Bearcats Go 0-2 At Maple City Hoopfest
Men's Basketball - Sun, Nov. 2, 2014
The Brescia Men's Basketball team faced some tough competition to open the 2014-15 season at the Maple City Hoopfest, hosted by Goshen College. On Friday night, the team struggled to match the intensity of hosts early, falling behind 9-0 to start the game before rallying to take a brief lead in the first half. In the second half, Goshen again took control and held a steady single-digit lead for most of the game before icing it with late free throws to win 89-80. Brescia was led by a pair of sophomores, as Trey Howard (SO/Owensboro, KY) opened the season with a career-best 28 points on 9-14 shooting and Jordan Cooper-Livers (SO/Bardstown, KY) followed with 23 points and four assists.
On Saturday, the competition level only got tougher as the Bearcats took on tenth-ranked Bethel College (Ind.). Again, the inexperienced Brescia squad got off to a slow start, falling behind 7-0 and trailing by nine at halftime. After falling behind early in the second half by as many as 18 points, the Bearcats rallied together and kept fighting, eventually trimming the lead to 73-70 with just under 4:00 remaining in the contest. Despite the effort, the veteran guards of the Pilots made some big plays, and they held on to defeat Brescia by a final margin of 81-75. The Bearcats were led on Saturday by the efforts of Jordan Cooper-Livers (22 points, 5 ast), Trey Howard (14 points, 3 reb), and Austin Morris (JR/Evansville, IN) (16 points, 9 reb).
Despite the 0-2 start, Brescia Head Coach Josh Gibson was pleased with the overall effort of his squad. "We were not ready to go on Friday night out of the gate, and the 9-0 hole we fell into eventually became the same 9-point final margin by which we lost. Our main goal going into Saturday was to be sure that we focused on the process of getting better every day, and that the Brescia that took the floor against Bethel was a better team than the one that played on Friday. At the end of the day, we weren't able to get the win, but we took some steps as a team that will help us improve and get us one step closer to our goals that we have for the season. I am proud of the way we competed and executed against some tough competition."
The Bearcats return to action on Friday, November 7th, as they travel to the University of Pikeville to play in the BB&T Classic. Brescia will face the host Bears, currently ranked #2 in NAIA Division I, at 7:00pm central (8:00pm locally) in the second of two games on Friday night.