by the 8:00 mark in the first half. CCU mounted a small rally late in the stanza to cut the homestanding Bearcats' lead to seven at 37-30.
The second half began with Brescia exploding on a 7-0 run in the first 1:52 of the frame, before an exceedingly rare rain delay stopped the basketball contest. Owensboro, Kentucky experienced severe thunderstorms during the contest, bringing very heavy rain and flash flooding to the area surrounding the downtown Brescia campus. A significant roof leak just off of the playing surface occurred at this juncture in the contest, causing the officials to temporarily halt the game with 18:08 to play and Brescia leading 44-30 in order to ensure player safety.
After a delay of more than an hour, the rain subsided enough to allow play to continue. Cincinnati Christian tried to mount a comeback, cutting the lead down to nine points around the 12:00 mark before the Bearcats answered and pushed the lead back out to fifteen. For the last ten minutes of the contest, the Eagles were never really able to threaten the Brescia lead and the Bearcats were able to grab the crucial home victory by the final margin of 81-61.
Brescia dominated the game statistically, outrebounding the Eagles 53-38 and dishing out 15 assists to only 9 turnovers. The Bearcats shot 31-58 (53.4%) from the field and though they were only 2-10 (20%) from three-point range, they locked the Eagles up on the other end of the court, holding the visitors to a frosty 20-67 (29.9%) from the floor and 4-19 (21.1%) from deep.
Austin Morris continued his stellar play as of late, scoring 23 points while grabbing 6 boards and blocking 8 shots. Fellow senior Jermain Langley notched another double-double, his seventh of the season, by scoring 19 points and ripping down 13 rebounds while serving up 5 assists. Sophomore Tavon Johnson came off the bench and contributed in a huge way as well, scoring a career-best 14 points for Brescia.
Brescia continues a three-game homestand on Saturday at 3:00pm with another important KIAC Capital matchup as they host the Grenadiers of Indiana University Southeast.